The Flood Control
Subventions Program is authorized by the California Water Code, Division 6,
Part 6, Chapters 1 through 4. The
Flood Control Subventions Program provides financial assistance to the
non-federal partners (local agencies) cooperating in the construction of
federally authorized flood control projects located outside of the Central
Valley (facilities considered as non- State Plan of Flood Control). DWR is responsible for administering and disbursing
funds for the Flood Control Subventions Program. There are three types of federally authorized
projects that are eligible for the flood control subventions program funding:
Flood Control Projects (authorized by USACE and Congress)
Flood Control Projects: small USACE projects authorized by Section 205 of
Public Law 80-858 and USACE
Protection Projects : Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) projects,
authorized by the Administrator of the NRCS after the reports are reviewed by
the Agriculture Committees of Congress and by Water Code Section 12868.
The national flood control program was enacted in 1936, which
required nonfederal interests to pay the costs of rights of way and relocations
for channel improvements and levee projects. State law enacted in 1945 provides
for reimbursements to local flood control agencies for all rights of way and relocation costs of channel improvement and levee projects.
In 1973, state statute was changed to one of State-local cost sharing for flood
damage prevention features of channel improvement and levee projects. State
participation in the nonfederal capital costs of recreation and fish and
wildlife enhancement features was also added to the program in 1973. In 1988,
State statute was modified to reflect the 1986 changes in federal policy.
Statutes of 2000 (pursuant to Assembly Bill No.1147) amended the California Water Code to require flood management projects to meet
prescribed requirements prior to state authorization and created a variable
state cost-share percentage, based on multi-purpose objectives for the
projects, ranging from a minimum of 50 percent to a maximum of 70 percent.
Statutes of 2010 (pursuant to Assembly Bill No.1788) amended the process for
determining the percentage of state financial assistance pertaining to
economically disadvantaged areas for the projects.
The cooperating local agency enters into an agreement with the
federal agency constructing the project. The local agency is responsible to the
federal agency for providing the nonfederal share of project costs. If the
local agency complies with the Water Code and guidelines of the Subventions
Program, it can expect reimbursement of the State share of its costs. Any costs
incurred contrary to the Water Code and guidelines must be borne by the local
Additional information on
this program may be found at http://www.fcpsubventions.water.ca.gov/index.cfm."