Congressman John Garamendi

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Congressmen Garamendi Announces Sutter Basin Flood Protection Project Clears Major Hurdle

April 29, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03), a Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is pleased to announce that the Sutter Basin flood control project is slated for authorization in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).  The project’s Army Corps of Engineers Chief’s Report was successfully submitted to Congress this month, a great success for the local community as the project moves a step closer to construction. Garamendi is a Member of the bicameral bipartisan WRDA Conference Committee, which is reconciling differences between the Senate and House passed versions of the bill.

“The Sutter Basin project provides essential flood protection for the lives, well-being, and property of nearly 100,000 residents. Now that it has a Chief’s Report, I am pleased to announce that this vital project has cleared a major hurdle,” said Congressman Garamendi. “For the past two years, the Sutter Basin project has been a top priority of my office. Working with Congressman LaMalfa and a bipartisan coalition on the local and federal level, we were able to partner with the Corps in moving it forward.”

Mike Inamine, Executive Director of the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency said, “This summer we continue construction of the longest, ongoing levee slurry wall in the country, putting hundreds of people to work and minimizing flood risks for residents of the Sutter-Butte Basin. This important public safety project is testament to the Corps’ new way of working with local communities and we are pleased that the Basin was selected to be at the forefront of these modernization efforts. Today’s action in the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee brings us one step closer towards securing full federal approval and we are grateful to our congressional delegation for being strong champions of this project.”

The Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment, which Garamendi serves on, held a hearing today for “A Review of Recent United States Army Corps of Engineers Chief’s Reports and Post Authorization Change Reports.” All Corps projects require a completed Chief’s Report before authorization in WRDA is possible and by including the Sutter Basin in the hearing, the project is on track for authorization when the WRDA Conference Committee completes its work on the conference report in the next few months.

Garamendi added, “After inclusion in WRDA, I will push for the Sutter Basin project to receive adequate funding. These levees will save lives and are cost-effective. I am committed to moving this past the finish line.”

The Army Corps of Engineers estimates that every $1 invested into flood protection produces $7 in benefits.

WRDA authorizes U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funding for flood protection, ports, waterways, drinking water, environmental restoration, dams, and levee projects (click here for more background information).