Natomas Basin Project in Sacramento, CA. LWA staff was part of the SAFCA management team that constructed over 18 miles of levee improvements in the Natomas Basin in advance of Congressional authorization and federal investment. LWA helped manage a multi-disciplinary consultant team to ensure that flood risk reduction improvements were designed to meet State and federal standards. LWA’s team helped SAFCA navigate the complex regulatory environment to ensure the project’s ultimate construction. LWA’s work completed on behalf of SAFCA includes managing the State grants, maintaining the program schedule, tracking NEPA/CEQA compliance, securing State and federal permits, advancing engineering design, and tracking real estate acquisition and construction activities.
LWA’s specialized financial management support assists in the preparation of annual budgets and program cost estimates. The firm’s principals led the development of State funding agreement grant applications which provide Bond financing support for Sacramento County and SAFCA. They lead efforts to secure payments from the State during program implementation and track investments made from SAFCA’s Consolidated Capital Assessment District. They lead development of federal crediting packages to secure federal credit for work advanced by SAFCA and the State prior to Congressional authorization of the Natomas Basin Project.
LWA assisted with the establishment of SAFCA’s Natomas Basin Levee Assessment District by leading an effort to coordinate multiple engineering firms, environmental consultants and staff to prepare an updated 200-year program cost estimate. The firm’s principals and staff supported public outreach and Assessment District formation.
In 2007, LWA’s principals worked with SAFCA’s consulting team to help establish three funding mechanisms for capital improvements to the levee systems protecting Sacramento and the surrounding area. They assisted with the formation of the original Consolidated Capital Assessment District, which was approved by property owners in 2007, the Consolidated Capital Assessment District #2 (2016), as well as SAFCA’s Development Impact Fee program. The Development Impact Fee covers the City of Sacramento, as well as portions of unincorporated Sacramento and Sutter counties.
LWA continues to support SAFCA with management of projects funded by their Assessment Districts and administers multiple State funding agreements.