Reasons for Exemption
As a result of the imminent threat of catastrophic levee failure, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed a state of emergency for California's levee system in February 2006. In that emergency proclamation, and in the Governor's Executive Order S-01-06 issued in March 2006, the Governor directed DWR to continue to identify additional levee sites that may require expedited repairs in order to prevent a catastrophic failure. Recent investigations by DWR and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have identified numerous additional levee sites throughout the State which are in a substantially degraded condition and in need of immediate emergency repairs. On October 3, 2006, the Governor issued Executive Order S-18-06, which found that conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property continue to exist along California's levees and other flood control systems. On November 2, 2006, the Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, issued a Declaration of Emergency for 24 newly identified critical levee sites along the Sacramento and Bear rivers, Cache Creek, Steamboat Slough, and Sutter Slough. DWR and Corps have determined that all of these 24 sites, including the project site, are severely damaged, pose an imminent threat of levee failure, and are in need of emergency repairs. The emergency repairs for this project are necessary to maintain the levee system, which is essential to protecting the public health, safety, and welfare, and to avoid a catastrophic levee failure.