Proposed Flood and Erosion Control Project
Eighty years ago, two successful detention berms were constructed in nearby areas by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the berms are still functional today. The CCC berms provide a blue print of what needs to be done today.
Runoff from approximately 9,000 acres of undeveloped rangeland is concentrated into the
Horseshoe Draw (the Draw), which eventually drains into the San Pedro River just south of
the Highway 92 Bridge. The contributing watershed is south of Highway 92, east of the San
Pedro River and begins in Mexico. The Draw is impacted by intermittent and intense
flooding which has created significant head cutting and channel meanders, and other signs
of an unbalanced sediment transport system.
The Hereford NRCD has identified a much needed project which will, if
flooding, erosion and soil loss, road and property damage with an added
benefit of a good
recharge project. The project is identified as the Horseshoe Draw Project
subject reach of the Draw begins approximately 1.2 miles upstream of the
Paloma Trail wet
crossing and stretches southward for an additional mile.
The site has been visited by Karen Riggs, County Engineer, Aubrey Thomas,
Manager, Water Resources, HilgartWilson Engineering and rancher Jack Ladd
property the project is located on. Karen and Aubrey identified the primary
the Project area to reduce flood peaks (and therefore damage to roads and
downstream, reduce and begin healing erosion and soil loss on the
runoff and reduce sediment flows into the San Pedro River.