What’s “Levee Maintenance?”
Once levees are improved, they must be maintained to strict urban standards. These improved levees have added features (like new relief wells and electronic monitoring devices) that require more manpower, updated equipment, and more technical skill than ever before.
Increased maintenance activities include:
Who’s Responsible for Levees?
The State of California owns the levees. Reclamation District 784 (RD 784) handles levee operations and maintenance on behalf of the state. RD 784 is responsible for approximately 37 miles of levees in South Yuba County. [view RD 784 FY 10/11 Operations & Maintenance Budget]
The Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority (TRLIA) manages major levee construction. TRLIA is authorized to finance, create community facility districts, assessment districts, or other financing districts, construct/repair, acquire property, and jointly maintain significant levee improvements with RD 784. In the past four years, TRLIA has improved nearly 29 miles of RD 784’s levees. Per signed agreements with the state, TRLIA is required to ensure the maintenance of improved levees to stringent urban standards.
The levees will be maintained by RD 784 with funding and other support provided by TRLIA.