West Sacramento Levee Improvement Program, West Sacramento CA. Since 2007, Derek Larsen has worked with WSAFCA and DWR to help advance the West Sacramento Levee Improvement Program (WSLIP). The WSLIP is an approximately 50 mile perimeter levee system protecting the City of West Sacramento. Derek has directed a multi-disciplinary consultant team to ensure flood control improvements were designed to meet State and federal standards. Derek’s work completed on behalf of the Agency includes; participation on the flood policy and strategy team, securing State funding, developing and managing the program schedule, tracking NEPA/CEQA compliance, securing State and federal permitting, coordination and direction of engineering design, management of the independent technical review panel, and tracking real estate acquisition and construction activities.
In partnership with WSAFCA, Derek has successfully secured State funding of approximately $185 million. Through innovative contracting strategies, Derek has helped maximize State matching funds for WSAFCA and secure a 90% State cost share for flood risk reduction improvements in the Northern portion of the City.
Seth Wurzel worked with WSAFCA to create finance mechanisms for funding levee improvements and long term enhanced maintenance. WSAFCA looked to Seth to help aid a team of consultants to put in place an assessment district, which passed a property owner election in July 2007, as well as an In-Lieu Development Fee for flood control improvements. Seth worked with the City of West Sacramento and WSAFCA staff and its consultants to set the In-Lieu Development Fee amounts, prepare the Nexus Study, and develop a pro forma cash flow analysis to model the revenues generated by the assessment district and development fees.
LWA currently leads efforts to administer cash flow models, assist with development of bonding strategies, and assess ongoing funding capacity assessment during project implementation. LWA administers multiple funding agreements with DWR and is working to securing State funding for additional projects for the Agency. LWA is part of the WSAFCA team that provides support for the flood policy and strategy, planning and implementation of the 6 mile Southport project. The Southport project is a 6 mile levee improvement project that includes approximately 4 miles of setback levee. LWA worked closely with the City of West Sacramento and WSAFCA management teams on the development of a strategy and implementation plan that supported the City of West Sacramento making a finding of Adequate Progress toward a 200-year level of urban flood protection as required by State law. LWA provided strategic guidance and implementation support in developing of the City of West Sacramento’s Urban Level of Protection (ULOP) findings report and developed the ULOP Financial Plan.