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Progress Hard To Come By On Feather River Levee Project

Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency

Heavy machinery is nowhere to be found on the area of levee that is supposed to be under construction currently. This picture was taken last year.

Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency

A 36-mile levee-repair project north of Sacramento remains stalled because of the discovery of Native American artifacts.

Construction is a month behind schedule.

Crews working on the Sutter Butte Flood Control project found burial sites last year along the Feather River.

The Native American Heritage Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers argued for months over whether the flood control agency should surrender  artifacts to the United Auburn Indian Community.

The corps relented two weeks ago...on the condition the agency create a new plan for the next time burials or artifacts are uncovered.

Mike Inamine is director of the flood control agency.  

"Unfortunately, it's slow-going, but we have a pretty good relationship with the tribe going forward and we expect to come to terms over the next couple of weeks."

The heritage commission has also issued a May 13th deadline for the agency to mitigate damage caused by the disturbance of the burials and artifacts.

About half of the work on the levee has been completed.