Federal Funding Keeps Hamilton City Flood Damage, Ecosystem Restoration Project Afloat

Jul 1, 2013 6:38 PM

After being snubbed funds by the California Legislature, the Hamilton City Flood Damage Reduction and Ecosystem Restoration Project received $15 million in federal funding from the US Senate’s Appropriations Committee’s funding recommendations for 2014. The recommendations were made by the committee last week. The funding came in large support of Senator Dianna Feinstein, the Chair of the appropriations committee on energy and water development.

“Once again, Senator Feinstein really came through for us,” said Lee Ann Grigsby-Puente, President of Reclamation District 2140’s Board of Trustees. “She understands the importance of this project and is really pushing hard.”

Larry Jones, Glenn County’s Sheriff and head of Glenn County’s Office of Emergency Services, is thrilled with the Senate committee’s action.

“This is great news,” Jones said. ““Everyone knows this project is absolutely vital to the public safety of the Hamilton City community. It is long past time for this Project to be in line for the funding it deserves.”

According to the Reclamation District’s press release, the project is a multipurpose flood damage reduction and ecosystem restoration project. The project consists of construction of 6.8 miles of setback levee to provide a more reliable form of flood protection to the community and agricultural areas, as well as degradation of the existing “J” levee. The project also includes reconnection of approximately 1,400 acres of native habitat to the Sacramento River flood-plain.

The District estimates the new Levee will provide Hamilton Coty with protection against a 75-year flood event. Proponents of the project are optimistic it will eventually receive full approval for funding.

“With her support, I think we have a great chance at getting funded,” said Leigh McDaniel, Glenn County Supervisor representing Hamilton City. “Senator Feinstein has been tenacious, and with the bipartisan support of our Congressional delegation, I think there is a good chance the Project will get funded.”

The District’s press release indicated the project will likely take several years, as well as additional funding. The total estimated cost of construction is $52.4 million, of which the estimated federal cost will be $34.1 million and the estimated non-federal cost of $18.3 million.


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