NATURAL RESOURCES—Flood Control for Sacramento County

NATURAL RESOURCES—Flood Control for Sacramento County

The LWVSC considers flood control a major safety, health and economic issue facing the region which requires significant, coordinated public and private action . . .
Position History: 

(Adopted 2007)

  1. The League of Women Voters of Sacramento County considers flood control a major safety, health and economic issue facing the region and believes that proper flood control includes the following:
    1. the prevention of flooding that includes well-maintained flood facilities
    2. the safety of all people and updated evacuation procedures
    3. adequate funding to pay for protection and maintenance
    4. an effective emergency communication system
    5. the protection of property
    6. the provision of temporary or long-term care for flood victims
    7. matching or sharing of expenses with state and federal government
  2. In areas of high flood risk, the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County supports: In most instances, where there is a potential for significant property damage, banning new building until 100 year protection has been certified by FEMA.
    1. banning new building until 100 year protection has been certified by FEMA
    2. developers and real estate agents notifying first time home buyers and renters of high flood risk
    3. regular notification to existing property owners and renters of the high flood risk
    4. community dissemination of information regarding the National Flood Insurance program and continuing outreach to encourage property owners to purchase flood insurance;
    5. increased emergency response and evacuation preparation and planning including practice drills.
  3. The League of Women Voters of Sacramento County supports requiring flood insurance.
  4. The League of Women Voters of Sacramento County supports adequate funding so that structures can be protected from flood damage in an urban area.
  5. The League of Women Voters of Sacramento County supports the following sources of local funding in the order listed:
    1. assessments on properties directly benefiting from a flood control project;
    2. development fees from new projects in flood prone areas;
    3. community wide taxes or assessments:
    4. the general fund.
  6. The League of Women Voters of Sacramento County supports:
    1. local agencies conducting a full readiness inspection of equipment, update of evacuation plans, and availability of trained police and fire personnel prior to flood season and reporting the results of this inspection to the public;
    2. cities and the county participating in the sponsoring of flood awareness and preparation by disseminating information through the media prior to the start of each flood season with reminders during the season;
    3. local agencies continuing to monitor flood events in other parts of the nation and world.
  7. The League of Women Voters of Sacramento County supports buying development rights or flood easements on rural property which may flood in a high water event. This must be voluntary on the part of the owners of the rural property.
  8. The League of Women Voters of Sacramento County supports considering quality of life and habitat preservation when building levees as long as safety is not compromised:
    1. flood control projects should be designed to accommodate fish and animal habitat and to protect the natural beauty of rivers and streams;
    2. recreation and amenities such as hiking and biking trails should be preserved on levees as much as possible;
    3. open space, wildlife habitat and endangered plant species should be preserved as much as possible;
    4. the previously used approach of channelization and closed conduit conveyance facilities are not desirable.
  9. The League of Women Voters of Sacramento County supports the current flood control policy for rural streams which can be at a much lower level of protection than for the American and Sacramento Rivers. The League supports the current policy of leaving the Consumnes River in its mostly natural state.
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Sacramento County