Water & Drought

Meeting Wednesday on Sacramento Valley flood control

The public will get a chance to weigh in on the future of flood control in the Sacramento Valley at a meeting Wednesday in Sacramento hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The meeting is part of a Central Valley Integrated Flood Management Study being launched by the Army Corps to assess flood control needs in the Sacramento River watershed. It is intended to be the federal companion to the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan, completed in 2012 by the California Department of Water Resources.

Tyler Stalker, a spokesman for the Army Corps, said the goal is a consistent and complementary systemwide strategy for flood risk reduction and environmental stewardship.

“We’re looking at any improvements to reduce costs and impacts should a flood event happen in the future,” Stalker said.

Wednesday’s meeting begins the process of looking broadly at flood control needs. Public input is sought to help identify those needs and where the federal government can play a role. Specific projects will be considered in later phases as the study firms up.

Call The Bee’s Matt Weiser at (916) 321-1264. Follow him on Twitter @matt_weiser.

IF YOU GO

The meeting is from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at South Natomas Library, 2901 Truxel Road, in Sacramento. For more information, visit the project website at http://ht.ly/KkMmZ, call (916) 557-5100 or email CVIFMS@usace.army.mil.

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