NEWS WORTH NOTING: Corps releases final environmental report for Folsom Dam Raise project; Draft final Cannabis Cultivation Policy and Cannabis General Order available online

Corps releases final environmental report for Folsom Dam Raise project

From the Army Corps of Engineers:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has published the final environmental impact statement/environmental impact report for the Folsom Dam Raise project.

The report addresses environmental impacts and recommends mitigation measures in regard to the proposed modifications at Folsom Lake. Components of the dam raise project, designed to help reduce flood risk to the Sacramento region, include:

  • Tainter Gate Refinements – Modification of eight Tainter gates located at the crest of the main dam (Folsom Dam).  Other structural changes to the main dam would include: construction of new “top seal bulkheads” to prevent overtopping of the Tainter gates during a major flood event; construction of vertical concrete extensions to the dam’s nine existing concrete piers to provide an elevated platform for a hoist system for the Tainter gates and to provide mountings for the top seal bulkheads, and; installation of the hoist system.
  • Earthen Raise Elements – The existing crest elevation of Dikes 1 through 8 and the Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam would be raised by about 3.5 feet by adding earthen and rock materials to the top and upper sides of these features.
  • Concrete Floodwall Elements – A reinforced concrete floodwall would be built on top of the Left Wing Dam and Right Wing Dam, thereby raising the crest elevation of these embankment dams by roughly 3.5 feet.

The Final SEIS/EIR can be reviewed at

Requests for copies of this document can be made through email to or by postal mail to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, Attn: Ms. Victoria Hermanson, 1325 J Street, Sacramento, California  95814.

Draft Final Cannabis Cultivation Policy and Cannabis General Order Available Online

From the State Water Resources Control Board:

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is scheduled to hold two public hearings on October 17, 2017, in Sacramento to receive oral comments regarding (1) the Cannabis Policy, and (2) the General Order. The public hearing will be webcast.

The State Water Board or Board has updated its website and October 17, 2017, Board meeting Agenda with:

The State Water Board will add the following documents to the website and the October 17, 2017, Board meeting Agenda as soon as they are available:

  • Final Cannabis Cultivation Policy Staff Report ;
  • Cannabis Policy Response to Comments;
  • External Peer Review of the California State Water Resources Control Board’s Draft Cannabis Cultivation Policy – Principles and Guidelines for Cannabis Cultivation, and State Water Board Responses; and
  • Direct Cost Analysis for the Cannabis Cultivation Policy. 

To view the October 17, 2017, Board meeting Agenda and the associated documents discussed above please visit:

For additional information concerning the State Water Board’s current process to develop the Cannabis Policy, please visit the State Water Board’s Cannabis Program webpage at:

Please direct questions to the appropriate staff person listed below:

Cannabis Policy – Peter Barnes at (916) 445-9989 or

General Order – Kevin Porzio at (916) 341-6914 or

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