Woodland Levee System Findings Released (USA)

Inspections by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District rated the levee system surrounding the City of Woodland as unacceptable.

The Sacramento District conducted a periodic inspection of the levee system beginning in December 2012. Initial findings were provided in June 2013 for review to the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Reclamation District 2035, Yolo County and the California Department of Water Resources, which are responsible for maintaining the levee system.

A final report was presented to the Central Valley Flood Protection Board June 27, 2014. The most serious deficiencies throughout the system were encroachments, erosion, bank caving, cracking, seepage and rodent control.

Levee inspections are all about making sure that a levee can reliably do what we expect it to,” said Ryan Larson, Sacramento District levee safety program manager.Our findings help the agencies that own and maintain these levees prioritize levee fixes – and help the public understand their flood risk and make informed decisions about their safety.”

Inspection findings also help determine levee systems’ continued eligibility for the Corps’ levee rehabilitation program, the Corps’ authority to provide federal assistance for flood fighting and repairing levees damaged by floods or storms. Systems rated unacceptable in certain categories of deficiencies believed to directly threaten levee performance become ineligible for federal aid in repairing flood or storm damage to levees until the deficiencies are corrected.

The Central Valley Flood Protection Board and each of the levee maintaining agencies are continuing to work collaboratively to resolve encroachment and maintenance issues with a goal of achieving an acceptable rating on the levee system,” said Len Marino, chief engineer for the Central Valley Flood Protection Board.The board and our local maintaining agency partners share a common commitment to public safety and flood risk reduction.

The Corps will continue to provide flood fighting assistance for the system, regardless of their status.

Press Release, July 17, 2014

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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