SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2009) -- The Napa River/Napa Creek Flood Protection Project has been selected to receive the 2009 Public Works Project of the Year award from the Northern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association in a ceremony Feb. 20, 2009.

The project - a partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District and the Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District - was nominated in the structures of $5 million, but less than $25 million category. It was completed in May 2008.

Part of the larger, $366 million Napa Flood Control Project, the project provides flood protection to the city of Napa, Calif., but also required rehabilitating a public park that forms part of the flood embankments.

"The Napa River Project features multi-layer terracing and flood walls that are designed to capture and channel water that would have inundated downtown Napa during flood season," says project manager for the Sacramento District, Pete Broderick.

Napa has flooded seven times during the 20th century, causing more than $500 million damage.

"The flood water is now channeled through the Napa River and out to the San Pablo Bay. In the course of building the flood control project we were also able to rehabilitate an old park in Napa, called Veterans Park. The embankments encompassing Veterans Park are part of the flood control features of this project. They also constitute an attractive locale for park visitors."

"The design represents a balance between flood-protection needs and the desire to maintain or enhance the river's natural processes and features," Broderick adds. "The project also restores riparian and fish habitats."

Napa officials say they're pleased with the outcome.

"This project was a true collaboration between the local community, the Army Corps of Engineers and their designers," says Julie Lucido, project manager for the Napa County Flood and Water Conservation District. "The result is a flood wall that will not only provide flood protection to the downtown, but it is also an attraction the community can enjoy."