From the USACE Sacramento District website – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District awarded a $4.2 million construction contract August 8 to Odin Construction Solutions, Inc., of Rocklin, California, to raise Dike 8 at Folsom Lake by 3.5 feet. The Dike 8 raise is part of the larger Folsom Dam Raise project, which will raise the height of Dikes 1-8, the Left and Right Wing Dams, and the Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam. The dam raise project also includes modifications to the main spillway and emergency spillway gates and piers to prevent water from overtopping the gates during a large flood event. The Folsom Dam Raise project will reduce the flood risk for 440,000 residents and $58 billion of assets in the greater Sacramento metropolitan area by enabling the Bureau of Reclamation to operate the Folsom Dam and its auxiliary spillway with a greater capability to route large flood events. Groundbreaking for the Dike 8 raise, located about 1.5 miles southeast of the main dam adjacent to E. Natoma Street in Folsom, is expected to take place in fall 2019 with construction to be complete in 2020. Built by the Corps of Engineers in 1956, the multipurpose Folsom Dam is operated by the Bureau of Reclamation primarily for flood control but also provides recreation, water supply and power generation benefits.