The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is responsible for managing and protecting California’s
water. DWR works with other agencies to benefit the state’s people, and to protect, restore and enhance
the natural and human environments.

Improving Flood Protection
Ground breaks on a dream of Hamilton City forefathers back in the 1930s: reliable flood protection for the small Glenn County community that today boasts of just over 2000 residents. Folks there have evacuated six times in the past 33 years. Now, thanks to a $5-million grant by DWR, land donated by the Nature Conservancy to offset local cost, and recent Federal funding, improvements to the J levee along the Sacramento River are finally underway. “This multi-benefit project moves forward in the spirit of Governor Brown’s California Water Action Plan,” Deputy Director Gary Bardini told the celebratory crowd. “The new levee will not only protect the community, but make room for restoring native habitat along the river.”

DWR Photography Kelly Grow | Spotlight Archive

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