State senator votes to improve flood protection |

State senator votes to improve flood protection

During a recent budget subcommittee hearing, State Senator Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, made the motion to approve over $59 million in bond funds, already approved by voters, to increase flood protection for communities near rivers and water basins.

“Northern California is blessed with beautiful rivers,” Nielsen said. “But in some years of excessive rainfall and heavy snowmelt, much of the Valley is subject to flooding. Flood protection is a concern that must always be addressed.”

Specifically, Nielsen and committee Chair Jim Beall, D-San Jose, approved the following projects that will safeguard farms and homes in Northern California:

-American River Watershed, Folsom Dam Raise Project – $3.3 million

-Folsom Dam Modifications Project – $40.9 million

-Marysville Ring Levee Reconstruction Project – $12.4 million

-Sacramento River Flood Control System Evaluation – $333,000

-Sutter Basin Feasibility Study – $1.3 million

-Yuba River Basin Project – $645,000

The majority of funding for these important projects comes from Proposition 1E, Disaster Preparedness and Flood Prevention, a voter approved program to “rebuild and repair California’s most vulnerable flood control structures to protect homes and prevent loss of life from flood-related disasters, including levee failures, flash floods, and mudslides. Proposition 1E passed with 64 percent of the vote on the November 7, 2006 General Election Ballot.

The budget proposals will move to the Senate Budget Committee for approval.

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