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Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency Statement Commending
the U.S. Senate on Passage of WRDA Bill
SACRAMENTO, CA- At noon Eastern Time, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed S. 601, the Water Resources Development Act of 2013. The bill passed with a very strong bipartisan vote, 83 to 14. The measure includes an authorization of the Natomas Levee Improvement Project that will protect 100,000 residents in the Natomas Basin. In addition, it will require the Corps of Engineers to reexamine its policies regarding the removal of trees on levees, making sure that regional conditions, cost of removal and other factors are given greater weight. Furthermore, it will help assure that non-Federal project sponsors, like the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) and the State, will receive full and fair credit for contributions it makes toward Corps projects. Senate provisions on each of these topics is patterned closely after legislative initiatives previously developed by Congresswoman Doris Matsui. Under the leadership of Chairman Barbara Boxer of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee (who was the bill's manager on the Senate floor) and strong support from Senator Dianne Feinstein, the bill's passage successfully ended days of debate and amendment proceedings.
The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for action. Though the House effort has not yet progressed as far as the Senate, WRDA has strong support from the bipartisan leadership of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
"In passing a Water Resources Development Act that addresses pressing flood control needs, the U.S. Senate recognizes how critical it is to protect lives and property, especially in light of devastating events like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. I'm hopeful the House likewise understands the need and acts similarly to prioritize flood control investments," said Phil Serna, Sacramento County Supervisor and SAFCA Chair.
"This is an extremely important step. For the first time in several years there is true momentum towards enacting a Water Resources Development Act. The current WRDA has been the most difficult of the eight I have seen during my career. Senator Boxer has done a great service to this community and to the country by introducing this bill and guiding its passage in the Senate. There are several provisions in the bill important to SAFCA, including language that would allow the Corps of Engineers to continue construction of the critical public safety project of bringing the levees protecting the 100,000 people living in the Natomas Basin up to current standards. We encourage the House to follow the Senate's lead and quickly act on the legislation," said Rick Johnson, SAFCA Executive Director.