Key Takeaways from RPNA Fall Meeting (10/19)

Neighbors, thank you to those who attended our RPNA fall meeting on Saturday.  For those who weren’t able to attend, here are some of the key takeaways from the meeting:

    1. The Army Corps of Engineers is preparing major work to mitigate potential erosion on the Lower American River; it is their biggest project in the Western U.S., and must be completed per Congress within the next 5 years.  The area near RP is high on their list, is likely to begin next winter, and will involve significant removal of trees and plants and the addition of rock.  They stated a commitment to fully mitigate the removed trees/plants.  Project specifics have not yet been set, and we will continue to engage with the Army Corps to provide updates.  Their presentation is available here:
    2. Following the meeting, I spoke to Councilmember Harris about the interaction between this project and the Two Rivers Trail paving, and he stated that the City still plans to bring the final environment document for the project to the City Council for approval later this year, but that construction will be delayed until the Army Corps completes the portion of its project that is at the same location.  This likely means Two Rivers Trail construction under the fastest scenario would not begin until 2022.
    3. On the issue of coyotes, City Animal Control Officer Jace Huggins delivered a comprehensive overview of the issue and encouraged all residents to engage in consistent “hazing” techniques that safely/humanely make the coyotes re-learn to fear humans.  His presentation that shows what to do and not do, products that homeowners can purchase to deter them, and more, is available here:
    4. Regarding the CalTrans CapCity Freeway Improvement Project, most of the project is at least a couple years off and not yet funded, but the widening of the bridge has been funded and will occur first.  While a bike/pedestrian path over the river is part of the general plan, there is not yet a decision on the details and whether that will be included as part of the bridge widening or part of the broader project in the future.  CalTrans expects to release draft environmental documents in March 2020 with construction beginning in 2021.
    5. Two RP residents called for volunteers to help with projects that are improving our neighborhood.  Kate Riley wants people to contact her who are interested in helping with the Tree Canopy Project tree planting on Saturday, Nov 16.  Serge Stanich wants people to contact him who are interested in participating in the “adopt a park” program at Glenn Hall, with the first volunteer event likely to occur in Dec.  If you don’t have their contact information or PM info on social media, e-mail us at 
    6. Per Councilmember Harris, CalExpo rejected the homeless shelter/triage center at that location, and thus the City is focused on creating shelter/triage centers at two other locations: one in the Meadowview neighborhood and the other on X st.

We will do a full write-up about the meeting in the December RP Review.  Also, thank you to all those who helped with the event and Chocolate Fish for providing coffee at significant reduced cost.

Following the meeting, CalTrans sent the following project documents:

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