PA ID# 111-99111-00; Ventura County
PW ID# 766; San Buenaventura Mission Aqueduct
November 27, 2007
Governors Authorized Representative
Governors Office of Emergency Services
3650 Schriever Avenue
Mather, California 95655
Re: Second Appeal Ventura County, PA ID 111-99111-00, FEMA-1585-DR-CA San Buenaventura Mission Aqueduct, Project Worksheet (PW) 766
Dear Mr. Jacks:
This letter is in response to the above referenced second appeal forwarded by your office on July 30, 2007. Ventura County (County) is appealing the Federal Emergency Management Agencys (FEMA) denial of its first appeal dated March 22, 2007. Winter storms in 2005 eroded the soil around the San Buenaventura Mission Aqueduct (Aqueduct), causing it to fall and break into pieces. The County is requesting $79,969 to repair the facility and mitigate further damage.
As explained in the enclosed analysis, we have determined that the Aqueduct is a public facility that was in active use at the time of the disaster. Therefore, it is eligible for permanent restoration. However, to maintain the historical integrity of the Aqueduct, the scope of work is unlikely to put all the pieces back together, as written in PW 766. FEMA will develop the actual scope of work in consultation with State historic preservation experts. By copy of this letter, I am requesting that the Regional Administrator take immediate action to implement this decision.
Please inform the County of my decision. My determination constitutes the final decision on this matter as set forth in 44 CFR §206.206.
Carlos J. Castillo
Disaster Assistance Directorate
cc: Nancy Ward
FEMA Region IX