The City of West Sacramento is surrounded by levees that protect it from riverine flooding. These levees create a “bathtub” effect, so that other sources of water – like rain – must be physically collected and removed to prevent flooding. This is done by a system of canals, ditches, detention basins and pumps, also known as the internal drainage system. Together, levees and the internal drainage system protect properties from flood damage.
Created in 1911, Reclamation District 900’s mission is to operate and maintain both the levees and the internal drainage system that reduce flood risk for properties within its boundaries in the City of West Sacramento. Today, the District has six employees responsible for operating and maintaining 13.6 miles of levees, along with the facilities that make up the internal drainage system: