The levee will be rebuilt but the heritage oaks are lost due to the continual bank scouring high water releases through the Parkway levee system cause; and part of the reason we call for the Auburn Dam to be built, to protect the integrity of the Parkway.
Plan approved to rebuild Mayhew levee next year
- Published 12:00 am PST Wednesday, November 22, 2006
State and local agencies have approved a plan to rebuild the lowest levee along the American River.
The so-called Mayhew levee was originally built by a private developer to protect Sacramento's Butterfield and Riviera East neighborhoods near Rosemont. The 4,300-foot-long levee could overtop in peak flood flows.
The new design calls for rebuilding the levee with a 3-to-1 slope and raising it by 3 feet to meet federal standards. It was approved Friday by the California Reclamation Board, and Monday by the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency. The $7 million job is expected to be completed in 2007.
Some residents sought a narrower levee and partial floodwall to save three heritage oak trees. But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would not approve that design, so the trees will come out.