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American River Watershed Common Features 2016 – North Sacramento Streams

The northern area of Sacramento is protected by a series of levees and channels that include Dry Creek, Robla Creek, Natomas East Main Drain Canal/Steelhead Creek (NEMDC) and Arcade Creek. In the 1990’s, SAFCA implemented substantial improvements to the system. The improvements included construction of a new levee and pump station along the north side of Dry Creek, and levee raising and strengthening along the east side NEMDC, the south side of Dry/Robla Creek, and the north and south sides of Arcade Creek. 

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, state and federal agencies adopted new policies and standards to make levees safer. It was determined that parts of the system would require additional improvements to meet current standards. In 2018, SAFCA constructed 3.75 miles of levee improvements along Arcade creek north and south levees west of Marysville Blvd and the NEMDC east levee between Arcade Creek and W El Camino Avenue. Additional improvements to be constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are also planned along Magpie Creek. The improvements constructed to date further reduce flood risk and meet current urban levels of protection requirements.

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