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Hayer Dam & Bridge Grand Opening
Monday, Nov. 21st - 11:00 AM
By Guy Kolling
Associate Landscape Architect
Sacramento County Regional Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Sacramento County Regional Parks, Recreation and Open Space (Parks), in
collaboration with the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA), is
planning a public grand opening for the Hayer Dam and Bridge Site
Renovation project. The event will occur at the project site,
located in Roy Hayer Park, at the west end of G Street. The grand
opening will take place on Monday, November 21 at 11:00 am.
Please see the related article in this issue of the News for a report
on the project’s status.
The project includes a new prefabricated bridge and paved
bicycle-pedestrian paths, which will improve non-motorized
transportation by connecting G Street with the Sacramento Northern
Parkway Trail. The bridge is constructed of "weathering" steel
with a wood deck, and has a span of 100 feet and a width of 10
feet. The bridge will provide a safe, attractive, all-weather
crossing over Dry Creek for bicyclists, pedestrians and
Parks has contributed $100,000 of Proposition 12 funds and
$238,575 of Proposition 40 funds to the project. The State
of Water Resources has contributed $334,000 from the Proposition 13
Flood Protection Corridor Program. SAFCA has contributed the
of the funding for this $1,800,000 project.
by Mick Klasson
Construction on the Hayer Dam project is nearing completion for the
year, as the finishing touches are being put on paved trail connections
to a new pedestrian, equestrian, and bicycle bridge. That bridge
will be opened to the public in a ceremony described elsewhere in this
issue of the NEWS. The Hayer Dam project is sponsored by the
Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) and the Sacramento County
Department of Regional Parks, Recreation and Open Space (County Parks),
with substantial funding from the California Department of Water
Resources Flood Protection Corridor Program.
The Hayer Dam Renovation project suffered a setback on September 27
when high water levels in Dry Creek led to the failure of a temporary
coffer dam used to keep water away from construction activities in the
creek. As a result, a water diversion facility will not be
completed until summer of 2006. The diversion, which replaces one
previously removed by SAFCA, will provide water to the Bell Acqua Ski
Lakes under an existing water right.
The diversion consists of perforated pipes that will be buried in
carefully-sized gravel in the streambed. When pumps are turned
on, water will flow from the stream, down through the gravel, into the
perforated pipes, and then on into conventional pipes which will convey
the water into Bell Acqua’s existing water system. The setback in
installing this diversion was described to the public at a Citizen
Advisory Committee meeting on October 25.
The failure of the dam caused the construction area to be filled with
water and sediment. Permitting conditions required in-stream
construction to be completed by October 15 to avoid affecting migrating
steelhead and salmon, and the setback prevented completion of work in
the stream by that deadline. However, a concrete weir in the
stream was completed prior to the high flows. The weir is a low
dam that has a notch in it to create a deeper channel so migrating fish
can move up or down without being stopped by the weir. Erosion
control work on the banks of the stream has now been completed as well,
so the site is ready for the winter season.
Work on diversion facilities that are outside the stream, including
construction of a pump station on the east bank of the stream, will
continue into the winter so that when the in-stream work is completed
in summer 2006 the diversion facilities will be ready for use.
On a related project with the same partners, SAFCA’s contractors
completed removal of debris levees downstream of Hayer Dam and upstream
of Rio Linda Boulevard. This project will reduce excessive
erosion of the streambed in this area, as well as allowing intermediate
flows from the creek to spread out onto the floodplain, which in this
area is comprised of open space lands owned by SAFCA and the
County. The debris removal will enhance riparian restoration
efforts along the Dry Creek Parkway.
in Rio Linda Elverta News November 10, 2005 - Scroll for other articles
Chamber hears incorporation review
First public presentation
by Jay O'Brien
The Rio Linda/Elverta Chamber of Commerce, at its meeting November 1st,
heard Incorporation Committee Chair Doug Cater, using Power Point,
present an overview of the Incorporation effort to date. Cater's
presentation included many pictures and maps while outlining the goals
of his committee.
Cater quoted the committee's mission statement, "It is the Rio
Linda/Elverta Incorporation Committee's intent to spearhead the
financial feasibility study of incorporation of Rio Linda and Elverta
so that we may continue to enhance, promote and protect our community's
quality of life."
He explained the potential annexation of a portion of the Rio
Linda/Elverta Park District by the City of Sacramento, "If successful,
the annexation could deprive the district of 40% of its revenue,
sending the park district into dissolution." Added to that is the
City's potential takeover of 30% of the park district's territory.
Incorporation could preserve these Park District assets.
Cater described the benefits local control by incorporation could
provide; Traffic, Police Protection, Flooding, Community Identity and
Illegal dumping were named as a few of the issues that incorporation
Other Incorporation Committee members who participated and answered
questions from the audience were Spokesperson Bob Bastian; Vice Chair
Hal Morris; Secretary Armand Nadeau; Fund Raising Chair Norma-Lee;
Pollie Parker, DVM; and Judy Garcia, who is also the Chamber President.
The Incorporation Committee will be making similar presentations to
other community groups. Cater says the schedule includes the Water
Board on November 14th, 7PM at the Depot Visitor center; The Parks
Board on November 15th, 7PM at the Community Center; and the Lunch
Bunch on December 1st, 11:30 AM at Pancake Circus in North
The feasibility study, if it concludes that a City would be feasible,
will address what can be accomplished without tax increases; if the
study is positive, as expected, then another effort will begin to put
the issue on the ballot for the voters to decide.
The feasibility study has been started, but more contributions are
necessary to get it completed. As of November 4th, $17,359 had been
raised and $15,645 is still needed.
To contribute, visit http://rlecity.com and/or send contributions to
RLE Incorporation, PO Box 697, Elverta, CA 95626. Your contribution
will help promote local control over local issues.
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