Matsui Secures Critical West Sacramento Flood Control Construction Designation

President Biden's proposed budget includes $175 million in flood control funding for the Sacramento region

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) lauded the announcement of the ‘New Start’ Construction designation for the West Sacramento Project – an essential undertaking that builds a new levee system surrounding the City of West Sacramento.

Congresswoman Matsui played a pivotal role in securing the critically important flood infrastructure designation and additional funding for the expansive, $1 billion state-of-the-art project. Only a few ‘New Start’ designations are assigned each year throughout the nation. This newly secured construction designation allows the groundbreaking of the West Sacramento Project, which provides full flood protection for West Sacramento’s 54,000 residents.

“This is a monumental step towards the full level of flood protection West Sacramento deserves and a strong, modernized first line of defense for the city’s families and businesses. Protecting our region from its natural flood risk has been a top priority in Congress, and I cannot emphasize enough the importance of delivering proper funding and timely, efficient construction for this city-wide project” said Congresswoman Matsui.

West Sacramento has been the last component of the system to receive construction funding, bringing the West Sacramento and the Sacramento River Flood Control System closer to proper completion.

“I am pleased that our federal and state partners share my strong priorities and vision for proper flood infrastructure in the Sacramento region,” Matsui continued. “The $175 million in President Biden's proposed budget is an important step in the right direction for Sacramento region flood protection projects, including the West Sacramento Project and the American River Common Features Natomas Project. I look forward to working with the Army Corps of Engineers and state and local partners to ensure all necessary resources are provided in protecting our region.”

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