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Congressman John Garamendi Applauds Full Passage of H.R. 8, the Water Resources Development Act of 2018

June 7, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City), a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, whose district includes the Yuba, Feather and Sacramento Rivers, applauded the passage of H.R. 8, the Water Resources Development Act of 2018. The legislation, which sets policy and authorizes Army Corps of Engineers projects across the nation, includes critical flood protection projects in the Third Congressional District.

“The Sacramento Valley is one of the most flood prone areas in the entire country. My district has 782 miles of levees, providing flood protection for urban and rural communities alike, which is why this legislation is so important to the region.” said Garamendi. “This is the third Water Resources Development bill I’ve worked on during my service in Congress, and I’m pleased that it advances numerous projects that will make my constituents safer. This legislation, and my continued work with Army Corps of Engineers local and national leadership, will help reduce the risk of future flood events.”

Congressman Garamendi secured the following provisions in the bill:

  • Language to expedite completion of the Lower Cache Creek Feasibility Study, which will provide greater flood protection for the City of Woodland;
  • Language to allow the Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority to construct three miles of levee on the Yuba River in the Yuba Goldfields;
  • Reauthorization of the National Levee Safety Initiative, which provides funding to map non-federal levees across the nation;
  • Language that makes it easier for the Army Corps to construct more environmentally friendly setback levees where appropriate.

In addition to the projects in H.R 8, Garamendi has advanced critical Third District flood control projects since coming to Congress, including the Hamilton City Project, the Feather River West Levee Project, the Marysville Ring Levee, the West Sacramento Project, the Yuba River Ecosystem Restoration Study, Natomas Basin Levee Project, the Cache Creek Settling Basin.