The recent onslaught of storms is a harsh reminder that despite lengthy periods of drought, flooding remains a significant threat in California. Since 2010, more than $300 million has been invested by local, state and federal agencies in repairs to the west Feather River levee, meaning flood protection for urban areas in Sutter County is among the state’s best. But properties south of Yuba City are still vulnerable to potential flooding from other sources, namely the Sutter Bypass.
That may change with the signing of a partnership agreement between the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency (SBFCA) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) for design, environmental and permitting work for critical repairs to four areas of the Sutter Bypass east levee. Construction is expected to begin in 2025. Once completed, the project is expected to significantly decrease flood risk for properties south of Yuba City and strengthen flood protection until a total repair of the Sutter Bypass is implemented. The levee is owned and maintained by the state.
The Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency (SBFCA) will expand its efforts to lower storm and flood water elevations in the Feather River while improving habitat for endangered fisheries, thanks to a $1.14 million Proposition 68 grant from the California Department of Water Resources. The grant, one of only five awarded for flood risk reduction projects related to stormwater flooding, mudslides, and flash floods, will pay for planning costs for SBFCA’s Oroville Wildlife Area (OWA) Robinson’s Riffle Restoration Project. (continued in link below )
Get the latest on the completion of the 200-year flood protection project and learn more about plans to achieve 100-year flood protection for the south Sutter Basin.
|SBFCA and State Sign Agreement to Tackle Critical Repairs on Sutter Bypass East Levee
|Press Release - October 2022
|State Funds Awarded for Local Floodplain Restoration Project