— The National Guard will deploy to California’s Modesto Reservoir in the coming days, the Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday.
The move is the first of its kind in the state, where the federal government has spent more than $3 billion on dams, roads, and other infrastructure.
The Guard is set to begin operations in Sacramento on Tuesday.
The announcement came as President Donald Trump and top aides were preparing to announce plans to increase spending for the Guard by more than 3,000 troops in response to the opioid crisis.
The governor has also asked the Army to increase its presence at the Sacramento and Fresno dams and to expand the deployment of federal reserve troops in the region.
The California Guard’s first deployment will occur on Tuesday, the Corps said in a statement.
The Guard will operate out of the Sacramento Army Depot and Sacramento National Guard Armory.
The new deployments are being coordinated with the California National Guard, which has the responsibility for the state’s public works.
The Corps said that its mission is to ensure public safety and to maintain public safety.
It said that the Guard will not be using the water in the Sacramento River to power generators.