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Congressman John Garamendi Announces Major Federal Investment to Complete Two Crucial Sacramento Valley Flood Control Projects

July 5, 2018
Press Release
$13 million has been allocated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete the levee protecting the City of Marysville and $1.5 billion to protect the Natomas Basin

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City), a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Water Resources Subcommittee, announced incredibly good news for the Sacramento Valley: the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will award funding to complete two vital regional levee projects. $13 million has been awarded to complete the construction of the Marysville Ring Levee Project, which encircles the city of Marysville as well as major transportation corridors, and will provide protection against 200-year floods for the entire city. $1.5 billion has also been awarded to complete design and construction of the American River Common Features Project, which will provide 200-year level of protection for parts of Sutter and Sacramento Counties.

“Both of these projects are crucial for the safety of Sacramento Valley communities. I have been fighting to get Congress to invest in these projects for years, and I am ecstatic that these efforts have finally paid off,” said Garamendi. “After the devastation of this past hurricane season, I told Congressional leaders in no uncertain terms that the Sacramento Valley was one major rain event away from being the next major flood story on the evening news. I’m proud that as a result of those efforts, the 12,500 residents of Marysville and the nearly 800,000 people in the Natomas Basin will finally have the protection they deserve, even against 200-year flood events. I appreciate the hard work of both Congresswoman Doris Matsui in advancing the American River Common Features Project, and the Yuba County Water Agency for its efforts on the Marysville Ring Levee. I also want to thank Col. Ray and his team at the Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District Office for their diligent evaluation of these projects.”

“This is a remarkable development for improved flood protection for the people of Marysville.” said Yuba County Water Agency General Manager, Curt Aikens.

The funding for both projects was provided by H.R. 1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which appropriated $15 billion to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for hurricane disaster recovery and proactive flood control projects.