Friday, August 4, 2017

Levee projects underway, but many more are needed


Yesterday I went to Yuba City, where local, state and federal dignitaries kicked off a $28.5 million project to shore up the levee along the Feather River through the center of town that weakened during last winter's storms and Oroville Dam crisis. Crews are doing a separate project south of town, where a section of levee meant to protect agricultural land needed temporary repairs last February and now is getting a more permanent fix.

Northern California's levees are a mess, and while a few projects are ongoing, there are many more that need to be done. I spoke at length with state Sen. Jim Nielsen and state flood control officials about the efforts afoot to secure more money for projects and the timetable for doing them.

Look for my story at CapitalPress.com soon.

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