201409.16
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STATE OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE DELAY OF THE TUNNELS PROJECT AND PLAN TO RE-RELEASE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT FOR ADDITIONAL PUBLIC COMMENT

A spokesperson for the California Water Resources Department announced Wednesday that the Bay Delta Conversation Project, featuring two diversion tunnels, is being delayed. According to DWR, the delay was triggered by public comments submitted in response to the draft environmental impact report, which revealed that certain areas of the plan required additional study. DWR has…

201408.28
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WEST SAFCA APPROVES LEVEE ROUTE FOR SACRAMENTO RIVER SOUTHPORT EIP PROJECT AND RELEASES CERTIFIED ENIVRONMETNAL IMPACT REPORT

On August 14, 2014, the City of West Sacramento Board of Directors voted to approve the proposed route for the Sacramento River Southport Project (“SRSP”). The SRSP is part of West Sac Flood Protect program, which has already completed 10 miles of levee improvement projects, including the I Street Bridge Early Implementation Program. The West…

201406.09
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$1 Billion Natomas Project Finally Authorized

After a year long delay, the House of Representatives recently approved the Water Resources Reform and Development Act.  The bill authorizes, among many other projects across the nation, a $1 billion effort to strengthen the Natomas area levees.  The legislation also authorizes the strengthening of 41 miles of levees in the Sutter River Basin. The…

201403.17
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High Speed Rail Continues to Chug Along

Despite the recent setbacks for the High Speed Rail, it continues to chug along.  On Friday, the State Public Works Board adopted eight resolutions declaring the necessity for the state to take nine parcels in downtown Fresno. Most of the properties located in Fresno’s Chinatown District–on or near G Street between Fresno and Mono streets. …

201403.13
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Sixth Edition of Caltrans’ Highway Design Manual Published

Caltrans recently published the Sixth Edition of its Highway Design Manual, effective March 7, 2014. The Manual serves as the gold standard of best practices in procedures, policy, standards, and guidance in highway design, and is utilized by public agencies in all highway projects that receive state funding. You can review a transmittal that summarizes updates to…

201401.30
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HIGH SPEED RAIL- APPEAL UPDATE

On Tuesday, we reported that on Friday January 24, 2014 Governor Brown’s administration requested that the California Supreme Court decide whether two adverse rulings by Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny were correct- rulings that could impact the condemnation proceedings required by the High Speed Rail project.  Yesterday, the Supreme Court declined to hear the matter…

201401.17
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FEDERAL LAWMAKERS TURN TO THE WILDERNESS ACT AND EMINENT DOMAIN TO ACQUIRE CALIFORNIA LANDS FOR WILDERNESS AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

The High Speed Rail and Sacramento Arena Project are not the only significant eminent domain takings happening in California. The Wilderness Act, which authorizes the Federal government to designate public lands as national forests and national parks, marked its 50th year in 2013. Federal lawmakers have proposed two pieces of legislation pursuant to the Wilderness…