Category Archives: SAFCA News

DRAFT EIR AND ENGINEERS REPORT RELEASED FOR PROPOSED CONSOLIDATED CAPITAL ASSESSMENT DISTRICT NO. 2

In 2007, SAFCA formed the existing Consolidated Capital Assessment District (CCAD) to fund the local cost share for projects to protect Sacramento from extreme floods.

Since then, however, new Federal and State flood protection standards have been adopted that require additional improvements not anticipated by the CCAD. These additional improvements would address underseepage, erosion and encroachment issues that Federal studies have shown to be the most likely cause of levee failures. Without these improvements, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has determined that many levees in Sacramento do not meet the current design standards to provide at least a 100-year level of flood protection.

In order to fund the additional improvements, SAFCA is proposing to replace the existing CCAD with a new assessment district (CCAD 2) that will increase annual assessments on homeowners by an average of about $42. Assessment amounts will vary based on the flood risk reduction benefit received by each property in the district.  Property owners will have an opportunity to decide via a mail balloting process whether or not CCAD 2 should be formed.

Additional information can be found at http://www.safca.org/Proposed_CCAD2_Assessment.htm

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Flood Watch Newsletter – February 2016 Edition

SAFCA Levee Accreditation Project DEIR Release

SAFCA has released for public review a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for proposed levee improvements along the Lower American and Sacramento Rivers and North Sacramento Streams.

SAFCA is proposing to implement levee improvements in portions of the City and County of Sacramento. Elements of the proposed project include: levee improvements to approximately 4 miles along the NEMDC/Steelhead Creek and Arcade Creek levees; levee improvements to approximately 6 miles of the Sacramento River East Levee in the Little Pocket and Pocket areas.

The DEIR for this project is available for review and comment from March 18 until May 1, 2015.

View the DEIR online
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SAFCA to construct Florin Creek Multi-Use Basin Project

On April 17, 2014, the SAFCA Board approved implementation of the Florin Creek Multi-Use Basin Project. This $4 million project includes constructing two detention basins at Florin Creek Park, which will provide off-stream flood control storage from Florin Creek during extreme storm events. This project, in conjunction with the Florin Creek Channel Project being constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will reduce the flood risk for 450 properties in the area and provide financial relief from mandatory, high-cost flood insurance.

Florin Creek Multi-Use Basin Project rendering
Florin Creek Multi-Use Basin Project rendering

Construction is anticipated to begin in Spring 2015 and be completed by the end of Summer 2015.

Additional information about this project can be found on the South Sacramento Streams Project Web page 

Florin Creek Channel Project draft environmental document released

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is proposing the construction of channel improvements along Florin Creek from Highway 99 to just downstream of Franklin Boulevard.

The construction of this project is anticipated to begin in spring of 2015 and should be completed in 2016. Depending upon the location, the proposed construction activities would include channel widening and concrete lining, installation of floodwalls and sheet piles, and constructing new maintenance access roads/ramps. These improvements, in conjunction with a separate upstream detention basin being constructed by SAFCA, will increase the channel capacity and enable the conveyance of 100-year event flood flows within the channel. This public safety improvement project will reduce the risk of flooding in the area during extreme storm events and ultimately provide financial relief to several-hundred property owners currently subject to mandatory, high-cost flood insurance.

SAFCA has issued an Initial Study (view document) with the intent to adopt a Supplemental Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project.  Comments on the Initial Study must be received by May 6, 2014.

Florin Creek Multi-Use Basin Project draft environmental document released

On March 12, 2014, SAFCA issued a draft environmental document for the Florin Creek Multi-Use Basin Project.

The Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency is proposing to construct flood control improvements in late 2014 or early 2015 at Florin Creek Park that will provide a minimum 100-year level of flood protection to residents in the Parkway Estates area. Once completed, these improvements, combined with improvements the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is constructing along Florin Creek, will provide a higher level of flood protection and financial relief to over 450 property owners paying high-cost flood insurance.

House of Representatives passess WRRDA bill

House_of_Rep_logoToday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3080, the “Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013” by a strong bipartisan vote of 417 to 3. This bill, along with the Senate version previously passed back in May, authorizes the Natomas Levee Improvement Project. The bill will now go to a conference committee to reconcile any differences between the House and Senate versions before going back to the respective chambers for final passage and then to the president for signature. (The Sacramento Bee)

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) passes WRRDA bill

Today, the House T&I Committee unanimously passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA). The bill includes language that would authorize the Natomas Levee Improvement Project.

Phil SernaSacramento County Supervisor and SAFCA Chair Phil Serna noted in a prepared statement, “In representing constituents in the Natomas Basin, both as the Sacramento County Supervisor as well as the sitting chair of the flood control agency acting as the local project sponsor, it is imperative that Congress continue to act responsibly and quickly in moving the WRRDA forward.”  (see full statement)

Congressman Bill Shuster, Chairman of the House T&I Committee, previously said that the bill could go to the House floor sometime in October.

The T&I Committee has a dedicated Web page with more information about the WRRDA, which can be found here.

H.R. 3080 Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2013 rolled out

FinalWRRDABooklet.pdf

The leaders of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) and the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment rolled out the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA) during a Wednesday press conference in the U.S. Capitol. Through this type of water resources legislation, Congress authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out its missions to develop, maintain, and support our Nation’s vital port and waterways infrastructure needs, and support effective and targeted flood protection and environmental restoration needs.

The bill includes language that would authorize the Natomas Levee Improvement Project. The Senate passed their version of the bill back on May 15, 2013. Congressman Bill Shuster, Chairman of the House T&I Committee, previously said that the bill could go to the House floor sometime in October.

The T&I Committee has a dedicated Web page with more information about the WRRDA, which can be found here.

Corps’ Sacramento District Changes Command

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SAFCA Executive Director Rick Johnson (right) talks with Major General Walsh

A new commander is in charge of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District, with operations in eight western states. Colonel William J. Leady relinquished command of the district to Col. Michael J. Farrell in a ceremony at the Masonic Temple in Sacramento today. Farrell is the district’s 31st commander since its inception in 1929. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District executes about $800 million a year on average in planning, design, construction and operation of projects to improve America’s water infrastructure and preserve natural resources, as well as building facilities and infrastructure, and providing real estate services, for the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and other federal agencies.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers preparing to begin levee improvement work at Watt Avenue Bridge

The Corps will begin levee improvement construction along the American River at Watt Avenue in May. Construction will last through November 2013. The levee work at this location is necessary to close a gap in the existing seepage-cutoff wall inside the levee. The Corps built more than 20 miles of seepage cutoff walls into American River levees between 2000-2002. Areas where construction was complicated by encroachments, such as bridges, were set aside for later construction. Nighttime partial lane-closures of Watt Avenue are expected in late July. The American River Bike Trail will remain open during construction, but some trail access-points near Watt Avenue may be intermittently restricted.

The Corps will be hosting a public meeting on Thursday, May 23 at Arden-Dimick Public Library (891 Watt Ave.) between 6:00-8:00PM.

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