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  • Californians for Flood Safety Outreach

    Matsui
    Announces Initial Funding Levels for Sacramento Flood Protection
    Priorities

    Section 104 Crediting Language Also Included in
    Bill

     

    WASHINGTON,
    D.C.
    – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) announced that
    three of Sacramento's top flood protection priorities were funded in the House
    Energy and Water Fiscal Year 2013 Appropriations bill.  The bill was passed by
    the full House Appropriations Committee today, and will next be up for a vote by
    the full House of Representatives.

    In this current economic climate,
    several regions throughout the country are seeing significant project cuts or
    are receiving no funding. However, Sacramento's projects together will receive
    more than $93 million.

    'While I understand the need to
    reign in the federal budget and reduce our national deficit, public safety must
    not be compromised just to meet a bottom line,' said Congresswoman Matsui. 'We
    cannot afford to put thousands of Sacramento homeowners and businesses at risk.
    The federal government must continue to be a partner in Sacramento's flood
    protection efforts, and I am pleased to see many of our critical projects
    receive the funding they need to move forward. I will continue working every day
    to see that our region's projects get the federal support they need and
    deserve.'

    Congresswoman Matsui has been a
    tireless advocate for federal support for Sacramento's flood protection
    priorities since she was sworn into office in 2005. She continues to be in
    constant contact with leaders of the Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of
    Reclamation, the State of California, the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency
    (SAFCA), and other agencies to ensure that construction continues on time and on
    budget, and has continued to argue Sacramento's case to her colleagues on the
    Appropriations Committee through both conversations and formal letters.

    The current funding levels, as
    written into the legislation before the Appropriations Committee, are as
    follows:

    American River Common Features – $6,080,000
    For work within the American River Watershed, including the American
    River Common Features General Re-evaluation Report, further design work in
    support of levee improvements in Natomas and levee improvements on the American
    River.

    Folsom Dam Joint Federal Project – $82,300,000

    To continue construction on the auxiliary spillway, which will
    provide greater efficiency in managing flood storage in Folsom Reservoir.

    Folsom Dam Raise – $4,800,000
    To
    raise Folsom Dam to help achieve 200-year-flood protection for the
    region.

    In addition, the Energy and Water
    Appropriations bill takes into account concerns that have been voiced,
    particularly across California, regarding the Army Corps of Engineers
    elimination of Section 104 crediting. This crediting provided certainty to local
    governments who decide to move forward on levee improvement projects with local
    and state money, with the assurances that the federal government will be a
    partner down the road. Unfortunately, following their elimination of Section 104
    crediting, the Army Corps moved to Section 221 crediting, which has a much more
    rigorous set of criteria in order to get credit – including obtaining a Chief's
    Report, which often is a multi-year process. This move is holding up projects,
    even those that are being thoroughly vetted and are critical to public
    safety.

     

    Due to Congresswoman Matsui's advocating,
    the Energy and Water Appropriations bill calls for a more flexible policy for
    crediting, and directs the Secretary to review existing policy to determine if
    changes should be made so that there can be variance in the policy instead of a
    one-size-fits-all policy. The Secretary is required to report this within 60
    days of enactment of the appropriations bill.


    'The Army Corps' recent
    decisions regarding federal crediting for local work is another blanket approach
    that doesn't take into account the characteristics and variables of each
    project. I am hopeful that the Secretary will move forward with a policy that
    gives our region's projects the certainty they need.'

     

     
    Dear Friends,

     

    On behalf of Congresswoman Doris Matsui I wanted to
    update you on the continuing congressional efforts to authorize, fund and finish
    the levee improvements in Natomas.

     

    Yesterday, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara
    Boxer introduced legislation (S. 1810) in the Senate that mirrors Congresswoman
    Matsui’s legislation (HR 433 – The Natomas Basin Flood Improvements Act) that
    could serve as the basis for federal support for the levee project.  The Senate
    is in the process of collecting projects for a Water Resources Development Act,
    which traditionally has served as the legislative vehicle that levee
    improvements are authorized.  The Natomas Levee Improvement Program (NLIP) is of
    crucial importance to both Senators and the Senate is looking to move forward on
    a WRDA in the coming months. 

     

    Please see the following news releases for further
    information:

    ·         Senator
    Feinstein: http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2011/11/feinstein-boxer-introduce-bill-to-improve-sacramento-levees

    ·        
    Congresswoman Matsui: http://matsui.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3159&Itemid=120
    (also below)

     

    Getting the NLIP authorized, funded and completed
    remains Congresswoman Matsui’s highest priority and the introduction of
    legislation by California’s two Senators is a sign of progress.  Please contact
    me if you have any questions about this matter.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Nathan Dietrich

    District Director

     

    FOR
    IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    Friday, December 16, 2011

     

    Congresswoman Matsui Announces Funding
    for Sacramento Flood Projects in Year-End '
    Megabus'
    Bill

     

    WASHINGTON,
    D.C.
    – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) voted to pass the
    nine-bill 'megabus' appropriations package for fiscal year 2012. The megabus
    included the Energy and Water appropriations bill which funds the Army Corps of
    Engineers and, in turn, Sacramento's flood projects. The House-passed version of
    the bill earlier this year included a 9.6 percent reduction in funding for
    Sacramento's projects. However, Congresswoman Matsui continued to advocate on
    behalf of Sacramento's flood protection to the Conference Committee, and the
    projects ultimately saw only a slight reduction from the President's request for
    FY12.

     

    'Each one of Sacramento's projects
    is a critical component to improving our flood protection and ensuring our
    region's public safety,' said Congresswoman Matsui. 'I am very pleased to see
    Sacramento's flood projects getting the funding they need and deserve in this
    'megabus' bill. While many other Corps projects were zeroed out or substantially
    cut, I worked to ensure that Sacramento's projects were able to move forward
    without delay.'

     

    The final funding levels, as
    included in the conference agreement, are as follows:

    American River Common Features – $25,037,000   


    For work within the American River Watershed, including
    the American River Common Features General Re-evaluation Report, further design
    work in support of levee improvements in Natomas and levee improvements on the
    American River.

    Folsom Dam Joint Federal Project
    $20,580,000

    To continue construction on the auxiliary spillway,
    which will provide greater efficiency in managing flood storage in Folsom
    Reservoir.

    South Sacramento Streams – $4,900,000

    To improve flood protection in the South Sacramento
    area, some of which still does not have 100 year protection.

    Folsom Dam
    Raise
    – $980,000

    To raise
    Folsom Dam to help achieve 200-year-flood protection for the
    region.

    Additionally, the conference
    agreement also includes a new 'Reserve Fund' that will allocate over $59 million
    to the Corps for the purpose of funding flood protection projects. The Reserve
    Fund may allow Sacramento's flood protection projects to receive even greater
    funding.



    'I plan to
    continue working vigorously on securing federal support for Sacramento's flood
    protection, and am hopeful that the new Army Corps Reserve Fund will provide
    additional funding opportunities for our priorities,' added Matsui.

     

    Congresswoman Matsui has been a
    tireless advocate for federal support for Sacramento's flood protection
    priorities since she was sworn into office in 2005.  In the last year alone, she
    has been in constant contact with leaders of the Corps of Engineers, the Bureau
    of Reclamation, the State of California, the Sacramento Area Flood Control
    Agency (SAFCA), and other agencies to ensure that construction continues on time
    and on budget, and has continued to argue Sacramento's case to her colleagues on
    the Appropriations Committee through both conversations and formal
    letters.

     

    The megabus bill is expected to
    pass the Senate and be sent to the President for his signature this
    afternoon.

     

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE
    RELEASE                                                                     

    Monday, November 7, 2011

     

    CONTACT: ALANA JUTEAU

    (202) 225-7163

     

    Congresswoman Matsui Applauds Feinstein, Boxer
    Introduction of Companion Natomas Legislation

    Thanks Senators for Continued Efforts on Natomas Flood
    Protection Issue

     

    WASHINGTON,
    D.C.
    – Today, following Senators
    Feinstein and Boxer’s (D-CA) introduction of companion legislation to
    Congresswoman Matsui’s own Natomas Basin Flood Protection Improvements Act, Congresswoman
    Matsui released the following statement:

     

    “I applaud Senators Diane
    Feinstein and Barbara Boxer for their continued commitment to improving
    Sacramento’s flood protection. As momentum towards a WRDA bill continues, our
    legislation will ensure Natomas continues to be at the forefront of that
    debate. 

     

    “The Natomas Flood Improvement
    Program is a critical public safety project that will protect 100,000 people,
    create over 2,500 jobs, will ensure our community is properly protected and most
    importantly it cannot be delayed. I thank Senator Feinstein and Senator Boxer
    for introducing companion legislation to my H.R. 433 in the Senate, and I look
    forward to continuing to work with them and our colleagues to ensure the project
    is authorized, funded and completed.”

     

    Senator Feinstein serves as
    Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    Appropriations. Senator Boxer is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment
    and Public Works.