Project Details

Indian Bend Wash

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Project Contact: Charlie Klenner
Region: NE
District: 2 - Steve Chucri 3 - Bill Gates

The Indian Bend Wash was implemented by a partnership involving the District, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the City of Scottsdale and private developers. The project is a flood control channel stretching from Indian Bend Road south to the Salt River consisting of five components: a greenbelt, an inlet channel, an outlet channel, an interceptor channel, and collector and side channels. The greenbelt, located between McDonald Drive and McKellips Road, is the largest section, a 4.5-mile-long grassy swale used for recreation including playgrounds and open space, golf courses, bicycle and hiking trails, and ball fields. The inlet is located at Indian Bend Road and is a one-mile-long, unlined earthen channel north of the greenbelt. The Indian Bend Wash outlet is also an unlined earthen channel and stretches from McKellips Road to the Salt River, the project’s outfall. The interceptor, side and collector channels collect stormwater and convey it to the main channel. The Arizona Canal is siphoned under Indian Bend Wash.

The Indian Bend Wash project accommodates a 65-square-mile drainage area including portions of Scottsdale and Tempe and provides 100-year flood protection. In accordance with project agreements, the cities of Scottsdale and Tempe are responsible for the operation and maintenance of the project within their jurisdictions, excluding the side and collector channels, which are the responsibility of the District.

Following construction of the Indian Bend Wash, the District cooperated with the City of Scottsdale to construct the related Camelback Side Drain Extension project. The project consists of storm drains along Camelback Road from 64th Street to 68th Street and along Lafayette Boulevard from 64th Street to 68th Street. The drains outfall to the Indian Bend Wash Side Channels system and, ultimately, to the Indian Bend Wash. As it primarily served to mitigate a local flooding hazard, the project was primarily paid for by the City of Scottsdale, with the District reimbursing the City as compensation for providing added protection to a county island. The City of Scottsdale has operation and maintenance responsibility for the side drain extension.

Owner and Maintenance: Scottsdale, Tempe, District
Authorization: Flood Control Act of 1965, Public Law 89-298
IGA #: FCD74007, July 24, 1973 Agreement and Amendment 1, FCD78001, FCD87030, FCD86001


The project was completed in 1985.

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