USACE Awards $19.5 Million Contract for Natomas Levee Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District awarded a $19.5 million contract on July 24 to Great Lakes Environmental & Infrastructure/Inquip Joint Venture of Rocklin to construct levee improvements for the Natomas Basin. Construction, which is set to begin in September and continue through the end of 2018, will consist of building a seepage berm and cutoff wall along an 11,000-foot-long stretch of levee along Garden Highway between Gateway Oaks Drive and Northgate Blvd. The work is part of an effort to reduce flood risk in the Natomas Basin by improving approximately 42 miles of levee surrounding the Basin.

Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency and the State of California have already completed 18 miles of improvements; the Corps is working to complete the remaining 24 miles. This particular project, which is located along the southern side of the Natomas Basin along the American River, will upgrade approximately 2.1 miles.

“We’re excited to continue the work started by the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, the California Department of Water Resources, and the Central Valley Flood Protection Board which completed upgrades to 18 miles of levee along the Natomas Basin’s northwest side,” said Corps project manager John Hoge following the award.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District provides planning, engineering, project management, environmental restoration and construction services to military and civilian customers in parts of eight western states, including California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming.

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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.