The Department of Water Resources is the lead State agency for flood emergency response, including flood fight assistance, in California. The Flood Operations Center (FOC) serves as the Department’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and leads the flood emergency operations response. While the California Emergency Services Act reaffirms the authority of the Governor’s California Emergency Management Agency to “coordinate and supervise State action upon a declaration of a State emergency,” California Water Code Section 128(a) describes the Department’s separate, permissive authority.
The California Emergency Services Act, specifically Government Code Section 8607, provides the Department with broad authority to fully participate in all aspects of emergency response within the Standardized Emergency Management System structure.
The Hydrology and Flood Operations Office has developed the following two projects under the Flood Emergency Response Program (an element of the FloodSAFE Program):
· Updated Hydrology with Climate Change and System Re-Operation
· Delta Flood Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
Strategic Work Plan
The Department has prepared a strategic plan for implementation of the Flood Emergency Response Program. Projects were selected based on the needs identified in the Strategic Plan. The Strategic Work Plan includes the scope, budget, and schedule for completion of each project. In addition, a detailed Project Management Plan has also been prepared for the Delta Flood Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Project. The Strategic Work Plan outlines “Performance Measures” and defines specific deliverables as well as Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant Time-bound (SMART) objectives for each project. The needs for the projects, scope of work, and a capital outlay plan have been, or will be, submitted through a Budget Change Proposal to the Governor’s Office and the Legislature for review and approval.
The objective of the Updated Hydrology with Climate Change and System Re-Operation project is to update the hydrology of the Central Valley streams and to evaluate climate change and its impact on hydrology.
The Updated Hydrology with Climate Change Project was developed by an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps. The scope of work, schedule, and the budget for the project have been negotiated, agreed upon, and codified through the cooperative agreement. The project’s progress will be monitored by Department staff on a regular basis.
The objectives of the Delta Flood Preparedness, Response, and Recovery project include:
· Protecting lives, property, and infrastructure critical to the Delta and the State’s economy
· Protecting water quality and restoration of the water supply for Delta water users and water export operations
· Minimizing the implementation impact of emergency preparedness, response, and recovery measures on environmental resources
· Integrating the Department’s flood emergency response with the local agencies’ emergency operation plans in the Delta
The Delta Flood Preparedness, Response, and Recovery project will be implemented in collaboration with local emergency responders in the Delta, the Governor’s California Emergency Management Agency, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Department has prepared a detailed “Management Plan” for the project that clearly defines the roles and responsibilities of all parties and a detailed project scope of work, schedule, and budget. A “Working Group” has been established to guide the implementation of the project and is composed of the staff from the following agencies:
· Department Delta program managers
· Governor’s California Emergency Management Agency representatives
· Five-County Emergency Response representatives (Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, and Yolo)
· U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
· Local Maintaining Agency representatives
A process is also being developed to ensure the public, Delta water users, and other state and local agencies provide input into the project implementation. Extensive working group meetings will be scheduled throughout implementation of the projects to ensure stakeholder’s input is sought.
The Strategic Work Plan outlines performance measures and defines specific deliverables and SMART objectives. Quarterly review of work in progress will include review of the work performed to ensure project implementation outcome is consistent with the defined performance standards established for the project.
Compliance and Reporting
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