Sacramento River Bank Protection Project (SRBPP)

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ICF developed and is implementing the associated public outreach activities as part of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process for SRBPP, a continuing construction project to provide protection of the existing levee and flood control facilities of the Sacramento River Flood Control Project.

ICF is developing and implementing the communication strategies, coordinating public meetings, identifying and assessing stakeholders, handling meeting planning and facilitation, and designing and developing a website and informational materials. ICF is also supporting 12 issue-specific working groups and coordinating outreach to help identify and define the parameters of future phases of the SRBPP.

In addition, ICF assisted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) with environmental documentation under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the Phase II Supplemental Authorization of 80,000 linear feet of bank protection under the Water Resources Development Act of 1997. Work included preparing the environmental documentation, fisheries modeling, public outreach, other technical support, plan formulation, and project management support.

The project is programmatically evaluating the effects of the authorization anywhere within the Sacramento River Flood Control Project (main stem of the river, tributaries, and other infrastructure part of the federal project).  Actions under the supplemental authorization may include rock slope protection, biotechnical bank stabilization, and setback levees. A particularly challenging aspect of the supplemental authorization from a technical standpoint is the issue of woody vegetation on levees, in light of recent technical guidance and revised policy from USACE Headquarters, and the need to reconcile such guidance with the authorizations for the Sacramento River Bank Protection Project. This issue has important resource and regulatory implications as vegetation under the purview of the policy is also in many cases protected as habitat under other federal and state laws.

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Client: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency
Location: CA

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