Since the 1980s, Hamilton City has been evacuated six times due to threats of inundation. Replacing the levee has been a long time coming, but has begun, and a setback levee is under construction. The Hamilton City setback levee project is not only a good example of better flood protection coming from giving a river space to roam, but also allows the river to spill over its banks and create 1,400 acres of riparian forest and grassland. Continue reading

(Photo by Carolyn Wilke, Sacramento Bee, June 23, 2017)