SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Federal, state and local leaders celebrated the completion of the South Sacramento County Streams project during a media event at Florin Creek Park on August 9.
The South Sacramento County Streams project constructed channel and levee improvements, floodwalls, detention facilities, and provided ecosystem restoration and recreation features to areas within the Morrison Creek stream basin. The Morrison Creek Stream Basin includes Morrison, Elder, Florin, Unionhouse and Laguna creeks, covering about 180 square miles.
Congresswoman Doris Matsui, who’s 6th District covers much of the project area, believes in the value of flood risk reduction projects for the community.
"As we head into the next flood season, I am happy to report that another flood protection project is complete. Today is an important milestone in our ongoing work to bolster flood protection in our region,” said Rep. Matsui. “The improvements we've made through the South Sacramento Streams project will provide thousands of residents in the area with better protection from floods. I look forward to continuing to work with the Army Corps and our local partners to ensure we are making the investments we need to secure our flood infrastructure now and into the future."
The project, which received the 2017 Project of the Year award from the American Public Works Association Sacramento Chapter for its Florin Creek channel improvements, will help lower the flood risk for nearly $5.6 billion of infrastructure within the project area, and will remove about 3,000 parcels from a FEMA hazard zone.
“Today demonstrates that working together through partnerships is a powerful tool, and it allows us to complete significant projects for communities where many live, work and play,” said Col. David Ray, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District.
The Corps, Central Valley Flood Protection Board, California Department of Water Resources and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency have been partners on the project since 1996, although a bulk of the work has been completed since 2005.