Officials Celebrate Completion of South Sacramento Streams Flood Protection Project

SACRAMENTO, August 9, 2017. Local, state and federal officials celebrated the completion of a South Sacramento flood protection project that’s been in the works for over 20 years and cost $100 million dollars. The project is in an area that contains four major creeks (Morrison, Florin, Elder, and Unionhouse) known to flood in the past, and protects 120,000 residents and 41,000 structures. It also takes the area out of the FEMA designated flood zone and lowers homeowners flood insurance rates. A series of flood walls, stream bed improvements, and emergency drainage basins that double as soccer fields and parks were designed and installed for the project. Congresswoman Doris Matsui helped secure $60 million in federal money, with the balance coming from state and local sources. Central Valley Flood Protection Board President Bill Edgar praised all parties involved in getting this important project completed.

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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.