Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Mayhew Levee, No Trees

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.