More than $2 million in funding has been secured to develop a stormwater plan for Marin City and upgrade exterior lighting at the Golden Gate Village housing complex, according to the Marin IJ.
Marin County supervisors, acting as the board of the Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, has signed off on a plan to pay the San Francisco engineering firm Schaaf & Wheeler more than $784,000 for services required to develop the stormwater plan.
The allocation, approved Jan. 24, comes in addition to $10 million in state funding approved to plan defenses for recurring flooding on Highway 101 that blocks the only road in and out of Marin City. The money is available because of an amendment to the 2022 state budget requested by state Sen. Mike McGuire, a Democrat from Sonoma County who represents Marin.
“This watershed study looks at the whole Marin City bowl from top to bottom,” Supervisor Stephanie Moulton-Peters said during the Jan. 24 hearing. “Our Caltrans improvements focus on Donahue Drive and the highway. We’re approaching it from both angles.”
In addition to the work being done to curb flooding, $1.3 million will be spent to replace more than 500 exterior light fixtures at parking lots, structures and paths at Golden Gate Village.
U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, a Democrat from San Rafael, secured $650,000 of that amount by making it one of his earmarks in the 2023 federal budget. The other $650,000 is coming from the county’s general fund.