November 21, 2017

Division Four - Standards for Drainage - Chapter X. Constructed Channel Design Criteria

Chapter X. Constructed Channel Design Criteria

Sec. 410-1 Design Flow

Constructed channels shall be designed to carry the CSDD plus freeboard.

Sec. 410-2 Freeboard

410-2.01 The minimum freeboard between the design water surface, and the top of bank of the channel shall be 0.50 feet or 0.20 of the specific energy, whichever is greater.

410-2.02 If the designed water surface is within the embankment area, the design and construction of the channel shall be in accordance with the levee design criteria, including freeboard requirements.

410-2.03 The minimum freeboard requirements for bridges, culverts, and utility crossings which span open channels and which are existing, planned or projected at the time of channel design shall be in accordance with the requirements specified in Sections 406-2 and 406-3.

410-2.04 Superelevation resultant from directional modification shall be considered prior to computing the required freeboard.

Sec. 410-3 Hydraulic Design

410-3.01 Channels shall be designed with proper allowance for hydraulic losses for all planned and projected future crossings or other obstructions to maintain clearance and freeboard as required.

410-3.02 The water surface and the energy grade line profile shall be computed and plotted for all constructed channels and at locations where natural channels modifications are proposed.

410-3.03 Constructed channels shall not be designed with a slope in the range of ± 20% of critical slope unless freeboard equal to the height for instability waves is added.

410-3.04 A minimum velocity of two (2) feet per second shall be maintained for lined channels to prevent sedimentation.

Sec. 410-4 Structural Design

410-4.01 The minimum bottom width of constructed channels shall be ten (10) feet. A triangular channel may be permitted when the channel side slopes are four (4) to one (1) or flatter.

410-4.02 The minimum centerline radii for curves in constructed channels shall be three (3) times the top width of the design water surface.

410-4.03 Design of slopes shall be predicated upon results of an investigation by a Soil Engineer, subject to the approval of the Director.

410-4.04 Adequate bank protection and drop structures shall be provided where the slopes in the channel are steep and high velocities are present.

410-4.05 Bank protection shall be provided based on the design engineer's recommendations, subject to the approval of the Director. Stress area protection shall extend downstream from the end of the stress area a distance equal to ten (10) times the design water depth, unless the engineer can show that the erosion potential is not excessive.

410-4.06 At drop structures or in other locations where a hydraulic jump may occur, bank protection shall be provided through the hydraulic jump for a minimum distance of six (6) times the sum of the sequent depth and the depth of freeboard. This protection shall cover the invert and extend to the height of the sequent depth plus the height of the freeboard. The protection material may be either concrete, concreted-rock slope protection, sacked concrete, air-blown mortar or other approved alternative.

410-4.07 All channel lining materials and methods shall be specified by the engineer and approved by the Director.

410-4.08 All appurtenant drainage facilities shall be constructed and areas adjacent to channels graded so that erosion will be prevented within the channel right-of-way.

410-4.09 Waterways shall enter the main channel at an angle not exceeding 25 degrees.

Sec. 410-5 Erosion

The engineer shall provide recommendations on all necessary mitigation measures for erosion including bank protection and bottom stabilization of the channel, subject to the approval of the Director.

Sec. 410-6 Fencing

410-6.01 Constructed channels with slopes steeper than four (4) to one (1) with specific energy, at any point, greater than 1.5 feet shall be fenced in its entirety.

410-6.02 A six (6) foot high nine (9) gage chain link fence fabric with tension wire shall be installed on each side of the right-of-way.

410-6.03 At all road intersections, fencing shall be installed to prevent public access to constructed channels.

410-6.04 A 14 foot wide chain link drive gate shall be provided at all points of vehicular access.

Sec. 410-7 Easements/Right-of Ways and Maintenance Ways

410-7.01 Right-of-ways for constructed channels with side slopes steeper than four (4) to one (1) shall be provided as follows:

    1. The right-of-way for channels with top widths greater than 50 feet, as measured to the top of freeboard, shall include the top width of the channel, two maintenance ways (one on each side of the channel), slope easements (when applicable), and interceptor ditch area (when applicable). The maintenance ways shall be a minimum of 15 feet wide. Runoff from the maintenance ways shall be mitigated.
    2. The right-of-way for channels with top widths of 50 feet or less, as measured to the top of freeboard, shall include the top width of the channel, one maintenance way on either side of the channel, slope easements (when applicable), and interceptor ditch area (when applicable). The maintenance way shall be a minimum of 15 feet wide. Runoff from the maintenance way shall be mitigated.

410-7.02 The right-of-way for constructed channels with side slopes four (4) to one (1) or flatter shall be sufficient to contain the top width of the channel (measured from top of freeboard) plus slope easements as needed. A minimum of five (5) feet on either side of the channel shall be provided for maintenance purposes.

410-7.03 Right-of-way for turn-around: Turn-around distance and radii:

At the terminus and at intervals not to exceed one channel mile, turn around areas shall be provided. The minimum inside radii for maintenance roads shall be 40 feet.

410-7.04 Tributary waterways shall be conveyed under maintenance roads in closed conduits or culverts as applicable. Where open channel tributaries cross a maintenance road, a convenient turn-around area shall be provided for maintenance vehicles. The minimum diameter of a turn-around shall be 40 feet.

410-7.05 Right-of-Way for Channels Intersecting Public Roads:

At intersections of the channel with public roads, sufficient right-ofway shall be provided to permit access from the public road to the maintenance road as approved by the Director.

In the event that the channel right-of-way does not intersect a public road, a turn-around or a 15 foot wide access right-of-way shall be provided from a public road to the channel right-of-way at intervals not to exceed one (1) channel mile.

Sec. 410-8 Sedimentation

The determination of sediment yield and proposed mitigation measures of such shall be prepared and recommended by a qualified registered civil engineer, subject to the approval of the Director.


Public Services Building
2700 M Street, Suite 570
Bakersfield, CA 93301-2370

Phone: 661-862-5100 
FAX: 661-862-5101 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.