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Atascadero Public Works honored for stabilizing creek

The city’s Public Works Department has been honored for its efforts to stabilize portions of Atascadero Creek.

The Central Coast chapter of the American Public Works Association awarded its “Project of the Year” honors to the city’s work to reverse the erosion that undermined the foundation of former bowling alley that now houses Atascadero City Hall.

City engineers actively worked to protect environmentally sensitive vegetation and endangered animal habitats throughout the project, Director Steve Kahn said in a written statement.

The project included reinforcing the foundation underneath the building at 6907 El Camino Real and transporting 333 fish downstream from the construction.

Their efforts, which were also honored as the “Environmental (Water) Project of the Year” for construction less than $2 million, outpaced other projects, including the Bill Roalman Bike Boulevard in San Luis Obispo and the Atkinson Learning Center in Santa Maria.

-- Stephen Curran

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