PA ID# 079-68154; City of San Luis Obispo
DSR ID# 26182; Embankment Restoration on San Luis Obispo Creek
Citation: FEMA-1044-DR-CA; City of San Luis Obispo; DSR 26182
Cross-Reference: Erosion damage, natural feature
Summary: DSR 26182 was prepared to fund the restoration of a 250-foot long by 20-foot wide eroded embankment of San Luis Obispo Creek. A 15-foot long section of a corrugated metal pipe (CMP) was damaged in the eroded area. The DSR was deemed ineligible because it was determined that the creek was a natural stream and not a facility, and that though the CMP is eligible, the repair is less than the $1,000 minimum. The first appeal cited a 1983 local standard, other similar scopes which were found eligible, and the danger of a driveway falling into the creek. The response to the first appeal indicated that the stream is a natural feature. The second appeal provided some additional information on the city's efforts to effect improvements with the Corps of Engineers and through standards. The Region's second appeal transmittal states that no standards require that the stream be restored.
Is the eroded slope a facility?
Is the restoration of the pipe eligible?
No. The eroded slope is not improved and maintained as is required for a natural feature to be a facility.
No. Normally, the pipe would be eligible for restoring its function as it existed prior to the disaster; however, work for less than the minimum DSR amount of $1,000 is not eligible.
Per 44 CFR 206.201(c) the definition of Facility includes improved and maintained natural features. Since the channel of the creek has no improvements (other than the pipe) it is not a facility.
Facilities are eligible to be restored on the basis of their design prior to the disaster, per 44 CFR 206.226. However, the minimum amount for a DSR is $1,000.