In 2006, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers revamped its Levee Safety Program; inventorying the 2,000 levee systems in its portfolio, refining its levee inspection program, and revising its levee safety policies and procedures. The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA) provided funds to jumpstart levee periodic inspections, a more detailed inspection conducted once every five years.
Under $4.6 million in ARRA contracts to engineering firms, the Sacramento District completed 10 levee systems in the Central Valley in 2010, including those in Yuba City, Marysville, Sacramento, and the Stockton area. Periodic inspections of the remaining levee systems, as well as routine, or annual, inspections of levee systems in the Levee Safety Program, are ongoing. (By agreement with the Corps, the California Department of Water Resources conducts levee inspections in California’s Central Valley twice a year, with the Corps conducting routine inspections of 10 percent of those levees for quality assurance.)
The results of Corps levee inspections determine continued eligibility for the Levee Safety Program’s Rehabilitation and Inspection Program (RIP), the Corps’ authority to provide federal aid in repairing levees damaged by floods or storms. They also provide a better picture of levee conditions; an important step in our shared efforts with state and local authorities to communicate flood risk and make informed decisions on how best to reduce it.
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