For the money being spent, as reported in the Sacramento Bee, Auburn Dam could be built and Shasta Dam raised to its original engineered height, as we posted on earlier, virtually removing any major flood threat in the Central Valley.
An excerpt from the Bee article.
“California lawmakers in 2008 enacted less-than-perfect legislation to modernize the Central Valley’s flood control system and minimize the damages that are inevitable with so many people and businesses occupying this low-lying section of the state.
“Now, four years later, a state board has approved a framework for reducing flood risks. Like the legislation that spawned it, the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan is imperfect – a series of missed opportunities. Nonetheless, it represents an important step forward over the status quo of placing Band-Aids on a levee system that dates back to the early 20th century.
“The plan set priorities for $17 billion in flood control investments, including billions of bond funds already approved by voters. To its credit, the plan goes beyond mere strengthening of existing levees and urges the state to widen floodways and bypasses at critical locations.
“To its detriment, the plan is frustratingly vague on where and when those improvements should take place – a disappointment after four years of public meetings and work.”