cbec was recently asked to present at the Society of American Military Engineers Sacramento Post’s January general meeting. The event began at Club Pheasant, a West Sacramento favorite of ours, followed by a Southport site tour. Sam Diaz, P.E., lead engineer, and Chris Bowles, Ph.D., P.E., Managing Director, regaled a group of about 40 SAME members with inside Southport knowledge. The presentation focused on the geomorphic and ecological design elements of this uniquely important enterprise.
Now, we can’t promise you the tour group waited 30 minutes before going near the river waters, but we can tell you they had a blast! There, we noted how well the site is flourishing after construction; the offset floodplain is completely inundated. The exposed floodplain is inundated to depth of 7-10 feet. Sacramento River flow is 52,000 cfs with a corresponding water level of 17 feet (NAVD). This correlates to approximately a 1.5 year return period flow. It is hard to believe that a year ago this was agricultural land separated from the Sacramento River by the old levee.
Thank you to Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Sacramento Post for having us!