At least one civil works project planned for Yuba-Sutter could lose federal funding if President Donald Trump declares a national emergency and diverts funding from the Army Corps of Engineers to help build a border wall.
In the event that happens, one of his options to fund the wall is to use funds dedicated to planned civil works projects through the Army Corps of Engineers for California and Puerto Rico.
It’s been reported that under the proposal, Trump could use the $2.4 billion allocated to projects in California, including flood prevention and protection projects along the Yuba River Basin and the Folsom Dam.
If that’s true, that means the Marysville Ring Levee project is in the crosshairs. With three phases left to complete and more than $60 million in expected costs, the project would take a hit if the $13.5 million budgeted for the project by the Corps last July didn’t end up coming to the area.
Local officials are hoping that doesn’t happen.
“The Marysville Ring Levee project is an essential lifesaving project for our community. We’re hopeful the administration will fully fund the project to completion and not redirect money away from it, which would leave the city of Marysville at increased risk of future flooding,” said Curt Aikens, general manager of the Yuba Water Agency.
Another project being carried out locally by the Army Corps of Engineers is planned for the west levee along the Feather River south of Yuba City, between Tudor Road and Cypress Avenue. The plan is to improve a 5-mile stretch by building a slurry wall underground to help mitigate seepage issues.
The project is expected to cost approximately $77 million, with about $50 million coming from the Corps.
Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency Executive Director Mike Inamine said funding for the project isn’t currently at risk of being taken under the proposal.
“That money he is threatening to take is disaster supplemental, so it’s different from the money that has been appropriated for the Sutter Basin project – it’s a different pot of money,” Inamine said. “So, as far as I know, (the project) won’t be impacted.”
That project is expected to go out to bid on Jan. 23 with work commencing this spring.