Marysville Ring Levee Scheme Continues

USACE photo by Elvan Childs

Construction of a small but necessary section of the Marysville Ring Levee is underway and should be completed by mid-August 2017, maintaining momentum on the project to lessen flood risk in the northern California town of Marysville, USACE said in its latest release. 

The current construction was funded at approximately $825,000 and the site is located in the center of a railway intersection known as Binney Junction.

The contract was awarded to Patterson Taber General Engineering of Marysville.

The focus of this keystone-shaped site is stability berm construction, along with installation of small wells and equipment for future monitoring of the levee system.

The ring levee project is a partnership between the Sacramento District, the Central Valley Flood Protection Board and the Marysville Levee District.

Groundbreaking on the $10.8 million first phase took place in September 2010. Funding was provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The state of California appropriated $17 million toward the project as part of their commitment to upgrade the state’s levee systems. Upon completion, Marysville’s levee system will meet the state-mandated 1-in-200 annual chance of flooding for urban areas, making it one of the lowest at-risk cities in California’s Central Valley.

With adequate funding, the four-phase, $153 million Marysville project is slated to be completed in 2022 and will reduce flood risk for this historic town of 12,000 residents on the Yuba and Feather rivers, USACE said.

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