Bond funds have been allocated to fund the development of the Statewide Integrated Flood Management Planning (SFMP) Program. This program will include developing the State’s flood management strategic plan and incorporating integrated flood management into the California Water Plan. It will provide a vision for flood management improvements on a statewide level. SFMP will document existing flood infrastructure programs, historical flood damages and proposed management actions to reduce flood risks for each of the State’s regions. The SFMP work products will be used to guide the State’s flood risk management strategic policies and investment decisions.
A key component of the SFMP will be the development of strategies to address flood risks statewide and document these in a report tentatively titled “FloodFuture: Recommendations for Managing California's Flood Risk" (FloodFuture Report). The FloodFuture Report is anticipated to be completed in 2014, and will include interim reports published in a timeframe consistent with other major Department of Water Resources (DWR) integrated water resources planning documents. The FloodFuture Report will:
· assess and characterize current and expected flood risks throughout California based on the best available information,
· inventory and document major components of existing flood management infrastructure statewide and assess their current level of performance,
· identify and document challenges and opportunities to improve integrated flood management,
· identify, evaluate and recommend promising approaches to managing existing and expected future flood risks by region, and
· develop a strategy to pay for system improvements and continuing operations and maintenance.
Information developed by the SFMP will be incorporated into the California Water Plan Update 2013. General information about the State’s flood program and SFMP can be found on the DWR website.