The purpose of the Central Valley Flood Management Planning (CVFMP) Program is to develop a sustainable, integrated flood management plan for areas protected by facilities of the State-Federal flood protection system in the Central Valley. The key components of this Program are the creation of three planning documents. These documents, the reference statutes and the expected dates of completion are as follows:
1. The State Plan of Flood Control Descriptive Document as defined in Public Resources Code Section 5096.805(j), - November 2010
2. A Flood Control System Status Report for the State Plan of Flood Control required by Water Code Section 9120 – December 2011
3. A Central Valley Flood Protection Plan as defined by the Central Valley Flood Protection Act of 2008 (Water Code Section 9600) – January 2012- The Draft Program Environmental Impact Report for the CVFPP is an EIR prepared on a series of actions that can be characterized as one large project in accordance with CEQA guidelines Section 15168(a) March - 2012
The State Plan of Flood Control Descriptive Document will document and describe existing flood control works, lands, programs, plans, conditions, and mode of maintenance and operations for which the Central Valley Flood Protection Board or Department of Water Resources (DWR) has provided assurances of nonfederal cooperation with the United States.
The Flood Control System Status Report for the State Plan of Flood Control will be based on project levee inspections and the review of available information to ascertain whether there are evident deficiencies. The report will include identification and descriptions of each facility, estimate levee failure risk, discuss inspections and review materials used, and make appropriate recommendations regarding the levees and future work activities.
The Central Valley Flood Protection Plan will be a descriptive document that reflects a system-wide approach to protecting the lands currently protected from flooding by existing facilities of the State Plan of Flood Control. The Central Valley Flood Protection Plan will provide the foundation for future strategic investments in flood infrastructure in the Central Valley and help guide the expenditure of Propositions 84 and 1E funds for Central Valley flood management improvements to reduce flood damages.
The Draft Program Environmental Impact Report describes the potential program level environmental effects and mitigation measures related to components of the CVFPP.
Regional Flood Management Planning is an important first step in refining and implementing the 2012 CVFPP. DWR is launching the Regional Flood Management Planning effort to work with local partners to identify and prioritize proposed flood system improvement projects that reflect the vision of local entities in reducing flood risks in their region. The effort shall yield 9 regional flood management plans that include a prioritized list of projects for each region, along with a financing strategy.
Once each report is finalized and approved, it will be posted on the DWR Web site for public review. Bond expenditures will be reported to the public via the bond accountability website (www.bondaccountability.ca.gov). Proposition 1E and capital outlay expenditures will also be reported quarterly to the legislature as required by Proposition 1E and the Supplement Report of the Budget Act of 2007.
General information about the State’s FloodSAFE Initiative and the Central Valley Flood Management Planning Program can be found at http://www.water.ca.gov/floodsafe/.