Posted by Dan Bacher, Indybay.org, 6/15/10

“This legislation will help sustain Delta maintenance programs during this time of transition,” Senator Lois Wolk concluded. “Until the state develops and begins to implement its plans for the Delta, the Delta Levee Program must remain in place to help provide necessary levee maintenance and improvements that protect Delta levees and the communities living and working behind them.”

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on June 3 signed legislation by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to extend a cost-sharing program that helps many local levee agencies afford necessary maintenance and improvements to levees that protect lives, farmland, and drinking water in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, according to a news release from Wolk’s office.

“At a time when funding is hard to come by, this measure extends a successful program that helps to safeguard the Delta’s continuing role as the heart of the state’s water system, as fertile farmland, and a rich estuary ecosystem,” said Wolk, who also authored legislation in 2005 that extended the 75 percent cost-sharing formula until 2010.

Wolk’s current legislation, Senate Bill 808, extends the state’s authorization to reimburse local agencies for up to 75 percent of levee maintenance and improvement costs. Without the bill, the state could not provide more than 50 percent reimbursement after July 1 of this year.

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