On January 2, 2018, District crews began draining the loop portion of the Contra Costa Canal (Canal) in anticipation of regular annual cleaning. Each winter, the District conducts a full cleaning of 21 miles of the Canal loop from Clyde to the Martinez Reservoir. These temporary closures are necessary to protect public safety in areas where heavy equipment is being operated. The annual cleaning is performed during the winter months when water usage is low and customer impacts can be minimized. The cleaning, which takes 3 months, is safely managed by District crews by utilizing equipment to push the accumulated sediment from the sides and bottom of the Canal. The sediment is then removed with a crane for final disposal.
Rolling closures along the Contra Costa Canal Trail will be in effect through April 2018 as the District performs its annual cleaning of the aqueduct.
The work hours for this project are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Work will begin in Clyde and proceed along the canal to Martinez. If you have any concerns or questions about this work, please call 925-688-8010 during normal business hours.