The City of Santa Ana Public Works Agency (PWA) will be working to reduce flooding after receiving a $5 million grant to upgrade and reconstruct storm drain lines in Downtown Santa Ana and construct an underground storm water infiltration system. Not only will this Downtown Flood Reduction and Storm Water Infiltration project help reduce flooding Downtown, it will also improve water quality and increase local water supplies. The parking lot at 253 E. 3rd St. will also be reconstructed and will include new drought-tolerant landscaping and interpretive signage.
The $5 million grant came from the Proposition 68 Urban Flood Protection Program. To guard against urban flooding and deliver multiple environmental benefits, the California Natural Resources Agency directed $87.6 million in grant funding to 26 projects across the state. The projects, 19 of which will benefit disadvantaged communities, employ a mix of traditional and green infrastructure solutions to alleviate urban flooding and protect persons and property from flood damage. The grants are part of the Urban Flood Protection grant program funded by Proposition 68.