Community engagement is key to creating flood risk reduction options!
The Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District is seeking input from the community to develop a Stormwater Plan which will identify options for flood risk reduction in Marin City, an unincorporated neighborhood near Richardson Bay. Community members are invited to share first-hand experiences about flooding impacts with flood control specialists, who will be designing the plan.
The first of three community meetings for the Marin City Stormwater Plan will be held on Thursday, June 1, at Martin Luther King Jr. Academy, located at 200 Phillips Drive in Marin City. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a project introduction, followed by an optional walking tour led by flood control specialists at 6:15 p.m. After the optional walking tour, there will be a facilitated Q&A session to gather input from community members that will help guide development of the plan. Marin City residents will be encouraged to identify flooding hotspots, ask questions about existing flooding conditions, and discuss opportunities to build flood resiliency in Marin City.
The complex geography of the watershed complicates the development of viable flood risk reduction options. During storms, rainfall channels its way from the Marin Headlands into Marin City and funnels out to Richardson Bay. The densely populated area, which was built decades ago on wetlands, experiences stormwater runoff that inundates the neighborhood’s aging drainage system, resulting in localized flooding. These impacts are most intense when high tides and storms occur simultaneously.
The plan will build on findings from previous studies and will identify locations to mitigate flood risk, improve drainage, and maintain public access. It will provide detailed recommendations for potential projects that could be implemented by local or state agencies and to help with grant funding applications necessary for any such project implementation.
All members of the Marin City community are encouraged to attend the in-person meeting on June 1 and continue to remain involved throughout the planning process, which has a targeted completion date of summer 2024.
To learn more about the development of the Marin City Stormwater Plan, please visit the project webpage. For more information on the June 1 community meeting, please see the recent announcement on the website news section.
For disability accommodations please phone (415) 473-6530 (Voice), CA Relay 711, or e-mail MarinCityStormwaterPlan@MarinCounty.org. Copies of documents are available in alternative formats, upon request.