Project Timeline (Updated)


  Activity / Event
June 2008
Public meetings at Cottonwood Junior High School on June 8th and June 9th, 2008, to review flood maps, discuss mitigation measures for the flooding issues in this area, and receive comments from residents.
November 2008
Yakima County Flood Control District Submitted an HMGP grant to FEMA for addressing potential flooding in the area. Grant was not funded due to insufficient flood data information.
November 2010
Yakima County Flood Control District submits PDM grant request for addressing potential flooding in the area. Grant not funded due again to insufficient flood data information.
December 2011
Yakima County Flood Control District submits PDM grant request to Washington State EMD and FEMA for $2,267,500 to address potential flooding in the Shaw and Wide Hollow Creeks area.
May 20, 2012
FEMA funds the PDM Shaw Creek grant proposal pending completion of the environmental work and of the NEPA process. Funds are obligated, but not awarded.
May 2011 - November 2013
Landowners contacted regarding availability of parcels for purchase. West Consulting Inc. is contracted to complete a hydraulic evaluation and preliminary design for the project. Cultural Resource field work is completed for the project.
October 2014 - August 2015
Conduct wetland and ordinary high water mark survey and delineations for project area.
November 2013 - August 2015
FEMA and URS develop draft Environmental Assessment for review.
July 2015
Complete Biological Assessment
August 2015
Complete Draft Environmental Assessment
September 16, 2015
Public meeting was held to review Draft Environmental Assessment and receive public comments. Residents were notified of public meeting schedule.
November 2015
Completion of Final Environmental Assessment and FONSI. FEMA initiating funding of project.
July 2016
Centennial clean water grant is awarded to Yakima County.
January 10, 2017
Yakima Board of County Commissioners execute contract with Washington State Emergency Management Division for FEMA contract to fund flood control project.
June 2017
Complete the 30% design of portions of the project including the Shaw Creek relocation channel, conveyance improvements in Wide Hollow Creek, and Wide Hollow overflow channel.
June 2017 - June 2018
Negotiate and acquire the easements and properties necessary for the construction activities.
June 2017 - June 2018
Complete all necessary permits from the Corps of Engineers, Department of Ecology, and US Fish and Wildlife Services regarding wetland designation, endangered species, and permitting requirements for the project.
2018 - 2019
Construction activities for all elements of the project, including the two bridges, the Shaw Creek relocation channel, conveyance improvements in Wide Hollow Creek, and Wide Hollow overflow channel.
2019 - 2022
Stewardship activities, including planting, re-planting and watering of native trees, shrubs and grass species in the new channel and other disturbed areas of the project.