This bio-diverse alluvial fan canyon is one of the most treasured pieces of open space left in Palm Springs. 


Oswit Facts

This graphic shows the diverse species list of flora and fauna found in this alluvial fan.
Species source: US Department of Fish and Wildlife; 2016.

The red area on the image above indicates the proposed residential development site.

This image is a scale model of the size of a county required dam that MUST be built in the canyon before any homes can be built. This dam would literally be the size of the Empire State building laying on its side. It would be easily viewable by every home in that new neighborhood and to thousands of other residents nearby since it would be hundreds of feet higher in altitude than Palm Canyon Drive.

This image shows, in the oval to the left, the location of the last proposed housing development seen above in the other images. Whether 200, 100 or 50 homes are built all would be in a FEMA flood zone. Thus, the need for a massive retention dam behind the property. No matter how this development is put forth to the city council for consideration a county-required retention dam would be required first. The lesser the number of homes built, the less likely it will be that any developer would survive long enough to begin selling those homes. Thus, we organized to stop this entire thing before it begins!

This image shows, in the oval to the left, the location of the last proposed housing development seen above in the other images. Whether 200, 100 or 50 homes are built all would be in a FEMA flood zone. Thus, the need for a massive retention dam behind the property. No matter how this development is put forth to the city council for consideration a county-required retention dam would be required first. The lesser the number of homes built, the less likely it will be that any developer would survive long enough to begin selling those homes. Thus, we organized to stop this entire thing before it begins!

The upper portion of this image where the red arrow is located is where the 1400’ long dam will go. That’s the black bar. The lower portion of this image shows the elevation profile of the dam at the vertical black line mark. (The lower portion depicts the entire hike profile.) The dam will be 100% visible from every trail that can see Oswit Canyon and visible to anyone who lives nearby.

The upper portion of this image where the red arrow is located is where the 1400’ long dam will go. That’s the black bar. The lower portion of this image shows the elevation profile of the dam at the vertical black line mark. (The lower portion depicts the entire hike profile.) The dam will be 100% visible from every trail that can see Oswit Canyon and visible to anyone who lives nearby.