Hamilton City Levee Project Groundbreaking

Hamilton CityMonday, May 2, 2016 – The Hamilton City Flood Damage Reduction and Ecosystem Restoration Project, a dual purpose project that has been in the works for several years, officially kicked off construction with a groundbreaking ceremony today. Along with Board Secretary Dolan, many federal, state and local officials who have also supported the project and helped make it happen were on hand for this historic event. They included Deputy Director of Department of Water Resource’s Integrated Water Management, Gary Bardini, The Nature Conservancy’s Director of External Affairs, Jay Ziegler, Reclamation District 2140 President, Lee Ann GrigsbyPuente, Congressman Doug LaMalfa, Congressman John Garamendi, and Colonel Michael J. Farrell, Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
The project’s funding and land donation was made possible by a partnership between the USACE, state and local matching funds, Reclamation District 2140, and the Nature Conservancy. The project will consist of constructing seven miles of setback levee to improve flood protection for Hamilton City and surrounding areas, and restoration of approximately 1500 acres to native habitat. Hamilton City has flooded six times in 20 years, with evacuations necessary. The original levees were in bad shape and only built to protect against a 10-year flood event.

With continued funding, major construction of this flood protection-ecosystem restoration project should be completed by 2018.

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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.