Executive Director Mike Inamine Departs for State Job – 1.10.19

After taking an aggressive plan to repair the west Feather River levee from concept to reality in record time, Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency Executive Director Mike Inamine announced on Friday that he’s moving on. Starting in February, Mr. Inamine will join the DWR’s Division of Engineering in a role focused on Oroville Dam and subsidence of the California Aqueduct.

SBFCA’s Director of Engineering Michael Bessette will assume acting executive director duties. The Board is expected to discuss the Executive Director position at its February 13 meeting.

Repairs to Yuba City Levee Continue – Fox 40 News – 8.29.17
Video includes footage of ongoing emergency repairs to three miles of west Feather River levee in Yuba City.

Community Meetings on Emergency Levee Repairs & Other Projects

6:30 p.m., Thursday, October 26
Flood Aware, Flood Prepare Event: Sutter County Veteran’s Hall, 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City

Talk with representatives of the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency (SBFCA) and learn the latest on:

  • Emergency levee repairs in Yuba City
  • Feather River West Levee Project
  • Laurel Avenue Repair project
  • Local, State and federal funding

Community Meeting on Emergency Levee Repairs & Other Projects

12-1 p.m., Thursday, August 17
Boyd Hall, 1895 Lassen Blvd., Yuba City

Meet representatives of the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency (SBFCA) for an informal brown-bag lunch (bring your own) and learn what’s happening with:

  • Emergency levee repairs & construction impacts in Yuba City
  • Feather River West Levee Project
  • Laurel Avenue Repair project
  • Local, State and federal funding

SBFCA Closes Feather River Parkway and 3-miles of bike path for Pre-Construction Activities

The Feather River Parkway north of the 10th Street Bridge, and 3 miles of bike path on the west side of the Feather River adjacent to Yuba City has been shut down to accommodate repairs to the west Feather  River levee. The parkway will remain closed through the completion of construction (anticipated end of November 2017).

Closure Areas: Feather River Parkway and the bike path along the Feather River West levee between roughly Gilsizer Slough in the north (approximately 1 mile north of 10th Street Bridge) to Whiteaker Hall in the south (approximately 1.5 miles south of 5th Street Bridge).

The Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency is constructing emergency repairs to approximately three miles of the Feather River west levee in Yuba City. This segment of levee was not originally included in the larger Feather River West Levee Project, as the Project relied on a slurry wall constructed previously by the Corps. However, recent engineering studies – coupled with the poor performance of the levee during winter and spring storms – indicate that this levee poses an unacceptably high risk to public safety and must be repaired prior to the next flood season. Construction, which will involve the installation of a deep slurry wall to block the flow of water through and under the levee, should be completed by the end of November 2017.

SBFCA Testifies Before House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water and the Environment

On March 9, SBFCA Executive Director Mike Inamine was invited to testify before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water and the Environment in Washington, DC.   The purpose was to examine how the Federal government, in conjunction with its partners in state and local government, can work to reduce inefficiencies and delays in project delivery.  On behalf of SBFCA, Mr. Inamine submitted a written statement, made a verbal statement and responded to questions from subcommittee and full committee members.  According to Inamine, “This hearing was an extraordinary opportunity to present a number of our federal issues with the most important Committee in Congress with regard to Corps programs.  Based on discussions before, during and after the hearing,  our testimony resonated with the Committee.  We will follow up in coming weeks to capitalize on this extremely rare opportunity to highlight important issues as well as advance federal funding.”

Update on Levee Monitoring – USACE Slurry Wall, Yuba City

As part of its work, Levee District 1 and the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency are monitoring the performance of the existing United State Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) slurry wall during this high water event (the wall is generally located between Queens Avenue and Whiteaker Hall in Yuba City). Three areas of seepage have been identified: at the end of Lynn Way within the detention basin at Gilsizer Slough; at the end of Teegarden Avenue; and, along Von Geldern Way. These are not considered emergency issues at this time, and LD1, SBFCA, and the City of Yuba City are taking proactive measures to address seepage conditions. In the meantime, LD 1 and Sutter County will be requesting state and federal assistance (which may include reimbursement for work, construction and/or technical assistance). Congressman Doug LaMalfa will be touring the area, including the Laurel and Cypress sites, on Friday, February 17.

SBFCA Board Authorizes $5M Project to Reinforce Areas on West Feather River Levee

The Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency (SBFCA) Board of Directors has authorized $5 million in immediate actions to reinforce the west Feather River levee along Laurel and Cypress Avenues south of Yuba City, and other unimproved areas as identified by SBFCA. Work could begin this week to install approximately 10,000 feet – or nearly two miles – of seepage berm on the landside toe and fill unused and unlined ditches adjacent to the levee. Once started, construction is expected to be completed within 10 days. Full funding for the project may be provided by the state or federal government. Read more.

Fifth Street Bridge Closures: December 26-January 16

The Fifth Street Bridge in Yuba City will be closed overnight from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., Monday, December 26 to Monday, December 16 for construction work on the Feather River west levee. The bridge will not open during construction hours for any reason. All traffic, including emergency services, must detour to the 10th Street Bridge. Full bridge access will be available from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. during the construction period.

View our video on the levee construction work around the Fifth Street Bridge!

Past News:

Road Closures Planned for E. Gridley Road Bridge Aug. 1-20

Agency Fares Well on State Audit of Grant Funds

NEW – So You Live Behind A Levee

Update on Levee Safety During Wet Winter Months