Notices & Documents

Notices

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

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 FY2016 Audit Documents

Financial Report
Management Report


Public Notice: Request for Permission to Modify a U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Project under Section 408 for the OWA Flood Stage Reduction Project

The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public; Federal, State, regional, and local agencies and officials; Native American Tribes; and other interested parties regarding the Oroville Wildlife Area Flood Stage Reduction Project. Comments received within 30 days of this publication will be used in the evaluation of potential impacts of the Requester’s Preferred Alternative on important resources and in the evaluation of

whether the proposed alteration would be injurious to the public interest and/or would impair the usefulness of the authorized project. Only the specific activities that have the potential to occupy, use, or alter the Oroville Wildlife Area Unit-D will be evaluated. Please limit comments to the area of the alteration and those adjacent areas that would be directly or indirectly affected by the alteration to the Oroville Wildlife Area Unit-D.

The 30-day public review period begins December 23, 2016 and ends on January 30, 2017.

A link to the Public Notice issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is available in PDF or be found at:

http://www.spk.usace.army.mil/Media/USACE-Project-Public-Notices/.

Please submit any comments or questions by January 30th to:
Robin Rosenau
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District
1325 J Street, 10th floor
Sacramento, CA 95814-2922
Email: Robin.M.Rosenau@usace.army.mil


Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for Oroville Wildlife Area Flood Stage Reduction Project

After a 30-day public review period (May 27, 2016-June 25, 2016), SBFCA has finalized the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for the Oroville Wildlife Area Flood Stage Reduction Project.

Two comment letters were received on the draft document and are discussed in the MND included with the final document. Responses to these comment letters did not result in any substantial revisions pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15073.5, and did not result in any previously undisclosed impacts.

The SBFCA Board will consider the Final IS/MND at its regular meeting on August 10, 2016.


Feather River West Levee Project 1 Urban Level of Protection EVD-3 Package

Engineer’s Report

Report from Independent Panel of Experts (IPE)

Engineer’s Response to IPE Report

Adequate Progress Report

References:

Levee Degrade LS Slope Stability TM
CVFED Final GDRR
Flood Safety Plan Final GDR
Erosion Assessment Recommendations for Reach 13
End Around Effects Paper Additional Explorations Phase C
Magnus Submittal 40 Additional Explorations Phase D
Magnus Submittal 56 Review of Transition in Cuttoff Wall Depth Reach 13
Magnus Submittal 67 Evaluation of End Around Effects
Magnus Submittal 241 DMM Cutoff Wall Reach 13
Magnus Submittal 80 Update to Relief Well Design Reach 17
Encroachment & Penetration TM Relief Well Design for UPRR Relief
Encroachment Tables Paired Piezometer
Penetrations List YCRW Gap TM
Wind Setup & Wave Run Up Analysis Approach for Addressing Existing Levee Encroachments
Wind Setup & Wind Run Up Analysis Approach to Improve Geometry
Frequently Loaded Levee Analysis Alt Cost Analysis
Sutter-Butte Main Canal Investigation UPRR Closure Structure O&M Overview
Design WS Profiles UPRR Closure Structure Plans
Design WS Profiles Addendum 1 2nd Street Encroachments
Design WS Profiles Addendum 2 O&M Manual Unit 144
Superelevation Cale O&M Manual Unit 148
200-Year Post Floodplain Mapping O&M Manual Unit 152
Design Criteria & Technical Approach
Appendix D Geotech Analysis for Pre-Design Formulation Report

Star Bend Urban Level of Protection EVD-1 Package

Engineer’s Report

Report from Independent Panel of Experts (IPE)

Engineer’s Response to IPE Report

References:


Completion Projects – UPRR Relief Wells, YCRW Berm, Reach 7 Relief Wells

The following three bids were received for the Completion Projects:

Kiewit

Teichert

Nordic


Report on State Audit of Prop 1E Funds

The Department of Finance, Office of State Audits and Evaluations, recently completed its audit of SBFCA grant funds and issued a favorable report.
Department of Finance, Office of State Audits Report


Laurel Avenue Repair Project

Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency received one (1) bid on the Laurel Avenue Repair Project.

Nordic/Great Lakes Joint Venture – $5,968,943


Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report for the Feather River West Levee Project

On April 20, 2016, SBFCA released the Draft Supplemental Impact Report (Draft SEIR) for the Feather River West Levee Project for a 45-day public review period. The SEIR analyzed modifications to the original project. The public review period ended on June 3, 2016.

Five comment letters were received during the public comment period. The Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (Final SEIR) contains these comment letters, SBFCA’s responses to the comment letters, and the changes (shown in underline and strikeout) that have been made to the text since the Draft SEIR publication.

The SBFCA Board will consider the Final SEIR at its regular meeting on June 22, 2016. The public can submit comments on the Final SIER prior to, or during the SBFCA Board meeting. Those comments will not be responded to in writing; however, comments will be considered by the SBFCA Board prior to making a decision on the project modifications.

FRWLP Final SEIR – 06.15.2016 (45 MB)


Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for Oroville Wildlife Area Flood Stage Reduction Project Released for Public Review

The Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency (SBFCA) has released an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for the Oroville Wildlife Area (OWA) Flood Stage Reduction Project for 30-day public review. The proposed project would improve the connectivity of the Feather River to its historic floodplain, reduce flood stages within the main channel, provide more frequently inundated floodplain habitat for fish, reduce invasive plant species, and plan for future habitat restoration in the OWA through vegetation management and restoration, hydraulic improvements, and recreation enhancement. The proposed project is located in Butte County, in the D-Unit of the OWA. The project area is approximately 1,500 acres located on the west side State Route (SR) 70 across the Feather River from the Thermalito Afterbay outlet.

Vegetation management and restoration would include removal of invasive plant species and installation of riparian plantings. Hydraulic improvements would include new construction, replacement of existing hydraulic features, rock fill placement, and grading activities to improve connectivity to floodplain. Recreation features would include regrading of parking areas and river access areas, pouring a new concrete pad for the existing portable restrooms, and construction of an emergency vehicle/footbridge channel crossing and two footbridge channel crossings.

The IS/MND describes and evaluates the environmental impacts of the proposed project on existing environmental resources, and identifies mitigation measures to avoid or reduce any potentially significant impacts to a less-than-significant level. SBFCA will consider the findings of this initial study in determining whether preparation of an environmental impact report (EIR) is necessary prior to implementation of the proposed project.

The 30-day public review period begins May 27 and ends on June 25, 2016. Links to the Draft IS/MND are below. Hard copies of the document are available for review at the Butte County Library-Main Branch, 1820 Mitchel Ave., Oroville, CA 95966.

Please submit any comments or questions by June 25th to:

Michael Bessette, P.E.
Director of Engineering
Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency
P.O. Box M
Yuba City, CA 95991
m.bessette@sutterbutteflood.org
530.755.9859

 

Title Page (304k)
Table of Contents (476k)
Chapter 1 | Introduction (739k)
Chapter 2 | Project Description (27M)
Chapter 3.0-3.1 | Environmental Setting and Impacts (415k)
Chapter 3.2 | Flood Control and Geomorphic Conditions (810k)
Chapter 3.3 | Hydrology and Water Quality (719k)
Chapter 3.4 | Geology, Seismicity, Soils, Minerals, and Paleontological Resources (725k)
Chapter 3.5 | Transportation and Navigation (742k)
Chapter 3.6 | Air Quality (786k)
Chapter 3.7 | Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases (686k)
Chapter 3.8 | Noise (743k)
Chapter 3.9 | Vegetation and Wetlands (6.5M)
Chapter 3.10 | Wildlife (8.6M)
Chapter 3.11 | Fisheries and Aquatics (712k)
Chapter 3.12 | Land Use (639k)
Chapter 3.13 | Visual Resources (667k)
Chapter 3.14 | Recreation (683k)
Chapter 3.15 | Utilities and Public Services (649k)
Chapter 3.16 | Hazards and Public Health (674k)
Chapter 3.17 | Cultural Resources ( 727k)
Chapter 3.18 | Growth-Inducing Impacts (394k)
Chapter 3.19 | Mandatory Findings of Significance (389k)
Chapter 4 | Cumulative Effects (553k)
Chapter 5 | References (637k)
Chapter 6 | List of Preparers (286k)
Appendix 1-A | Photographs of the Project Area (3.4M)
Appendix 1-B | Environmental Checklist (578k)
Appendix 2-A | Invasive Species Management Plan, Oroville Wildlife Area D Unit (3.1M)
Appendix 3.2-A | Basis of Design Report (101M)
Appendix 3.3-A | Reconnaissance Level Geomorphic Assessment Technical Memorandum (6.8M)
Appendix 3.6-A | Vegetation Management Equipment List and CalEEMod Output Files (570k)
Appendix 3.16-A | Test Pit Excavation Technical Memorandum (12M)
Appendix 3.19-A | Mitigation, Monitoring, and Reporting Plan for the Oroville Wildlife Area Flood Stage Reduction Project (458k)

 


Proposed Amended Budget Covering 2015-16 & Subsequent 3-Year Budget Covering 2016-17 through 2018-19

 


April 28, 2916 – Request for Proposals – Professional Ethnographer Services

The Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency (SBFCA) is hereby soliciting cost proposals from qualified professional historians, ethnographers, or anthropologists (linguistic, archaeological, and socialcultural specialists) that may lead to the award of a contract for focused anthropological documentation services for the portion of the Feather River West Levee Project (FRWLP) in Sutter County, California. The portion of the FRWLP to which this RFP applies is generally described as a ±29-mile long, one-mile wide stretch of the Feather River from its confluence with Honcut Creek to the Sutter Bypass on the south, located exclusively within Sutter County.

Submit proposals no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 31, 2016. Click here to view the entire request for proposals.

 


Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report for the Feather River West Levee Project

In April 2013, the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency (SBFCA) completed a Final Environmental Impact Report (Final EIR) for the Feather River West Levee Project (FRWLP) a locally driven flood risk reduction project for the Sutter Basin, which includes portions of Sutter and Butte Counties. SBFCA prepared the Final EIR as lead agency in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The primary purpose of the FRWLP is to address known levee deficiencies along the Feather River West Levee.

Two additional necessary actions have been identified that modify the original project. The first action, the Laurel Avenue Critical Repair, involves modification of the levee repair design along the southernmost portion of the project area and extension of the slurry wall southward from the original project boundary in Sutter County. The second action, the Gridley Bridge Erosion Repair, involves the repair of an erosion site within the project boundary along the Feather River near the town of Gridley in Butte County.

SBFCA has released a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report for the Feather River West Levee Project (Draft SEIR) describing the potential environmental impacts of these actions. The Draft SEIR’s 45 day public review period begins on April 20 and ends June 3, 2016. The Draft SEIR revisits each resource topic previously discussed in the 2013 Final EIR to determine whether the two new FRWLP actions result in new or substantially more severe significant effects that were not analyzed in the previous Final EIR.

To view the Draft SEIR electronically go to http://sutterbutteflood.org/notices-documents/ or view a hardcopy at any of the libraries listed below:

Sutter County Library-Main Branch
750 Forbes Avenue
Yuba City, CA 95991

Gridley Branch Library
299 Spruce Street
Gridley, CA 95948

Butte County Library-Main Branch
1820 Mitchel Ave
Oroville, CA 95966

City of Biggs Branch Library
464A B Street
Biggs, CA 95917

Please submit any comments or questions to Michael Bessette at SBFCA by June 3, 2016.

Michael Bessette, P.E.
Director of Engineering
Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency
P.O. Box M
Yuba City, CA 95991
m.bessette@sutterbutteflood.org
530.755.9859

 


 

January 2016 – Final SBFCA Strategic Plan

 


January 8, 2016 -SBFCA Assessment District Administration RFP

The Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency (SBFCA) is hereby soliciting proposals from qualified firms/professionals to provide the administration of its Benefit Assessment District.  Background materials related to the Benefit Assessment District, the requested scope of services and the detailed requirements for qualified responses are available here.

Proposals submitted for the requested professional services must be received by 4:00 p.m. on February 4, 2016 and submitted electronically to the following:

Sarah Modeste, Administrative Manager – s.modeste@sutterbutteflood.org

All questions concerning the proposal shall be directed to Sarah Modeste via e-mail before January 22, 2016 at 12:00 noon.

 


October 2, 2015 – Feather River West Levee Project – Supplemental Environmental Impact Report Update

On October 2, 2015, a Notice of Preparation (NOP) was submitted to the Governor’s Office of Planning & Research, State Clearinghouse to signify the preparation of the Feather River West Levee Project Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

A NOP is required by the California Environmental Quality Act. It provides the interested, responsible and trustee agencies and the Office of Planning & Research with information about two necessary modifications of the original Feather River West Levee Project, and potential environmental effects. Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency seeks your input regarding the scope and content of the environmental information for these new actions. Comments are due by November 3, 2015.

Please see the links below for detailed information about the proposed modifications of the project, potential environmental effects and contact information.

Signed Notice of Preparation of Supplemental Environmental Impact Report for the Feather River West Levee Project and Study Area

Study Areas

 


August 11, 2015 – Facts of Floodplains

 


April 14, 2014 – Feather River West Levee Rehabilitation Project, Segments C, D & B

This draft Relocation Plan is provided for public comment.  A public hearing on this document will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the City of Yuba City Council Chambers – 1201 Civic Center Boulevard, Yuba City, CA.  All public comments may be directed by mail to Bender Rosenthal Inc., attn. Debbie Moreno, 4400 Auburn Boulevard, Suite 102, Sacramento, CA 95841 or emailed to d.moreno@benderrosenthal.com.  The public comment period for this document ends on May 14, 2014.  To be considered, all comments must be received before the date.

 


March 20, 2014

SBFCA opened construction bids today for 2014-15 activities. The apparent low bid was submitted by Nordic Magnus Pacific Joint Venture in the amount of $98,897,740. The engineer’s estimate was $95 million. The Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency Board will consider contract award at a special meeting on Monday, March 24.

Nordic Magnus Pacific Joint Venture Bid

 


February 3, 2014 – SBFCA Releases 2014-15 Construction Bid Package

On Monday, February 3, 2014, SBFCA released a construction bid package for 2014-15 activities.

Click here to view the Notice to Contractors.

 


June 14, 2013 – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Draft Sutter Basin Pilot Feasibility Study Released

On June 14, 2013, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District released the draft feasibility study report and environmental impact report/supplemental environmental impact statement for the Sutter Basin Pilot Feasibility Study for public review, officially opening the 45-day public comment period. While there are similarities with the Feather River West Levee Project led by the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency, this is a separate action.

Document
Appendices

 


August 23, 2013 – USACE Final Sutter Basin Pilot Feasibility Study Released

The Sutter Basin Feasibility Study Final EIR/EIS was published on August 23, 2013. Following public and governmental agency review, this final report will be submitted to Headquarters USACE, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (ASA[CW]), and the Office of Management and Budget for review and approval. Following approval, a Chief of Engineers Report will be sent to Congress recommending authorization of the Sutter Basin Flood Risk Management project.

Document

 


June 14, 2013 – Feather River West Levee Project Final EIS posted to Federal Register

The Feather River West Levee Project is an ongoing design and construction effort led by the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency to fix 41 miles of Feather River levees from the Thermalito Afterbay to approximately four miles north of the Sutter Bypass. While there are similarities with the Corps-led Sutter Basin Pilot Feasibility Study, this is a separate action.

Document
Appendicies

 


March 19, 2013 – Feather River West Levee Rehabilitation Project – Area C

Low Bid: Nordic/Magnus Pacific Joint Venture – $51,606,600
Listed Sub-Contractors:

  • Cut-Off Wall – Raito, Geo-Solutions, Inquip
  • Erosion Control – Selby Soil Erosion
  • Earthwork, Paving & Underground – Teichert

On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency released the construction bid documents for Project Area C. Documents can be viewed here; set up a free registration to view the entire document. For additional information, please review the Notice to Contractors. Bid packages are due by 2 p.m. on Monday, April 29, 2013.

04.03.2013 – Mandatory Pre-Bid Attendance
04.03.2013 – Mandatory Pre-Bid Presentation 1
04.03.2013 – Mandatory Pre-Bid Presentation 2
04.03.2013 – Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting Video

 


March 29, 2013 – Final Environmental Impact Review Documents

Feather River West Levee Project – Final EIR
Feather River West Levee Project – Response to Comments

 


December 28, 2012 – Draft Environmental Impact Statement Documents

Feather River West Levee Project EIS/EIR
Feather River West Levee Project EIS/EIR – Appendix A-I Regulatory Background
The comment period is now closed. Comments were due by the close of business on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

 


December 20, 2012 – River Regional Flood Management Planning Funding Application

River Regional Flood Management Planning Funding Application

 


July 6, 2012 – SBFCA Responds to Sutter Grand Jury Report

On July 6, SBFCA formally responded to the findings and recommendations of the Sutter County Grand Jury as detailed in its 2011-12 report. In its response, SBFCA thanked the Grand Jury for its service and the opportunity to respond. In sum, SBFCA had previously implemented, or was in the process of implementing, the recommendations of the Grand Jury at the time its report was issued. In its response, SBFCA provided corrections to a number of inaccuracies contained within the material content of the Grand Jury’s report.

SBFCA Response to 2011-12 Sutter Grand Jury Report

 


May 20, 2011 – Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report Updates

On May 20, 2011 a Notice of Intent (NOI) was published in the Federal Register and a Notice of Preparation (NOP) was submitted to the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, State Clearinghouse to signify the start of the scoping period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statements/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for the Sutter Basin Feasibility Study and Feather River West Levee Project.

An NOI and NOP are required by the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act, respectively. They provide the interested, responsible and trustee agencies and the Office of Planning and Research with information about the proposed project, the scoping process, possible alternatives, and potential environmental effects. This allows the notified agencies to submit a thoughtful response during the scoping period.

Please see the link below, Signed Notice of Preparation of Draft Environmental Impact Statements/Environmental Impact Reports for the Sutter Basin Feasibility Study and Feather River West Levee Project, for detailed information about the proposed project, the scoping process, possible alternatives, potential environmental effects and contact information. Links to maps of the two proposed project’s study areas are below.

 

Documents


 

SBFCA JPA Agreement
SBFCA JPA Agreement – Amendment 1
SBFCA JPA Agreement – Amendment 2

 


March 2013 – Proposed Feather River West Levee Repair Work Map

Proposed Feather River West Levee Repair Work Map

September 2012 – Ground Water Evaluation Study

Click here to download. Due to file size, it could take several minutes to download.

 


Independent Panel of Experts Meeting Summaries

September 12, 2012 – IPE Meeting #4 Report
March 20, 2012 – IPE Meeting #5 Report
May 2, 2012 – IPE Meeting #6 Report
August 14, 2012 – IPE Meeting #7 Report
November 6, 2012 – IPE Meeting #8 Report
March 5, 2013 – IPE Meeting #9 Report
September 25, 2013 – IPE Meeting #10 Report
September 25, 2013 – IPE Meeting #10 Report – Supplement
January 21, 2014 – IPE Meeting #11 Report
August 19, 2014 – IPE Meeting #12 Report
March 5 , 2015 – IPE Meeting #13 Report

August 19, 2015 – IPE Meeting #14 Report

May 17, 2016 – IPE Meeting #15 Report

July 18, 2016 – IPE Meeting #15 Report Addendum

May 1, 2017 – IPE Meeting #16 Report