(Victor Valley)– The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors today approved a $215,050 contract for environmental and engineering services to begin work on restoring a broken levee at Horseshoe Lake in Mojave Narrows Regional Park.
“Mojave Narrows is a county treasure in the middle of the Victor Valley and this contract is an important step in restoring one of the park’s main attractions,” said Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt.
Horseshoe Lake was artificially created with the construction of a privately-built levee in 1958. The county leased the land for the regional park from the California Department of Fish and Game in 1967.
During the storms of January 2010, water overtopped the levee and the resulting erosion led to a 50- foot breach opening up, which drained the lake. Efforts to obtain funding for repair and restoration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency were unsuccessful.
The contract was awarded to Atkins North America Inc., which will do the engineering and design work for a replacement levee and obtain the necessary environmental clearances. The contract is funded through the county’s Risk Management pool, which is made up of funds set aside for such contingencies. Construction of a replacement levee will be funded after the engineering and environmental work is complete.