In Fiscal Year 2006, the Flood Control District examined a series of alternatives associated with the rehabilitation of White Tanks Flood Retarding Structure (FRS) No.4. Project recommendations included an outfall channel from White Tanks FRS No.3 to White Tanks FRS No.4.
This project combines a soft structural channel and a box culvert along a five-mile stretch of Jackrabbit Trail to convey storm water from behind White Tanks FRS No.3 to White Tanks FRS No.4. The project provides additional protection from southeasterly storm water flows for properties located east of Jackrabbit Trail. From Camelback Road south to I-10, the project provides a 100-year level of protection. After completion of the future White Tanks FRS No.4 Outlet Channel project, storm water conveyed by this project will be conveyed to the Gila River.
The District anticipates completing the project unilaterally. Exclusive of future agreements, operations and maintenance of the completed project will be the District’s responsibility.
Multi-Use Path along Jackrabbit Trail
In conjunction with this project, the Flood Control District of Maricopa County (FCD) agreed to allow the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department (Parks) operate a segment of the Maricopa Trail within an easement on the multi-use maintenance/service path.
The project construction is finished, and Parks and FCD are partnering to finalize permits to allow Parks to open certain segments of the path.
Ultimately, the Maricopa Trail will connect outdoor enthusiasts from White Tank Mountain Regional Park in the northwest valley to Estrella Mountain Regional Park in the southwest valley.