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The Department of Water Resources implements grant programs for local governments and flood management agencies to reduce the risk of flooding in California. These programs provide funding for flood management projects, emergency preparedness, and feasibility studies. An overview (PDF: 2.6 MB) provides information about the various flood risk reduction programs (including financial assistance), funding sources, and number of projects implemented.

Financial Assistance Programs

The Department implements the following financial assistance programs for flood-related projects. More information is available on the program websites, which are linked to each program's name.

Program Descriptions

The Delta Levees Maintenance Subventions Program is a cost share program that provides technical and financial assistance to local levee maintaining agencies in the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta for the maintenance and rehabilitation of non-project and eligible project levees.

The Delta Levees Special Flood Control Projects provides financial assistance to local levee maintaining agencies for rehabilitation of levees in the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta.

The Flood Control Subventions Program provides financial assistance to local agencies cooperating in federally-authorized flood control projects and Watershed Protection Flood Prevention Projects that are not part of the State Plan of Flood Control.

The Flood Corridor Program provides funding for non-structural flood management projects that enable waterways to function more naturally and include wildlife habitat enhancement and agricultural land preservation in addition to flood elements.

The Flood Emergency Response Program improves local flood emergency response in California and increases public safety.

The Local Levee Assistance Program funds inspections and evaluations of existing flood control facilities; and improvements, construction, modifications, repairs and relocation of flood control levees, weirs, or bypasses that are not part of the State Plan of Flood Control or Legal Delta.

The Small Community Flood Risk Reduction Program is a cost-share grant program to help small communities that are protected by the State Plan of Flood Control achieve 100-year (FEMA Standard) flood protection. Initially, funding is being provided to study the feasibility of flood risk reduction projects.

The Urban Flood Risk Reduction Program funds levee repair projects and levee improvement projects to achieve 200-year flood protection for urban areas that are protected by State Plan of Flood Control facilities.

The Yuba Feather Flood Protection Program provides financial assistance to local agencies for flood risk reduction projects within the Yuba-Feather River System and its tributaries or the Colusa Basin.