BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – January 23, 2024


DATE: January 23, 2024
PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library

9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA

MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting
James Adams
Paul Bowers
Lori Christensen
Ken Crawford
Rene Hamlin
Jim Morgan
Debbie Purvis
Andrea White
Gay Jones
1. Call to Order by Co-Chair Rene Hamlin
2. Welcome and Introductions
3. Old Business
a. USACE Presentation: Rationale and History of Contract 3B Proposal
Jim Morgan distributed a handout and made a presentation on the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers (Corps) proposed erosion protection work on the Lower American River, called
Contract 3B. There is an environmental document that was released in December, called a
Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Subsequent Environmental Impact
Report that has information on eight proposed projects, including Contracts 3B and 4B, which
are located just downstream from the BRECA area. Contract 3B proposes to use a number of
different techniques to prevent erosion, including levee revetment (rocks), launchable rock
trench, bank revetment, launchable bank toe with planting bench, and tiebacks. Revetment
would be covered with soil and revegetated.
The history of this is that eight years ago, the Corps agreed to work with local agencies, in
particular the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, and local stakeholders such as
environmental groups and BRECA to design the projects. This was implemented through the
Lower American River Task Force (LARTF), a group of agencies and other stakeholders who
meet regularly to consider various activities planned or in progress on the Lower American

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River. The LARTF reactivated it’s Bank Protection Working Group (BPWG) to do the
technical work involved. The BPWG created a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and a
Resource Advisory Committee (RAC), together called the TRAC. The TAC was composed
of eight members, five who were independent consultants and three who belonged to the
Corps. The TAC divided the leveed portion of the Lower American River into a number of
segments. The segments were prioritized into high (tier 1), medium (tier 2), and low (tier 3)
risk of levee failure due to erosion at 160,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) by comparing
hydrologic models of river flow to the geomorphic composition of banks and berms. They
identified three areas with high risk of failure in the segments of river between Watt Ave. and
Larchmont Park on the south side, and two segments of river between Howe Ave. and Watt
Ave. on the north side. These, plus one other area, are the areas proposed for work under
Contract 3B.
The plans for Contract 3B have changed markedly during it’s design. The BPWG came up
with the first plans for resisting erosion in the tier 1 areas. Then design was turned over to the
Corps. In general, the resource impact of the plans has decreased during design evolution.
Still, there would be major impacts: many trees, some of them large heritage trees, would
need to be removed. In the section between Watt Ave. and Larchmont Park there would be a
loss of 522 trees, with another 149 in the area between Howe Ave. and Watt Ave. An
additional small area of work on the north side upstream of Watt Ave would lose 14 trees, for
a total of 685 trees.
An additional area of concern is that one staging area is to be the large property on Folsom
Blvd. opposite the Butterfield Light Rail Station. This is within the BRECA area. The
concern here is the fate of the large trees surrounding the house and outbuildings on the
The main focus right now is the environmental document released in December. The
comment period on the document is through February 23, 2024. BRECA should submit
comments on the document.
James Adams stated he had seen little erosion in the area between Watt Ave. and Larchmont
Park, and questioned what was the problem? Paul Bowers responded it is based on a flow of
160,000 cfs, which is a very high flow. James Adams stated that he would like to see an on-
site visit with technical experts to answer questions. There was discussion of the two virtual
meetings held by the Corps to present the environmental document. It was agreed that those
meetings were grossly inadequate.
A committee was formed to comment on the environmental document, consisting of Jim
Morgan, James Adams, and Paul Bowers.
4. New Business
a. Dates for BRECA events in 2024
Budget Committee Meeting: Before February 27
Elections: Nominations begin March 22 BRECA meeting.
Easter Egg Hunt: March 30
American River Clean Up: September 14
Picnic: September 29
General Meeting: October 22

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Holiday Party: December 17
5. Minutes of November 28 and December 12, 2023
Ken Crawford made a motion to approve the minutes of the November 28 and December 12,
2023 meetings. James Adams seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.
It was noted that the minutes were well done.
6. Reports
a. Treasurer
Andrea White reported that in 2023 BRECA’s income exceeded expenses. The balance in the
BRECA account is $7,714.99.
b. Membership
Jim Morgan reported that BRECA has 87 memberships.
c. Neighborhood Watch
Debbie Purvis reported that a new person is in charge of Neighborhood Watch.
7. Meeting adjourned.
The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting at the Rancho Cordova Library on
February 27, 2024.

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