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.

USACE News Release

SAFCA representatives travel to Washington D.C. to lobby for Sacramento flood protection

SAFCA Chair Phil Serna and Executive Director Rick Johnson were in Washington D.C. last week meeting with congressional representatives in order to garner federal support in advancing Sacramento flood control projects.

The week prior, Mr. Johnson was asked to provide testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. The committee held a hearing on February 7th to examine the Army Corps of Engineers implementation of critical water resources policies.

Click here to view archived video and Mr. Johnson’s testimony.

Executive Director Rick Johnson
Executive Director Rick Johnson provides testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.


Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer introduce a bill to improve Natomas Basin levees

feinstein-official7-med Boxer-Official-C_1The Natomas Basin Flood Protection Improvements Act of 2013—the companion bill to Rep. Doris Matsui’s H.R. 135—authorizes essential levee improvements in Natomas, including $921.2 million in federal contributions. The improvements protect residents between the American and Sacramento rivers where the Corps of Engineers estimates the risk of levee failure at 1 in 3, with damages from a single flood totaling as much as $7 billion.
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SAFCA contractors begin constructing channel improvements along Unionhouse Creek.

Unionhouse Creek

SAFCA’s contractor, Nordic Industries, Inc., has begun constructing channel improvements along Unionhouse Creek.

This includes installation of a temporary coffer dam upstream of the project area. SAFCA, in partnership with the City of Sacramento, plans to complete the project by the end of October. The project will increase flood protection and reduce flood insurance rates for area residents. The project will cover 1.6 miles of the channel along Consumnes River Blvd., from just west of Bruceville Road to Franklin Blvd.

Reauthorization of National Flood Insurance Progam includes limit on flood insurance increases

Doris-Matsui-7.18_mailer_thOn July 6, 2012, President Obama signed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 extending the National Flood Insurance Program’s authority through September 30, 2017. This authorization includes a provision that caps the amount premiums can increase in any given year when an area is newly mapped into a FEMA high-risk zone. Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui recently sent a notice informing residents of this provision.

First load of concrete poured for Folsom Dam Joint Federal Project auxiliary spillway control structure

2012.5.25_Folsom_JFPAfter nearly 4 years of excavation work, the first load of concrete for the new auxiliary spillway control structure at Folsom Dam was poured today. The control structure will be 146 feet high and contain six steel gates, each 23 feet wide and 34 feet tall. The gates will be 50 feet lower than the spillway gates in the existing dam. This will allow dam operators to release water for flood control storage earlier. The project, a collaboration among the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the State of California and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, began in 2007 and is expected to be completed in 2017. When complete, the $1 billion project will serve as the cornerstone in providing a minimum 200-year level of flood protection to the Sacramento region.

(Sacramento Bee, KCRA 3)