Smith Canal Gate Structure

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FEMA confirms validity of Smith Canal Gate Project CLOMR (City and County areas, January 23, 2018)

In February 2017, SJAFCA sought Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) for construction management and inspection services for the Smith Canal Gate project. A Non-Mandatory SOQ meeting was held on March 6, 2017, at SJAFCA. The SOQ process allowed questions and answers before the deadline date for submittals on March 27, 2017. Interviews with four firms were conducted in April 2017. In May, the SJAFCA Board authorized a contract with AECOM Technical Services, Inc. to provide construction management services for the Smith Canal Gate project. For more information please see our newsletter.

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The Smith Canal Gate Project Final Environmental Impact Report has been certified

To comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”), the San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency (“SJAFCA”) Board of Directors certified the Final EIR; adopted the Findings of Fact, Statement of Overriding Considerations, and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plan; and approved Alternative 1 for final design and ultimate construction at the November 19, 2015 meeting (minutes will be available January 21, 2016, upon Board approval).

A full electronic copy of the document is available below. A printed copy may be reviewed at the SJAFCA office, located at 22 E. Weber Ave., Suite 301, Stockton, and at the Stockton-San Joaquin Public Library, Chavez Central Branch, located at 605 N. El Dorado St., Stockton.

The Smith Canal Project Summary

SJAFCA has approved the Smith Canal Gate Project to construct a gate structure at the mouth of Smith Canal adjacent to the San Joaquin River in and adjacent to the city of Stockton. The project is needed because the existing levees along Smith Canal are heavily encroached upon and cannot be certified as meeting Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) standards or the state’s Urban Levee Design Criteria (ULDC), placing approximately 8,000 properties and approximately 24,000 people at increased risk from flooding. The project will close off Smith Canal during high flow and tide events, allowing existing Smith Canal levees to function as a secondary risk-reduction measure.

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