What is the West Valley Rivers Project?
The West Valley Rivers Project is actually two separate, on-going projects: (1) Agua Fria Watercourse Master Plan, sponsored by the Flood Control District of Maricopa County (FCDMC) and (2) New River and Lower Agua Fria River Multi-Modal Corridor Study, sponsored by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), and funded by the Arizona Department of Transportation.
What is the Agua Fria Watercourse Master Plan?
The Master Plan is funded by the Flood Control District of Maricopa County to examine non-structural flood control issues for the Agua Fria River. This project focuses on protecting the public from the hazards of flooding. The Master Plan also provides an opportunity to integrate open space and recreation uses with floodplain management. A watercourse master plan is a comprehensive flood control plan that includes hydraulic engineering analysis, future land use and development, and environmental considerations. The creation of the Master Plan is authorized by state statute (ARS 48-3609.01).
What is the New River-Lower Agua Fria Multi-modal Corridor Study?
The New River-Lower Agua Fria Multi-Modal Corridor Study is a planned 42-mile non-motorized system of urban and rural trails along the New River and Lower Agua Fria River. Designed with the pedestrian, hiker, bicyclist and equestrian in mind, this project offers a unique opportunity to create travel routes to and from homes, businesses, schools and recreation destinations. This study is sponsored by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) with funding through the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and the Transportation Equity Act 21st Century (TEA-21) Transportation Enhancement Program. The Corridor stretches southwest from the community of New River to the convergence of the Lower Agua Fria with the Gila River. Several jurisdictions within Maricopa County are connected by the Corridor including Avondale, Glendale, Goodyear, Peoria, Phoenix, and the community of New River. The design of the trailway emphasizes maintaining the rich diversity of plant and animal habitats, cultural and historic resources, and beautiful vistas found along the river. Protecting these features from the adverse effects of rapid urban development is a main function of the study.
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