Federal funding keeps Hamilton City flood project afloat

May 27, 2015 3:16 PM by News Staff

The U.S. Senate's Appropriations Committee has approved $15 million for the construction of the Hamilton City Flood Damage Reduction and Ecosystem Restoration Project.

The approved amount is the same as proposed by President Obama in his fiscal year 2016 budget, as well as approved in the House of Representatives earlier this month.

The funding comes in part thanks to the significant support of Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Californian on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

"When it comes to funding, Senator Feinstein continues to be our champion in the Senate," said Lee Ann Grigsby-Puente, President of Reclamation District 2140's Board of Trustees. "She is totally committed to seeing the Project get the funding it needs."

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 City with protection against a 75-year flood event.
Construction is expected to begin this summer on the southern half of the Project. One of the two construction contracts for the first half is already out for bid, with the other expected to be advertised in early June. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hopes to award both contracts by July 10, 2015

The southern half of the Project will be constructed first, with the northern half to start in 2016. Construction in this fashion will minimize the risk to the town of Hamilton City from any flooding event which may occur before construction is finished.

The Project is estimated to cost $72.9 million, with an estimated federal cost of $47.4M million and an estimated non-federal cost of $25.5 million. The Project received federal funding of $8.6 million in 2014 and $3.8 million in 2015.


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