The Flood Maintenance Office is developing a Strategic Implementation Plan to tie the goals of its programs to the mission and statutory obligations of the department and to the objectives of FloodSAFE. The Strategic Implementation Plan, currently in the final draft stage, defines the Flood Maintenance Office’s purpose, goals, objectives, program elements, program components, strategies, priorities, and overall schedule and budget. It also describes detailed activities and measurable objectives under each of the composite program elements, and provides strategic program direction for the Flood Maintenance Office. Projects selected for bond funding (as well as those receiving funds from the General Fund) are to be consistent with the Flood Maintenance Office’s Strategic Implementation Plan.
The Flood Maintenance Office maintains portions of the Sacramento River Flood Control Project (Project) to fulfill the assurances provided to the federal government by the State that the Project, which the federal government constructed and turned over to the State for operation and maintenance, will be adequately maintained. A Memorandum of Understanding was executed in November 1953 between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the State of California that describes the State’s responsibility for maintaining the Project features.
The authority for DWR to maintain the Project is included in Sections 8361 and 12648 of the California Water Code. Project features covered in the authority include river channels, hydraulic control structures, designated levees, and ancillary structures. Bond 1E Chapter 1.699, Article 4, Section 5096.821 provides for the use of bond funds for the evaluation, repair, rehabilitation, reconstruction, or replacement of levees, weirs, bypasses, and facilities of the State Plan of Flood Control.
Maintenance standards that the federal government requires the State to adhere to are described in operation and maintenance manuals that the Corps prepares for each unit of the Project before they turn the completed Project feature over to the State for operation and maintenance. Additional maintenance and or inspection standards for levees that the State maintains are found in the Code of Federal Regulations Title 33 Section 208.10 Levees, Channels, Floodways and Associated Structures; Corps of Engineers Levee Owner’s Manual for Non-Federal Flood Control Works, March 2006; and Department of Water Resources Vegetation Criteria for Standard Levees, October 2007.
Initially, projects undertaken by the Flood Maintenance Office were based on a backlog of deferred maintenance. In addition to continuing to work on deferred maintenance, new projects are identified through a number of inspection programs. These include inspection programs for levees, channels, bridges, hydraulic structures, and utilities. Inspections are conducted to comply with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Code of Federal Regulations (33 CFR 208.10) and the National Levee Safety Program.
In addition to complying with maintenance guidelines and manuals developed by the Corps of Engineers, projects undertaken by the Flood Maintenance Office must comply with various permits and agreements from agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Section 404 Clean Water Act and Section 10 Rivers and Harbors Act), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Endangered Species Act), California Department of Fish and Game (1600 Streambed Alternation Agreement and Endangered Species Act), Central Valley Flood Protection Board (Encroachment Permit), Water Resources Control Board (401 Clean Water Act), Regional Water Quality Control Board (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit and Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements), State Historic Preservation Officer (Archeological Resource and National Historic Preservation Acts), Native American Heritage Commission, State Lands Commission, and must also comply with the California Environmental Quality Act.
Routine maintenance of levees, channels and hydraulic control structures are performed by crews from the Sacramento and Sutter Maintenance Yards and is funded by baseline allocations from the General Fund. However, some maintenance activities are beyond the technical capabilities of the Maintenance Yards or require more resources than they can provide. These non-routine maintenance activities are funded by Proposition 1E funds. In the past AB 142 funds, Proposition 50 and 84 funds were also used for the non-routine maintenance activities. Examples of non-routine maintenance projects include rehabilitation of Weir 2 in Sutter County, Sutter Bypass Pumping Plant upgrades, and Knights Landing Outfall Gates control system rehabilitation.
Projects are selected for funding based on the severity of potential impacts from flooding in incurred high water damage, or operation and maintenance demands placed on Maintenance Yard crews due to existing conditions.
Compliance and Reporting
Contracts that are let through the Flood Maintenance Office include contract documents such as plans and specifications that describe what must be done. Quality control to assure the contract documents are being adhered to is performed by inspectors within the Department as well as hired consultants. Inspection reports are provided to the project manager to assure the work being performed is in compliance with the contract documents.
Financial controls include reviewing the scope of the project prior to requesting Proposition 1E and 84 funds to ensure they are eligible for bond funding and having all contracts (and their task orders) for professional services reviewed by General Services and all construction contracting performed by the Division of Engineering to ensure compliance with State contracting procedures. Once completed, the projects are maintained as part of the flood control system maintenance stipulated in Section 8361 of the Water Code.