As for the Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed new floodwall and extension of the Groveland levee, it sounds like the Corps was against it before it was for it. This is from a May 2010 story in the Landmark, citing Army Corps Project Manager Jeffrey Zuercher:
“A plan to extend the Groveland Avenue levee has received a negative benefit cost-ratio in preliminary analyses. The levee tieback would probably increase flooding upstream on Maplewood Road, Zuercher said.
“‘It creates more problems than it solves,’ Zuercher said.”
By contrast, Zuercher told the Landmark that fixing the railroad bridge would have a positive cost-benefit ratio. This flip flopping by the Corps deserves an explanation.
Meanwhile, Riversiders should just say “No.”
Ed. Note: The Army Corps is accepting public comment through Oct. 2 at http://1.usa.gov/1dtLpFg.