Indian Wells, CA
Nestled up against the Washington Mountains in California’s Coachella Valley, The Reserve golf course and exclusive residential development faced serious challenges. Located directly within a large alluvial fan, The Reserve was the potential target of severe flash flooding. The flood control solution developed is designed to manage the 35,000 cfs of potential floodwater with image enhancing streams, waterfall mimicking spillways and a 6-acre signature entry lake featuring a blend of natural and manmade rock structures. Even after factoring in the cost of the aesthetic enhancements to the flood control systems, a capital cost savings of over 40% was realized.
Additional premiums were incorporated in the design, including over 20 acres of lakes, a 260-foot bridge spanning the largest of the lakes, and a plunge pool sediment basin to handle overflow. Three thousand linear feet of streams, along with five recirculation pump stations, numerous waterfalls, and picturesque manmade rockwork seamlessly blend the project into its natural desert landscape.