Primary flood protection for the Novato area is the responsibility of Zone 1 of the Marin County Flood Control District – a government entity most people probably never heard about. It is separate from the County and the City and depends on a separate tax base. Currently Zone 1 spends about $2 million a year to dredge and clear creeks and maintain pumps and levees. That’s enough for maintenance but not for major flood prevention projects.
In the past, the low lying Novato valley flooded frequently when big storms hit. As Novato grew and became more populated, damage from flooding became more serious. In 1984 a major bond issue to pay for flood protection was approved by voters. After Flood Control Zone No. 1 completed a series of projects, flooding became less extensive and damaging. But now, we must look forward. With the threat of more intense storms, sea level rise, ground settlement and deteriorating levees, up to $40 million of new investments are needed to protect Novato’s future and the thousands of people who live in our flood hazard zone.
Over 18 years Measure E will raise almost $20 million for these proactive projects. There are State and Federal matching grants for flood control and wetland restoration. This includes the 2016 Measure AA which will help fund expanded tidal wetlands and protect against storm surge from the Bay. But only communities that tax themselves (it’s called self-help) have success attracting matching funds.
Measure E enables our community to address flood control proactively and leverage State and Federal funds to get the most protection for our property from our taxes. Funds raised by Measure E are locally controlled and can be spent only on projects in the Novato area. Low income seniors will be exempt from the tax.
It costs much less to prevent flood damage than to restore public and private properties and facilities after a big flood. Just think about what you’ve seen recently on TV. And big floods don’t just impact people who live near creeks – the entire community can be disrupted and endangered when we get hit.
LIST OF PROJECTS PROJECTED FOR MEASURE E FUNDS
LOW INCOME SENIOR EXCEPTION
HOW DOES MEASURE E COMPARE TO MEASURE AA?
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Please visit Marin County’s website NOVATO FLOOD PROTECTION AND WATERSHED PROGRAM for more detailed information.
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