The Delta Levees System Integrity Program receives funding from both Proposition 1E and Proposition 84. The program is a continuation of the original `Way Bill` Delta Levee Subventions program enacted in 1973 that was later revised in 1988 to become the Delta Flood Protection Program. Through updated legislation in 1996 and implementation as a CALFED program in 2000, the program evolved to implement the goals of the CALFED Levee System Integrity Program (LSIP).
This local assistance program appropriates funding to local reclamation districts in the Sacramento--San Joaquin Delta to maintain and improve levees. The program consists of two major sub-components, both administered by the Department of Water Resources (DWR): the Delta Levees Subventions Program and the Special Projects Program. The Delta Levees Subventions Program is administered by DWR for the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, formerly known as the Reclamation Board, and offers an annual grant of funds to Delta districts for levee maintenance and improvements. The Special Projects Program implements local assistance to districts that protect water conveyance and water quality in the western Delta and designated areas of the Suisun Marsh, and funds habitat improvement projects to help meet mitigation and enhancement requirements associated with the enabling legislation.
The bond expenditure criteria for the Delta Levees Subventions Program were established through long-standing procedures developed and updated by DWR under the approval of the former Reclamation Board. Bond expenditures in the near term will continue to be made in a manner consistent with Water Codes Sections 12300-318 and 12980-995 and the CALFED LSIP goals and objectives. Most Special Projects’ resources will be spent on the eight western Delta Islands, and to protect Walnut Grove and Thornton to meet directives originally set by the Water Commission. It is anticipated that new direction and goals may be developed based on the findings of the Delta Risk Management Strategy (DRMS), which was completed in 2008.