Federal Funds for Natomas Levees in the Pipe

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President Obama and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have earmarked $5 million for the Natomas Levee Improvement Project.

The funds are meant to complete the Army Corp’s design and engineering needed to take the Natomas project to construction.

“It is the first funding milestone since Congress authorized the project and it is clear evidence that the improvements to Natomas’ levees are moving full steam ahead,” Congresswoman Doris Matsui said in statement issued today. Additional funding, she said, will also keep the Folsom Dam Joint Federal Project on track

The Army Corps Fiscal Year 2015 Work Plan concludes the FY15 funding process, as Congress passed a final appropriations bill in December that has now been formally implemented.

The President’s budget request is the beginning of the FY16 appropriations process. Funding levels for Sacramento’s flood protection projects include:

· Natomas Levee Work – A combined $5 million to complete the design and engineering work for Natomas’ levees and take them to construction. $1,500,000 allocated in FY15 Work Plan and $3,500,000 proposed in FY16 budget.
· Folsom Dam Joint Federal Project – A combined $148.6 million to continue construction on the auxiliary spillway, which will provide greater efficiency in managing flood storage in Folsom Reservoir and 200-year level of protection to much of Sacramento. $92,600,000 allocated in FY15 Work Plan and $56,024,000 proposed in FY16 budget.
· Folsom Dam Raise – A combined $19.8 million to raise the Folsom Dam to improve the region’s flood protection. $1,200,000 allocated in FY15 Work Plan and $18,641,000 proposed in FY16 budget.