Army Corps of Engineers Vegetation Policy Issue

In April 2009, the Army Corps of Engineers released a mandate, based on a new National Levee Safety Program, requiring all federally constructed levees along streams and rivers to be free of trees and shrubs.   Many levees that have been identified are the same ones that the Army Corps of Engineers had designed and constructed just a few years earlier to accommodate requirements by federal and state agencies to integrate and support river vegetation and wildlife.

On Monday, October 11, 2010 the Bay Area Flood Protection Agencies coordinated a news conference to oppose the Corps mandate  and it's requirement to clear cut trees in the Bay Area creeks.

Due to the length of the press conference video, it is broken up into 3 segments.

Press the Play Button on each of the segments to view them. 

Segment One includes: Opening Remarks and Speakers


 

Segment Two includes: Speakers and Q&A



Segment Three includes: Tour




Click on documents/links below for more information on the impacts of this policy.

News Release

Map of the impacted Bay Area Creeks

Vegetation Policy Fact Sheet

Wildcat-San Pablo Creeks Impacts

Case Studies

Letter to National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies, dated February 17, 2011

Letter to Army Corps of Engineers, dated February 15, 2011

Letter to Army Corps of Engineers from National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies, dated February 2, 2011

Congress Briefing Paper

Letter to Army Corps of Engineers from Congress, dated 12-14-10

Letter to Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, dated 12-6-10

Letter to Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, dated 6-7-10

Letter to Senators and Representatives from CCC Board of Supervisors

Letter to Army Corps of Engineers, dated 8-5-10

Letter to Army Corps of Engineers from BAFPAA, dated 4-10-10

Department of Water Resources webpage on the effects of the Vegetation Policy

For additional information, contact Tim Jensen at 925-313-2390.