Sammie Batton lives near Franklin Blvd and Cosumnes River Blvd. He's been paying flood insurance since 1998.
"They called and told me I was in a flood zone and I would have to pay flood insurance," he says. "That was 12 years after I had been living there. I wasn't too happy about it, naturally."
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says almost everyone who lives between Franklin Boulevard and Morrison Creek and north of Strawberry Creek now has 100-year flood protection.
The flood insurance costs about $1,000 dollars per year and will no longer be required as of May 12. People may buy a Preferred Risk Policy that provides the same insurance for about $420.
Marshall Marik with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says unusual obstacles extended the construction of one of the projects to two years.
"The engineering involved in working around a gas transmission pipeline," he says "and also the interface required to get real estate rights on Union Pacific Railroad property caused that to be the last piece that needed to be constructed to make this a complete project.
The Army Corps built a 3300-foot flood wall on Morrison Creek. The Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency lined about a mile-and-a-half of Unionhouse Creek with concrete.
A collection of environmental, fishing and whitewater groups recommends changes to dam management in a new report, issued in response to the failure of the main spillway at Lake Oroville in February.
Traditional methods to cool cows use 11,000 gallons of water per cow per year. UC Davis researchers are trying out new techniques that use less resources.
Caltrans is worried about the possibility of dead trees falling onto some California highways. The agency has already removed 107,000 trees. Now the agency is getting ready to remove another 54,000 trees, including some on private land.
A federal water bill that supporters say will streamline dam and water storage projects in California faces an uphill battle in the Senate. One of the largest water suppliers in the state says it's unlikely to support it.
Summertime is a favorite for tourists at Lake Tahoe, but the region's transportation system is not designed for the growing number of people who use it. The TRPA and TERC are coming up with a plan to fix the gridlock and improve the lake's clarity.