The Flood Projects Office’s United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) Projects Program goals tie to the mission of the Department, the objectives of the State Systemwide Investment Approach (SSIA) as outlined in the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP), and statutory obligations for improvements of elements of the flood control system. The purpose, goals, objectives, program elements, program components, strategies, priorities, and overall schedule and budget have been incorporated. Projects selected for bond funding are to be consistent with the Flood Projects Office’s USACE Projects Program.
The Flood Projects Office provides for sustainable integrated flood management and an emergency response system throughout California that improves public safety, protects and enhances environmental and cultural resources, and supports economic growth by reducing the probability of destructive floods, promoting beneficial floodplain processes, and lowering the damages caused by flooding in partnership with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). The Flood Projects Office administers the USACE Projects Program, which was, in the past funded by General Fund appropriations, and subsequent to the passage of the Disaster Preparedness and Flood Prevention Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 1E) and the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 84); it receives appropriations from these funds. In conjunction with the California Water Code, these Propositions authorized the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) acting by and through the Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB) to be a partner with the Corps and fund a share of among other things, flood protection work. These funds will be for: (a) repair, rehabilitation, reconstruction or replacement of levees, weirs, bypasses and facilities of the State Plan of Flood Control and (b) improving or adding facilities to the State Plan of Flood Control to increase levels of flood protection for urban areas. This program applies only to the Central Valley and certain adjacent areas. An estimated $3,000,000,000 has been made available for projects under this program.
Projects designed and constructed under the USACE Projects Program must provide flood protection to at least the 200-year Level of Protection. The Corps plays the primary role of reconnaissance, planning and selection of alternatives under National Economic Development (NED) procedures, design and construction.
Projects undertaken by the Corps in partnership with the CVFPB, with the support of the Flood Projects Office are selected by the Corps based on the level of funding for a particular fiscal year.
Projects are evaluated by the Corps using the National Economic Development (NED) account that is part of the Corps Principles and Guidelines system of accounts. Representatives from the USACE Projects Program participate in regular team meetings at the Corps offices during the feasibility, planning, design and construction phases of the project to ensure the interests of the State and the local sponsor(s) are considered.
During the technical review, the Department’s technical review team assesses the projects for completeness and adherence to state regulation. The technical review team also assesses the analyses to make sure they have been completed correctly. Department staff coordinates the review of technical analyses and supplementation of supporting documentation during the technical review phase.
The USACE Projects Program commitment to fund the project will occur through various partnership agreements with the Corps in conjunction with associated sub-agreements with the local sponsor(s). Local sponsor(s) and the CVFPB must enter into the sub-agreements before any commitment can be made by the CVFPB.
Compliance and Reporting
Partnership agreements that are entered into by the CVFPB, through the Flood Projects Office, and among the Corps and local sponsor(s) include provisions that project partners must adhere to required accounting and reporting measures. Quality control to assure the contract documents are being adhered to is performed by the Corps inspectors and 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 Corps contract documents.
The Department has organized a FloodSAFE Program Management Office to document policies and procedures for bond accountability. Once completed, the projects are turned over by the Corps to the State via an Operation and Maintenance Manual (O&MM), which is then turned over to local maintaining agencies to be maintained as part of the flood control system maintenance stipulated in Section 8361 of the Water Code.