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The Water Resources Development Act Brings Funds to California

An estimated $13.9 billion in projects were authorized for water and flood control projects, with California designated for 10% of those project funds...yet to be funded.

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The Water Resources Development Act passed the Senate 91-4 Wednesday May 16, 2007. An estimated $13.9 billion in projects were authorized for water and flood control projects. At about 10 percent of the total, California ranks second only to flood- and hurricane-ravaged Louisiana, which accounts for 25 percent of the total.

California could receive about $1.4 billion.

Sen. Barbara Boxer of California is the new chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee. The bill, the first such water program legislation to get this far in Congress in seven years, had millions of dollars of projects for California added as it went through the Environment and Public Works Committee.

The money designated for projects in the bill will have to be followed by appropriations legislation to pay for the projects. Full funding of all the water projects in the bill is iffy, given intense competition for federal dollars. But California could have a leg up because Feinstein chairs the Senate's appropriations subcommittee on interior and environment and sits on the subcommittee on energy and water that is likely to handle the bulk of these projects.

The Army Corps of Engineers ranks Sacramento as the U.S. urban area most in danger of serious flooding. The project's total cost is $683 million, with the federal share put at $444 million.

Projects included in the Senate and House water bills include the following in California:

  • Raising the Folsom Dam and adding an auxiliary spillway to increase flood protection in the Sacramento area.
  • $106 million to pay for levee work under the Cal-Fed program in the Sacramento River-San Joaquin River Delta.
  • Marin County environmental restoration at Bel Marin Keys near the former Hamilton Airfield. The federal cost is $166 million, with a local share of $55.5 million.
  • In Santa Clara County, a project for flood control along the Llagas Creek: $65 million federal and $40 million local cost.
  • Port of San Francisco repairs at several piers: $25 million
  • The Army Corps of Engineers would annually dredge the Redwood City Navigation Channel
  • A study of a flood control project in St. Helena in Napa County,
  • A study of the South San Francisco bay shoreline for flood protection and restoration of salt ponds.
For more information, check SFGate

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