Corps to discuss changes to Folsom Dam facilities at public meetings

Published Feb. 6, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District will host public scoping meetings Feb. 19 and Feb. 24 to discuss and solicit comments for the Folsom Dam Raise Project.

The meetings are the first step in the preparation of a joint environmental impact statement/environmental impact report to evaluate potential impacts as a result of a dam raise project by the Corps in coordination with California’s Central Valley Flood Protection Board, the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Two of the project’s four authorized components will be addressed in the document, including emergency spillway gate modifications and a three-and-a-half-foot raise of the right and left wings of the main dam, Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam and dikes 1 through 8. These flood damage reduction components are expected to enhance the utilization of the reservoir’s existing surcharge flood storage space, as well as increase the temporary water storage space that can be used during rare, extreme flood events.  

The project’s other two authorized components -- downstream ecosystem restoration and temperature control shutter automation and reconfiguration -- will be addressed in future reports.

Staff from the Corps, Reclamation, CVFPB, SAFCA and California’s Department of Water Resources will be on hand at public meetings to address questions on the proposed project and accept comments.

The scoping meetings will be held at the following locations:

Folsom Community Center
52 Natoma Street, Folsom, CA
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Sacramento Library Galleria
828 I Street, Sacramento, CA
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.


Written comments may also be submitted to the Corps or DWR until Mar. 9, 2014 to either of the following:   

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District
Attn: Tyler Stalker
1325 J Street Room 1513
Sacramento, CA 95814

DWR Division of Flood Management
Attn: David Martasian
3464 El Camino Ave Room 200
Sacramento, CA 95821  

Folsom Dam and Reservoir is a multipurpose project owned and operated by Reclamation as a part of the Central Valley Project. The Corps is responsible for prescribing operations pertaining to use of the storage allocated for flood risk management. The dam provides flood risk management benefits to the City of Sacramento and its surrounding areas by regulating runoff from approximately 1,860 square miles of drainage area.
Tyler Stalker

Release no. 14-004