SAFCA staff along with Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials led a second tour of construction on the new spillway at Folsom Dam. Participating on the tour of the new facility as well as a look inside the 57 year old dam were SAFCA board members Roberta MacGlashan, Jeff Smith, James Gallagher and Brian Holloway. Also in attendance was Sacramento City Manager John Shirey.
Attending the first tour of the facility on April 3, 2012 were SAFCA Vice Chair Phil Serna and Board member Susan Peters. Work to make dam safety improvements coupled with the new spillway installation and a look at the Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam improvements helped Board members understand how our local assessment dollars are being spent in conjunction with state and federal monies. Improvements are helping Sacramento to attain minimum 200 year flood protection levels.
“During my recent tour of the Folsom Dam Joint Federal Project, I found it impressive to see the amount of progress that has been made on the project. The project at Folsom dam is the linchpin to Sacramento’s climb toward a 200-year level flood protection, a goal I’ve personally supported as a Metro Chamber Board member and throughout my years on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. I commend our federal partners, the Corps and Reclamation, on their dedication and efforts to expedite the project,” said Supervisor Susan Peters.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors have begun construction of a 3,300 foot floodwall along Morrison Creek. Once completed, the project will provide a 100-year level of flood protection to approximately 1,500 properties. In addition to providing a higher level of flood protection, the project will also relieve property owners of mandatory high-cost flood insurance.
Since the 2007 Symposium, the US Army Corps of Engineers invested in further research by its Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) to study the effects of woody vegetation on the performance of earthen levees. Simultaneously, the California Roundtable for Central Valley Flood Management (formerly the California Levees Roundtable) formed the California Levee Vegetation Research Program to research gaps in scientific knowledge not addressed by the ERDC studies. Other relevant research on the effects of vegetation on levee integrity continues nationally and internationally.
On August 28-30, 2012, a second Levee Vegetation Research Symposium will be held in Sacramento to take stock of what as been learned over the past five years.
SAFCA and the State Department of Water Resources participated in a town hall meeting to discuss recent flood control improvements and the release of the Draft Central Valley Flood Protection Plan. The town hall was hosted by SAFCA Board Member Angelique Ashby and Senator Darrell Steinberg.
Also in attendance was Bill Edgar. Mr. Edgar is an appointee to the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, former Sacramento City Manager and former SAFCA Executive Director. Watch below Mr. Edgar being interviewed about the importance of the Draft Central Valley Flood Protection Plan.