The Reno City Council approved a contract with Northern Nevada Excavating to complete the work. The contract is for $349,777. The entire cost of the construction will be covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and Truckee River Fund (TRF) grant funds.
Oxbow Park is considered a nature study area, therefore any projects must help preserve and enhance the natural plant habitat and communities of the property. City staff has worked closely with the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) and other agencies to protect the wildlife habitat of the project area. Work will include embankment protection using a combination of tree root wads embedded into the embankment with an anchoring system along with planting and establishing new vegetation.
There was significant flood damage and erosion at Oxbow Park during the January 1997 and 2006 floods. During the 1997 flood the Truckee River shifted north as much as 80 feet, resulting in the loss of approximately two acres of park property, causing significant damage to park improvements and threatening a major sewer interceptor.
In April 2008 a wildfire burned about 17 acres of the 22-acre park.