Hamilton Levee Seepage Collection System, Phase II

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Project Overview


To collect seepage relative to the Hamilton Wetlands Restoration Project and San Pablo Bay.

Description and Background

The Hamilton Levee provides flood protection from tidal water to the developments in the easterly part of Hamilton Field nearest San Pablo Bay. The Levee is situated along the westerly side of the old air force base runway/taxiway system which was converted to wetlands by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the State Coastal Conservancy. The wetlands were opened to tidal action of San Pablo Bay in 2014. During the wetlands construction, which included depositing hydraulic fill material on the runways from the Port of Oakland dredging project, some of the excess water that was expected to flow towards the bay was found to be seeping through underground conduits that were not sufficiently plugged during construction of the Levee. Phase I of the project installed under drains (called "toe drains") at select locations along the Levee to collect that seepage and discharge it into the storm drainage system and ultimately to the storm drain pump station at the end of Hangar Avenue.

Phase II of the project will install additional drains in the areas where future seepage could occur. Installation of new drains and maintenance  of previously installed seepage drains are an essential part of maintaining levee accreditation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Levee is currently accredited and provides flood protection to the property owners in portions of Hamilton.

Contact Information

Project Engineer
Petr Skala

Public Works Department


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