Denham Questions US Army Corps of Engineers on Orestimba Creek flood control project
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) questioned Major General Walsh, Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations of the US Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday regarding the Civil Works Review Board approval of the Orestimba Creek flood control project. The review board produced a unanimous vote to move forward on the Orestimba Creek flood control project on March 27 2013.
The project, regarded by Denham as “long overdue,” was eventually compiled by the Corps through new SMART planning techniques and is awaiting final approval from the Corps, also known as a “Chief’s Report.” The Orestimba Creek project will provide much needed flood protection to the City of Newman and surrounding areas. Gen. Walsh anticipated the finalized Chief’s Report is anticipated by late 2013 after being reviewed by multiple technical and policy review boards.
When asked by Denham if dams are still viable in California, Walsh concluded saying, “I couldn’t say from a blanket statement that any dam is not needed.”
As a member of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, Denham has a direct hand in shaping Corps policies involving flood control, navigation, ports and hydroelectric dams. He is strongly supportive of providing flood control protection along Orestimba Creek.
Video from the hearing is available here.