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Kleinfelder/Stantec team supporting critical California levee projects for the US Army Corps of Engineers

Kleinfelder/Stantec team supporting critical California levee projects for the US Army Corps of Engineers

Sacramento River East Levee Contracts 3 and 4 will help reduce flood risks 


The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Sacramento District selected Kleinfelder and Stantec to provide engineering services for levee improvements on the Sacramento River in Northern California. The design project consists of seepage/stability improvements along the Sacramento River East Levee (SREL) downstream of the American River confluence in Sacramento.

The project is part of the ongoing modernization of Sacramento’s aging flood infrastructure system. The Greater Sacramento area is considered one of the most at-risk regions in the US for catastrophic flooding. The area relies on an aging system of levees, weirs and bypasses, and Folsom Dam to reduce flood risk. Working together, USACE, California’s Central Valley Flood Protection Board, California Department of Water Resources, and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency are upgrading the flood infrastructure.

Kleinfelder—a leading engineering, science, and construction services firm with specialized expertise in water and dam projects—will serve as the prime consultant on the SREL Contract segments 3 and 4. Stantec—a leading global design firm with specialized expertise in water and dam projects—is a key member of Kleinfelder’s team and will provide geotechnical investigation and analysis, utility coordination, and engineering design. The $9.4 million project is estimated to be complete in spring 2023.

“Given that many of us live and work in the greater Sacramento area, we are excited to support the USACE Sacramento District with the completion of this critical flood risk-reduction infrastructure project,” said Program and Contract Manager Mark W. Connelly. “Levee and dam infrastructure improvements like SREL provide multiple benefits to the local community, and we take great pride helping to enhance public safety through our geotechnical and engineering services.”

Chris Williams, senior vice president for Stantec’s US Federal Program, added, “We are excited to work with Kleinfelder and support the USACE Sacramento District with these projects to secure critical infrastructure. Our team has decades of experience providing geotechnical and engineering services for projects like these. We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with USACE.”

Kleinfelder has supported the USACE Sacramento District under a variety of contracts for geotechnical design and investigations since 1986, executing important geotechnical engineering and construction work at USACE dams throughout the Sacramento District and South Pacific Division. At the forefront of risk-based dam and levee safety methodologies, the firm supports water infrastructure projects throughout North America, providing a full range of services including geotechnical, geologic, seismic, environmental, civil, structural, hydrologic, and hydraulic engineering services for dams, reservoirs, tunnels, and other water facilities as well as for structure foundations and other appurtenant construction.

Stantec has successfully delivered projects for USACE globally for more than 60 years. The firm has completed thousands of task orders for civil works projects, including the concept development and design of the Chickamauga Lock Replacement for the USACE Nashville District and full design services for the Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps Project for the USACE New Orleans District. The firm was recently awarded a five-year national dam and levee safety control contract. In addition to civil works projects, Stantec is actively delivering on task orders for military programs and environmental services with USACE districts across the world.