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Flood System Evaluation and Rehabilitation Program

Administrating Agency: Resources Agency
Bond: Proposition 1E
Department Name: Department of Water Resources
Bond Statute: 5096.821
Implementing Statute:

  • Front-end
  • In-Progress
  • Follow-up

The Flood Maintenance Office (FMO) has integrated the goals of its program with mission and statutory obligations of the Department of Water Resources and the objectives of FloodSAFE Implementation Plan and the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan.  Projects selected for bond funding (as well as those receiving funds from the General Fund) are to be consistent with the FloodSAFE Implementation Plan.  


The FMO maintains portions of the Sacramento River Flood Control Project (Project), which was constructed by the federal government and turned over to the State for operation and maintenance.  The FMO fulfills the assurances provided to the federal government by adequately maintaining the Project.  A Memorandum of Understanding was executed in November, 1953 between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the State of California that describes the State’s responsibility for maintaining the Project features.


Sections 8361 and 12648 of the California Water Code give DWR the authority to maintain the Project.  Project features covered in the authority include river channels, hydraulic control structures, designated levees, and ancillary structures.  (Levees not designated as State responsibility are maintained by local maintaining agencies.)  Bond 1E Chapter 1.699, Article 4, Section 5096.821(a) provides for the use of bond funds for the evaluation, repair, rehabilitation, reconstruction, or replacement of levees, weirs, bypasses, and facilities of the State Plan of Flood Control by repairing erosion sites, removing sediment from channels or bypasses, evaluating and repairing levees and other facilities, and implementing mitigation measures.


Contracts prepared by the FMO describe plans and specifications of the work to be performed.  Inspectors within the department and outside consultants monitor work progress and provide inspection reports to project managers.  These reports are used by the project managers to ensure that the work complies with contract requirements. Once completed, the projects are maintained as part of the flood control system maintenance stipulated in Section 8361 of the Water Code.

Project costs are reviewed prior to award of bond funds to ensure they are eligible costs.  In addition, all contracts for professional services (and their task orders), and all construction contracting performed by the Division of Engineering, are reviewed by the Department of General Services to ensure compliance with State contracting procedures. 


In addition, the Department has organized a FloodSAFE Program Management Office to document policies and procedures for bond accountability.  Project budget and expenditures are tracked and reported to the public via the Department’s bond accountability web site.

Projects selected for funding must conform to the intended use of Proposition 1E and measures must be instituted to ensure that the scope of the project remains within the intended use of the funds.  To that end, the following procedures are in place:


·         A project scope and description is developed at the initiation of the project that is consistent with the intended use of the bonds.  A project cost estimate and schedule is also developed;


·         Monthly briefings are conducted at the Office-level to review progress, which includes project expenditures, accomplishments, changes in scope, and current schedule;


·         Project updates are submitted for inclusion with the quarterly reports that DWR submits on bond expenditures and any changes in scope, cost or schedule are reflected on the website maintained for projects funded by Proposition 1E and 84;


·         Bond funding is requested from the Department of Finance based on quarterly cash flow projections provided by the project manager and compiled within the Department for all programs.


Project managers track project budgets and schedules.  Project managers work with environmental support staff to ensure that the proper environmental permits have been obtained and permit conditions are met, coordinate with staff from the Division of Engineering to make sure the engineering designs meet the needs of the project, work with the Construction Office during project construction to address any issues that arise and also coordinate with the Maintenance Yards that may be impacted during construction, and provide monthly briefings on project status to the Branch and Office Chiefs.  Project managers may also be required to coordinate with other Divisions for legal, right-of-way and environmental support.  Project managers are also responsible for monitoring and approving all funding sources and payments.  Invoices are approved for contractors and sub-contractors only after all requirements are met.


A post-construction report is completed following completion of a construction project.  The report summarizes the activities that took place to achieve the project goals and becomes part of the project close-out report.  The project close-out report includes all the documents referenced in the post-construction report and provides a consistent method to file important project documents following project completion.  For non-construction projects, the final product is reviewed for consistency with Federal, State, and local regulations and ensures the goals of the project are achieved.  A summary of project funding sources, cost centers and internal order numbers used to track expenditures is maintained with the project files.


The following internal audit is conducted with the project close-out:


·         Before the final payment is made, project managers verify the final project complies with all applicable current laws and regulations and submit documents summarizing total project costs and additional funding sources.


·         For construction projects, the final project report submitted upon completion of the project must include photographs of the before-project condition, planning and restoration activities and, if applicable, techniques used to achieve restoration, and post-project completion condition.


·         All projects doing repair work on levees will receive a close-out visit conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and DWR to assure that the project is completed consistent with federal principles and guidelines.


·       ·         All projects funded via the Integrated Regional Water Management Grant program receive a close-out visit conducted by the DWR at the time the project is complete and prior to releasing final grant funds.


        ·         Project managers conduct in-progress and post construction/implementation monitoring and assess project performance.