US Army Corps of Engineers
Jacksonville District

Rio Culebrinas PR (I)

March 2019

FACT SHEET

Rio Culebrinas PR (I)

Investigation (I)

Congressional Districts: Puerto Rico

 

1. DESCRIPTION

The Río Culebrinas basin, located in the northwestern part of Puerto Rico, has an area of 272 square kilometers. Floods represent a threat to life and property of residents from Aguadilla and Aguada, with a combined population of approximately 120,000 inhabitants. The preliminary plan consists of a 1.1 kilometer long, 3.3 meters high, and a levee from Highway 2 to the Espinar community. The levee would prevent floods from Río Culebrinas to enter the Caño Madre Vieja drainage area. This alternative would provide effective flood protection to urban areas of Aguadilla and Aguada.

 

2. FUNDING

 

a. P.L. 115-123: Bi-Partisan Budget Act of 2018, Supplemental:

Current Working Estimate $400,000
Allocation thru FY18 $400,000
Allocation for FY19 $0
 

3. SPONSOR

The Municipality of Aguadilla
P.O. Box 1008, Victoria Station
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico 00605

 

4. STATUS

The PDT is currently preparing a Continuing Authority Program (CAP) Conversion Study which will document the information required to support a decision using supplemental appropriations to proceed to project construction from the previously authorized Rio Culebrinas project. This CAP Conversion report will have a limited scope, and will focus on providing the following information:

  • Updates to the economic analysis,
  • Reaffirm the environmental acceptability including applicability of NEPA
  • Review the technical feasibility of the plan
  • Identify the construction implementation strategy, duration and certified cost

This study effort will rely on previously conducted modeling; permitting and design to the extent practicable and corresponding identified and categorized risks of plan implementation and construction.