News Worth Noting: PPIC survey finds for first time, water and drought seen as biggest California issue; Draft Delta Flood Management Investment Strategy Principles – Comments due by 6/15; Final American River levee seepage cutoff wall underway

PPIC logo goodPPIC Survey: Californians and their Government: For first time, water and drought seen as biggest California issue: Californians see water and drought as the most important issue facing the state, and most residents say people in their region are not doing enough to respond. These are among the key findings of a statewide survey released today by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), with funding from The James Irvine Foundation.  For the first time in a PPIC survey, Californians are most likely to name water and drought (39%) as the most important state issue, followed by jobs and the economy (20%). Water and drought is the most frequently named issue in all regions, but Central Valley residents are the most likely to mention it (53%) (42% San Francisco Bay Area, 37% Orange/San Diego, 36% Inland Empire, 31% Los Angeles). In addition, 69 percent of Californians say the supply of water in their part of the state is a big problem—a record high since the survey began asking this question in 2009. ... ”  Read more from the PPIC here:  PPIC Survey: Californians and their Government: For first time, water and drought seen as biggest California issue

Delta Stewardship Council new logoDraft Delta Flood Management Investment Strategy Principles – Comments due by 6/15: The Council discussed the paper at its April 23, 2015 meeting and the members said they would accept public comments on the document until 5:00 p.m. on June 15, 2015. The document is a statement of principles that will guide the further development of the Delta Levees Investment Strategy (DLIS).  The proposed principles reflect discussions among Council members at the March 26 and April 23 meetings, as well as advice from the Council’s March 11, 2015 Risk Management / Levee Expert Workshop and from stakeholders and staff. The principles will help guide future work by the Council’s staff and the ARCADIS team in developing the DLIS.  The DLIS project team will be accepting written comments from the public related to the draft Delta Flood Management Investment Strategy Principles.” Click here to review the draft Delta Flood Management Investment Strategy Principles.  Click here for information on how to submit your comments.

levee work USACEFinal American River levee seepage cutoff wall underway: It’s the end of an era for American River levee work as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors began installing the last stretch of seepage cutoff wall at the Natomas East Main Drainage Canal in north Sacramento this week. Once this and related levee work at the city’s H Street and Howe Avenue bridges are completed by September, there’ll be 24 miles of lower American River levee cutoff walls, helping prevent water from seeping through or underneath.  … “This is it as far as American River seepage cutoff wall work is concerned. We’ll be turning the page and going on to the next chapter of flood work for Sacramento,” said Corps project manager John Hoge. “There’s still a lot of work to do to continue reducing flood risk for Sacramento, but this a huge step forward in that larger effort.” … ”  Read more from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers here:  Final American River levee seepage cutoff wall underway

 

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