“About 3,500 south Sacramento area homes considered to be at high risk for flooding will shed that designation in May because of flood control projects on two creeks, federal and local officials announced Wednesday.”
“House Speaker John Boehner stopped by California on Wednesday, claiming he wanted to open the spigot for drought-stricken farmers, while doing a little rainmaking for the National Republican Congressional Committee amidst the lush, irrigated golf courses of Palm Springs.”
From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Blog, in a post by Jerry Meral, deputy secretary, California Natural Resources Agency:
“This is the last of a three-part blog summarizing the evolution of public policy for Delta water supplies. Part I examined the original planning for the State Water Project. Part II discussed the impact of the controversy over the Peripheral Canal.
“There should be no question that public thinking about the Delta will continue to change in the future, given the lessons of the past.
From the Eureka Times-Standard, in a commentary by Uri Driscoll:
“About 50 people attended a meeting on Nov. 12 in Eureka to discuss sea level rise and its potential effects on Humboldt Bay. Slides with graphs and numbers and wall size photos of extra high king tides at various locations around the bay were presented.
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“To prepare for the winter season, DWR’s Division of Flood Management teamed up with the California Conservation Corps, the Sacramento Office of Emergency Services, and Local Maintaining Agency Reclamation District 1601 to practice response operations on Twitchell Island. New techniques were explored using Muscle Walls to better protect levees from overtopping damage.”
“Former Vice President Al Gore gave a talk Tuesday at the Sacramento Community Center Theater. It was a spirited extension of his 2006 film, ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ the jeremiad about climate change. …
“Anyone who lives in Sacramento has the nagging knowledge that we are the second-most vulnerable to flooding city in the United States.
The sputter of whirling blades was the soundtrack for the days following the 1986 flood for Chuck Smith, now spokesman for Sutter County, who was then a reporter at the Appeal-Democrat. Smith worked through the night on Feb. 20 after the flood waters burst through the levee into Linda. …
“The stories are part of the legacy of life in a floodplain, where the strength of structures — the levees, dams, bypasses and weirs — bends the natural flow of water to people’s unnatural whims. Every so often, that strength fails.
“The House of Representatives voted 417-3 Wednesday to approve a bill authorizing a broad array of water-related infrastructure projects across the country, including the completion of levee improvements to protect Sacramento from a catastrophic flood.
“The Water Resources, Reform and Development Act aims to shorten the U.S.
“The House of Representatives will consider a water infrastructure bill next week that would authorize the completion of levee improvements in Sacramento, a vote delayed by the now 16-day-old partial government shutdown.”
“Sen. Barbara Boxer said Tuesday that the week-long federal government shutdown has delayed a vote in the House of Representatives on legislation that would help finish improvements to Sacramento’s levee system.”
“It may look muddy and messy, but a gash torn right down the middle of a south Stockton levee should help some of the city’s most disadvantaged residents avoid the threat of mandatory flood insurance in the future.
“Construction workers are using an enormous mud-soaked excavator to dig a 38-foot-deep trench for more than a quarter-mile along the San Joaquin River, just south of the Highway 4 bridge.”
“DeDe Cordell with the Corps says most levee repair and dam improvement projects have carryover funding that will last long enough to avoid any project interruptions. But, some projects with year-to-year funding will be effected. …
“Many projects like the new Folsom Dam spillway have already been funded and will not be effected.”
“Quality assurance was on the minds of local leaders as they toured the construction site of the Feather River West Levee Project. …
“All told, the construction crews have completed about 8,000 feet — or a mile and a half — of the 44 miles of planned levee improvements for the $280 million dollar project. Construction managers expect a much busier season when work resumes on April 15.”
“A House of Representatives committee unanimously approved a bill Thursday to authorize water infrastructure projects across the country, including the long-awaited completion of the Natomas Levee Improvement Project.”
From the California Department of Water Resources’ Spotlight:
“DWR is constructing setback levees to improve flood protection along Cache Creek in rural Yolo County. Setting the levees back from the creek also will benefit fish and other wildlife by creating additional floodplain for stream-shading riparian trees and other vegetation.”
“House lawmakers introduced their version of a bill Wednesday to move forward on an array of water projects across the country, including the final phases of the Natomas Levee Improvement Project.
“The Water Resources Reform and Development Act would authorize repair and improvements to dams and levees, the deepening of harbors and navigation channels, and flood control and coastal protection projects.”