Tag Archive: american river

Oct 10 2012

What is a Slurry Wall? (Video)

With reference to levees, a slurry wall is a commonly used term, but seldom defined or illustrated. So when I saw this video posted last week by the Sacramento District of the Corps of Engineers, I wanted to pass it on. Slurry (or seepage cutoff) walls create a vertical barrier to seepage through or under …

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Jun 04 2012

A Few Good Reads (6/4/12): Flooding in Cuba, Adoption of the CVFPP, and Drought in Colorado

This week: Flooding in Cuba, concrete work on the control structure for Folsom Dam begins, the adoption plan for the CVFPP, drought in Colorado, and the lowest peak streamflow on the Poudre River (Colorado) on record. Concrete work begins on new Folsom Dam spillway (Sacramento Bee) The control structure will be 146 feet high – …

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May 25 2012

Folsom Dam Spillway (CA) Construction (Video)


Folsom Dam is a flood control structure and storage reservoir on the American River, a significant tributary to the Sacramento River, just outside of Sacramento in California’s Central Valley. The Corps of Engineers (Sacramento District) is in the process of constructing an auxiliary spillway to allow the dam to handle a higher flood flow. The …

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Oct 21 2011

The Natomas “Bath Tub” Flood Risk

The following video is a great overview of the Natomas area in north Sacramento, a region also known as the Natomas “Bath Tub.” There has been a lot political pressures and conflict in Natomas because of the decertification of the levees and potential for flood insurance but the threat and risk of flooding in Natomas …

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