Flood Funding Gets Preliminary OK

THE NATOMAS BUZZ | @natomasbuzz
June 16, 2011

Congresswoman Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, this week announced four of Sacramento’s top flood protection projects were OKd in the House Energy and Water Fiscal Year 2012 Appropriations bill.
The projects are slated to receive over 90 percent of the requested funds which will allow each to continue without delay. The bill was recently passed out of the subcommittee and was scheduled for full committee markup.
“Each one of our projects is a critical component in improving the flood protection of our entire region,” Matsui added. “Taken together, these projects help us achieve the flood protection levels that families and businesses throughout the Sacramento area need and deserve.”
The current funding levels, as written into the legislation before the Appropriations Committee, are as follows:
American River Common Features – $23.1 million
For work within the American River Watershed, including the American River Common Features General Re-evaluation Report, further design work in support of levee improvements in Natomas and levee improvements on the American River.
Folsom Dam Joint Federal Project – $19 million
To continue construction on the auxiliary spillway, which will provide greater efficiency in managing flood storage in Folsom Reservoir.
South Sacramento Streams – $4.5 million
To improve flood protection in the South Sacramento area, some of which still does not have 100 year protection.
Folsom Dam Raise – $906,000
To raise Folsom Dam to help achieve 200-year-flood protection for the region.
The Energy and Water Appropriations bill also includes a “Reserve Fund” that will allocate over $350 million to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the purpose of funding flood protection projects. Each project, whether in President Obama’s budget or not, will have an opportunity to compete for funding included in this reserve fund.


  1. natomasbuzz says

    Fingers crossed for the future!

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