Two projects are currently underway in East Yorba Linda along the Santa Ana River. An update regarding each project is included below.
santa Ana River Project
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers embankment protection project
For the past few years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been restoring the embankments within the Santa Ana River. The work began in the channel vicinity near Mercado Del Rio and has continued easterly. The first phase of work between Mercado Del Rio and a point west of Old Village Road has been completed; however, the current phase of work which extends from a point west of Old Village Road to Camino De Bryant has been suspended due to contractor performance issues. The U.S. Army Corps terminated the contractor and is currently working through a process to engage a new contractor to complete the remaining work. Due to legal issues with the current contract termination, an exact date for acquiring a new contractor is not known at this time. The project is not a City project nor is the City a party to this contract. However, the City has been actively engaged in communicating with the U.S. Army Corp and the County of Orange on this matter. The U.S. Army Corp indicated they are currently pursuing efforts to acquire an interim contractor that will be able to stabilize the construction site concerns (i.e. areas of standing water, general site maintenance, etc.). The Corp anticipates having an interim contractor on board within the next 45 days. The County of Orange has a role in maintaining the temporary bike/pedestrian trail that is set behind the k-rails on La Palma Avenue. The City has engaged them (along with some of its own forces) to maintain this temporary trail in operable condition. For any additional questions on the project, the most efficient means to obtaining updates would be to contact Luciano Vera with the U.S. Army Corp at PublicAffairs.SPL@usace.army.mil.
Santa Ana River Interceptor Project
Orange county SANITATION District project
Residents may have heard about the Santa Ana River Interceptor (SARI) pipeline rock removal project. A segment of the Orange County Sanitation District’s (OCSD) SARI pipeline was previously located within the Santa Ana River Channel. Over the years, riverbed erosion threatened the pipeline’s integrity and necessitated layers of rock placed adjacent to the pipeline to protect the pipe from future erosion. The layers of rock were placed under special permits that required them to be removed once the pipeline was relocated out of the channel. A segment of the SARI pipeline has since been relocated to the south of the Santa Ana River and OCSD is now scheduled to begin rock removal to fulfill the special permit conditions. This project is not a City project nor is the City a part to this contract. However, the City has been coordinating with OCSD to ensure adequate public information is provided to nearby properties and to ensure that traffic is not negatively impacted on La Palma Avenue due to the project.
Construction activity has already begun within the Santa River in the area closer to Weir Canyon and Mirage Street. However, much of the rock hauling activity will commence in mid-November with access occurring near Via Lomas De Yorba West (across from the industrial/commercial area of La Palma Avenue). Residents will see rocks trucked and hauled off-site. No rock crushing is expected on-site except for extreme cases when rocks need to be sized for safe hauling. For further project information, please email the Orange County Sanitation District at email@example.com or call their construction hotline at 714-378-2965. Residents may also view a construction notice (PDF).