The Pittman Wash in Henderson is home to various wildlife species as well as hiking trails that are maintained by a non-profit volunteer group called Project Green who fought to make the area a clean and vibrant public asset. But, the City of Henderson is planning to put a concrete channel in the wash to prevent flood waters from damaging nearby homes and causing costly future damage. Project Green says the city went ahead with the plan without public input and they say the channel would displace numerous animals and wetlands in the wash. We talk with members of Project Green and the City of Henderson about the dispute between Pittman Wash supporters and Henderson officials.
Evelyn Gajowski, VP, Project GREEN: Friends of Pittman Wash
I truly believe that we have come to a point in our city where "cover it in concrete" is just not an option anymore. We have a chance to merge good ideas from all sides, from city planning to environmentalists, to create safe and relevant areas that not only do a utilitarian job, but contribute to the overall happiness of our community. Pittman Wash is a prime example of this.Justin Almeida –Jul 13, 2011 14:12:55 PM
This is an erosion problem not a flood control problem. A flood control solution is not appropriate. The houses sit 50 feet above the UPR to Arroyo Grande section of the Pittman wash. Rob Herr noted a 100 year flood would be 9 feet high therefore the houses are not in danger of flood damage and a concrete channel is over kill. Harvey Berenberg –Jul 13, 2011 10:30:34 AM