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Posted on: January 24, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Poway Spotlight: Stormwater Division

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Low lying areas prone to flooding around Poway held up through the recent series of storms, and much of the credit goes to the behind-the-scenes work of the Public Works Stormwater division. 

Each October crews begin a three-month effort to remove overgrown invasive (non-native) vegetation along creeks and channels. The Channel Mowing Program is done in compliance with multiple state and federal agency requirements with the end goal of protecting life and property from potential flooding in low lying areas and reducing fire fuels.

“On average, our Stormwater crews cover about 5 ½ miles of a very challenging and unpredictable earthen creek bottom,” said Stormwater Supervisor Bryce Geschke. “And we typically dispose of 30 to 50 bags of litter.”

Despite facing some extra challenges this year, through hard work and teamwork Stormwater crews scrambled to finish ahead of the regulatory deadline and – most importantly – just in time for the abundance of rain to safely collect and flow through the city.

The Stormwater division relies heavily on its track excavator for channel mowing

Poway Creek looking west from the Carriage Road pedestrian bridge before and after

Clearing the channels and creeks came just in time for an abundance of rain

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