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County backs Reclamation District 17 levee funding bid

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POSTED January 22, 2010 2:50 a.m.
STOCKTON – The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday adopted a resolution in support of Reclamation District 17’s (RD 17) efforts to request funding to strengthen levees located within RD 17’s boundaries.

Currently, the State of California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is considering an application from RD 17 for $76 million in Early Implementation Program bond funding. The funds would be used by RD 17 for levee-strengthening projects to protect portions of unincorporated San Joaquin County and the cities of Lathrop, Manteca and Stockton. A condition to receive this funding requires all affected local government jurisdictions within RD 17’s protective area to adopt resolutions in support of the projects.

“Anyone who has lived in this County for any length of time knows flooding is our biggest natural threat”, stated San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors Carlos Villapudua. “By adopting this resolution, we have created the opportunity to receive badly-needed funds to strengthen our levees and keep our residents safe.”

Similar resolutions have been passed by the RD17 Board of Directors and the Lathrop and Manteca City Councils. The Stockton City Council will consider the matter in the near future.
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