La Paz County Supervisor King Clapperton says the Cienega Springs launch ramp has been cleared of debris after last year’s flooding.
The ramp, popular with river goers especially in the summer months, doubles as a drainage channel during flash floods, when the wash may be running. During 2014’s active monsoon season, silt, sand and other debris washed into the ramp area and accumulated at unusually high levels.
Clapperton told Parker Live that La Paz County Public Works contracted with a local construction company with specialized equipment to do the job. The breakdown is as follows:
- Trackhoe 5 hours @ $175/hr = $875
- Loader 3 hours @ $105/hr = $315
- End dump 5 hours @ $100/hr = $500
The total was $1690. The Arizona Department of Emergency Management covered 80% (or $1352) so the cost to the County was only $338.
“Please bear in mind that the river bottom beyond the ramp’s concrete edge may yet be unstable as the current does its eventual job of settling the soil, so if you use the ramp, do so at your own risk and please be careful,” Clapperton added. “Thanks for your patience.”
Cienega Springs launch ramp is open to the public free year-round. It is one of a few public ramps open to boaters, jetskiers and others along the Parker Strip. Others include ramps at the Sheriff’s Department Boating Safety Center, Patria Flats and La Paz County Park.