On July 1, 2014, construction was completed on the Paintbrush North Emergency Watershed Protection in Coconino County in Arizona.
Coconino County 1Civiltec began work on this project in 2013, to mitigate flood impacts in the Paintbrush Corridor Watershed, after the summer monsoon season brought 18.1 inches of rain. The flood damage experienced by residents in the area that summer was significant. (Click here for more information on the 2013 floods.)

To prevent damage to property during future monsoon seasons, the Paintbrush North Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Project included the creation of sediment reduction measures on the forest and the construction of an off-forest floodwater conveyance. The conveyance now runs from Paintbrush Lane to the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Linda Lane. From there, floodwaters will travel down through the Lower Campbell Ditch to the culverts at Highway 89.

Coconino County 2Plans for the project were design and implemented by a team at Civiltec, lead by Vice President and Principal Engineer Chris Dusza.

“This team really did an incredible job with a set of very challenging projects in a very short period of time,” said Lucinda Andreani of Coconino’s Public Works Department.

“Everything looks amazing,” said Dustin Woodman, Engineering Division Manager for Coconino County Public Works. “All I can say is wow. The whole system, on and off-forest, on both Campbell and Paintbrush is just beautiful and inspiring… The work that this entire team has accomplished is almost beyond description. Neither words nor pictures really do it justice.”

“Chris Dusza has been invaluable,” said Herb Tiffany of Tiffany Construction, “with his engineering knowledge and common sense approach to issue resolution while always displaying a professional attitude towards all.”

More information on the project can be found on the Coconino County website.