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Commissioners hear plan for long-term solutions to prevent flooding at Swan Lake 

Reno, Nev. July 13, 2020The following highlights several important agenda items from the Washoe County Board of County Commissioners meeting 

1. Commissioners approve Feasibility Studies to evaluate long-term strategies for Swan Lake. Washoe County Emergency Management and the Homeland Security Program led a series of workshops in late 2019 to determine long-term solutions to prevent flooding at Swan Lake. Four primary strategies were identified: removal of water from the lake, divert water upstream of the lake, removal of residences from the lake and contain floodwater within the lake.   Staff recommended the following studies to provide guidance in long-term planning efforts:  

In an update to the Commissioners, staff shared Swan Lake water level data, changes in the designated floodplain area, plans to finalize the 100 year flood plain limits and depth, and their commitment to meet with affected residents and other stakeholders to maximize savings opportunities. 

2. $5.8 Million approved to support affordable housing programs. Commissioners approved the transfer of Washoe County’s share of $5,822,655 of the 2020 Private Activity Bond Volume Cap funds to the Nevada Rural Housing Authority (NRHA) in support of their affordable housing programs.  The award-winning Home At Last program, one of the successful efforts supported by the funding, offers low to moderate income families the opportunity to experience homeownership, often for the very first time.   

To date, nearly 4,000 new homeowners have benefitted from the programs.  “I want to thank the Nevada Rural Housing Authority for the great work that they are doing.  It’s a wonderful program,” said Commissioner Vaughn Hartung. “Homeownership is the basis for a great quality of life and builds great communities.” 

3. Human Services Agency received funding to help assist seniors duringCOVID 19pandemic. County Commissioners approved a $50,000 subgrant award from the State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division to the Washoe County Human Services Agency (HSA) to help care for seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Money from the grant provides funding for the home-delivered grocery service, expanded weekly health checks of homebound seniors and pay for the purchase of personal protection equipment. 

This grant is in response to the emergency circumstances created by COVID-19.  The expanded services created through this grant will conclude as the emergency subsides.  

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