El Dorado Irrigation’s Flume 51 project was recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) with an award for “Outstanding Small Water Project” in the state of California.
“The Flume 51 project has been a real success for the district and its construction partners,” said EID senior engineer Tim Sullivan. “This is the third time this project has been honored over the last year, and this award is particularly gratifying as it was singled out for being the best small water project in all of California.”
The award, recently announced, was made at an ASCE meeting March 9.
Flume 51— part of the district’s long-term capital improvement program to rehabilitate the Project 184 water conveyance system — was a raised wooden structure traversing steep and unstable landslide-prone slopes. Construction focused on hillside drainage control, landslide material removal, slope grading, and extensive use of woven geotextile fabric to improve soil strength.
“This was a complicated and difficult project and that’s why we got recognized for it,” said EID Board President Norris. “I want to congratulate staff and our contractors, Carlton Engineering and Syblon Reid, for their hard work in making this happen.”