WHO: Orange County Flood Control District in cooperation with the Orange County Sanitation District and the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority
WHAT: Santa Ana River Interceptor (SARI) Line Relocation Project Groundbreaking Ceremony
WHEN: 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 11, 2011
WHERE: Green River Golf Club 5215 Green River Road Corona, California 92880
WHY: Over the years, erosion has put 4 miles of the SARI Line in jeopardy of failure during heavy rainstorms. Recent upgrades to Prado Dam and other river improvements by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have also significantly increased the potential rate at which water can be discharged into the Santa Ana River in times of need.
Relocating the SARI Line from Green River Golf Club where the pipeline enters Orange County to the SAVI Ranch business complex will have numerous benefits: ensuring continued sewer-service reliability for residents and businesses in Yorba Linda, east Anaheim, Orange and portions of Garden Grove, Santa Ana and Fountain Valley; safeguarding water quality in the Santa Ana River and the riparian habitat along its banks; and protecting the coastal waters and beaches in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, which lie at the mouth of the Santa Ana River. In addition, the Orange County Water District’s water recharge basins, which are adjacent to the Santa Ana River, will be safeguarded against the risk of possible contamination. Ensuring the integrity of the pipeline also safeguards Inland Empire businesses against a break in service, and protects Orange County Sanitation District’s treatment facilities. The SARI Line also helps manage salt levels in groundwater throughout the region.