Feather River Setback Levee Construction

Segment 2: Setback Levee

NEW! Feather River Setback Levee receives top honors, earning the Outstanding Flood Management Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers - Region 9.

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Thought to be the state’s largest project of its kind, the Feather River Setback Levee will improve local and regional flood protection by widening the floodway. This will help lower surface water levels and eliminate areas where water can back up (choke points).

A brand new levee, designed to the latest federal standards, has been built on strong soils behind the current levee. The old levee is being demolished. Dirt from the old levee will be used as backfill in areas where soils were dug to build the new levee.

The project involves 1,600 acres, 450 acres of which is dedicated to the setback levee. The remaining 1,150 acres will be used for habitat restoration and agricultural use. The Authority continues to negotiate with local property owners for the purchase of land.

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Feather River
(above) Levee crews actively doing earthwork construction.

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