April 2017 – Notice of Public Hearing on Santa Clara River Flood Protection Project Funding from the California Department of Water Resources' Flood Corridor Program
The State of California, Department of Water Resources (DWR) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) invite comments from the public on a request from TNC to DWR to provide grant funding for TNC’s Santa Clara River Flood Protection Project on private property located at 8496 Bristol Road, adjacent to the City of Ventura and within Ventura County, along the Santa Clara River. The proposed project will protect and improve a flood protection corridor by acquiring interests in real property (APN’s 130-0-060-055 & 129-0-011-015) from willing sellers to protect and enhance the lower Santa Clara River floodplain. The objective is to acquire key properties within the 100-year floodplain, protecting productive agricultural land, riparian habitat and riverbed, and to provide natural flood control in the most restricted reach of the river.
A public hearing has been scheduled for
May 2, 2017 at 3:00 pm
The Nature Conservancy’s Ventura Office,
532 E. Main St.,
Ventura, California, 93001.
All interested persons are invited to attend the hearing and express their views. Public input is solicited on whether the project should be funded, and, if so, whether there are conditions that should be included in the funding agreement.
For questions or information regarding this project, please call The Nature Conservancy, E.J. Remson at (626) 799-2445; or Patrick Luzuriaga, DWR, at (916) 574-0932. Information about the funding source, DWR’s Flood Protection Corridor Program, is available on this website.
The Flood Protection Corridor Program (FPCP) was established when California voters passed Proposition 13, the "Safe Drinking Water, Clean Water, Watershed Protection, and Flood Protection Act" in March of 2000. This proposition provided funding for nonstructural flood management projects that include wildlife habitat enhancement and/or agricultural land preservation. This funding was first made available for direct expenditure projects during the fiscal year of 2001-2002, followed by a competitive solicitation for grant-funded project proposals in fiscal year 2002-2003.
Proposition 84, The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality & Supply, Flood Control, River & Coastal Bond Act of 2006, provides renewed funding for the Flood Protection Corridor Program. Proposition 84 provides the sum of $40 million be made available to continue the Flood Protection Corridor Program (Chapter 3, 75032.5).
Proposition 1E the Disaster Preparedness and Flood Prevention Bond Act of 2006 (Section 5096.800 of Chapter 1.699 of Division 5 of the Public Resources Code) provides $38 million additional funds for the Program's regular activities as well as funding for constructing new levees necessary for the establishment of a flood protection corridor or bypass and relocating or flood proofing structures necessary for the establishment of a flood protection corridor.
The mission of the Flood Protection Corridor Program is to fund primarily nonstructural flood management solutions through direct expenditures and grants to local public agencies and nonprofit organizations. Funding under this Program is intended to be used for acquisition, restoration, enhancement and protection of real property while preserving sustainable agriculture and enhancing wildlife habitat in and near flood corridors throughout the state.
The Department, in its' implementation of the Program established by voter approved Proposition 13, seeks to avoid future flood damage and correct existing problems by restoring natural fluvial and related biological processes in flood corridors by acquiring, through easement or fee title, rights to real property that is subject to periodic damaging flood flows.
Expected Benefits of the Program
By acquiring agricultural conservation, wildlife habitat preservation, and flood flow easements, and by restoring floodplain functions, floodwaters can safely spread over and, in some cases, move more quickly through floodplains or be detained for later release. Depending on the circumstances of the location and the design of the project, these efforts can reduce peak flows upstream and downstream, allowing, in some cases, sediments to be trapped by the restored riparian vegetation. Other anticipated benefits include enhanced wetland development, water table recharge, wildlife habitat enhancement, and the acquisition from willing sellers of sites that cannot be made safe from future flooding.
For more information please see below or contact Patrick Luzuriaga at (916) 574-0932 or by email at Patrick.Luzuriaga@water.ca.gov. Also to receive updates about the Flood Corridor Program, please send an email to FloodSAFE@water.ca.gov. This subscription also provides information about other flood management programs and funding opportunities from the Department of Water Resources.