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)