Our region is blessed to sit at the confluence of two great rivers – the American River and the Sacramento River. These rivers bring many opportunities, but they also make us one of the highest risks of flooding in the country. Flood protection remains one of my top priorities, as it is key to the safety and economic vitality of our region. I am working every day to see that our flood protection priorities get the federal attention and funding they require, and to ensure that flood insurance rates remain affordable for all Sacramento residents. We must finish the new spillway at Folsom Dam, improve the American and Sacramento River’s Levees, and complete the South Sacramento Steams Group Project.
In 2014 our region saw an important victory for our flood protection goals. Legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama included language I authored authorizing the Natomas Levee Improvement Project. Natomas’ levees protect more than 100,000 Sacramento residents and billions of dollars of property and infrastructure. This important authorization will allow work to continue on strengthening these levees, making sure they are secure for years to come.