Take a look at the graphics which show the path of the canal that the $300,000,000+ in federal and state money will construct. The purpose of this canal is to channel the water from the west beginning at County Road 98 to the Cache Creek Settling Basin in the east, thereby preventing flood waters from entering the city. Note that the plan includes up to $25,000,000 to buy flowage easements and to assist the 22 homes north of the canal with individual flood solutions as they are outside the protected zone.
The federal and state governments will not fund flood solutions to protect farmland or to enable future development. In the case of farmland, the solution is to let the land dry out and then plant. This has been going on in the bypass for years. The reason the federal and state governments are willing to commit hundreds of millions to building this protective canal is because an economic study has shown that a flood could cause up to $650,000,000 in damages.
West Sacramento is implementing its flood protection with $500,000,000 in federal and state support, and Sacramento City and County have done the same with over one billion dollars in federal and state support. It is now Woodland’s turn to accept federal and state support to implement its solution. If we say “no”, the money goes away and we stay vulnerable.
Help us solve Woodland’s critical flooding problem by voting YES on Measure M. If you want a yard sign or to help with the campaign, please email MeasureMWoodland@gmail.com. Stand up for Woodland. This is a reasonable solution that does not hurt our neighbors, despite the negative and mostly untrue things that are being said.
For objective background information with links to independent reports, visit the City of Woodland's Flood Risk Reduction Project page.
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