Groundbreaking of the Sacramento District’s Southport Levee Improvement Project

May 9th, 2017. Officials from Federal, State, and Local government departments came to celebrate the groundbreaking of West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency’s (WSAFCA) Southport Levee Improvement Project. The project will improve 5.6 miles of levees along the west bank of the Sacramento River just south of the deep water ship channel. 1.9 miles of in-place improvements, and a new 3.7 mile setback levee will be constructed most likely over two years and will bring West Sacramento up to an Urban Level of Protection (200-year) mandated by SB-5 for a cost of approximately $170 million, shared between the Department of Water Resources and WSAFCA. 

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Darren Suen has been selected for the Board’s new Policy Advisor position. He performed this function in Acting capacity for the last year, working to raise awareness about the Board’s role in flood management and to advance flood policies that support public safety and provide benefits to the environment and agriculture communities. Prior, Darren was the Department of Water Resources serving as Program Lead and Policy Advisor for the Assistant Division Chief of the Flood Management Division and the Deputy Director in Flood Operations Center during flood emergencies. Darren has a long career in program management and flood control, working in private, State, and federal agencies. Currently, he also serves as a member of the Elk Grove City Council. Congratulations to Darren!

Michael Wright has been selected to fill the Chief Engineer position beginning April 2, 2019. Michael has been with the Board since 2011. During his tenure, Michael has held multiple supervisory positions, including Enforcement Section Chief, Acting Operations Branch Chief, and Plan Implementation and Compliance Branch Chief. For the past eight months, he has been filling the Chief Engineer role. Congratulations, Michael Wright.