Chairman’s Update #7

Chairman’s Update #7

Standing over 30 feet tall in some places, the Marysville Ring Levee is one of California’s highest levees. This 7.5-mile-long levee, first built during the gold rush era, provides flood protection for our historic City of Marysville.

If you’ve noticed some activity on the levee near the Binney Junction railroad area lately, it is because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is continuing their construction to strengthen sections of this levee.

When all of the work is complete several years from now, Marysville will have one of highest levels of flood protection of any city in California’s Central Valley.

Total costs for the entire project are estimated at $107 million. However, the remaining costs are approximately $70 million because several phases have already been repaired.

The credit for this project’s advancement belongs to the collaboration and hard work of many agencies, including California’s Department of Water Resources, the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Marysville Levee Commission, and the Army Corps.

YCWA has provided significant financial and technical support for the project, and it was very gratifying to see a decade of effort by YCWA combined with DWR, the Marysville Levee Commission and Army Corps result in a signed agreement that will save Marysville $10 million of their project cost-share, amounting to nearly $1,000 in savings for each of the city’s residents.

While there is still a substantial amount of work to finish all of the improvements, it is great to see our partnerships with local, state and federal agencies continue to benefit the people of Yuba County.

-Brent Hastey, YCWA Board Chairman