2018 Issues

  • During heavy rains in January and February, more than 400,000 gallons of sewage overflowed from the Sacramento Area Sewer District system. More overflows occurred from systems upstream. Levels of E.coli bacteria that exceed the federal standard for safe recreational use have been found in Lake Natoma and the Lower American River. SARA will continue to address the issue of fecal contamination with the responsible agencies.
  • SARA will continue initiatives to improve water flow and temperature conditions in the Lower American River where there has been a serious decline in salmon and trout populations.
  • California voters will be asked to approve a water and park bond measure on the November 2018 ballot. It includes $10 million for the Lower American River Conservancy Program which will be used for grants, projects and studies that benefit the Lower American. SARA will be campaigning for passage of this important measure.
  • SARA will continue to work towards protecting the Parkway from the ongoing threat of a new car bridge through Discovery Park and a newly proposed study of a potential car bridge through Sutter’s Landing Park and across the American River as part of the CALTRANS' SR51/Cap City Improvement Project.