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What is the Delta Levees Maintenance Subventions Program?

The Delta Levees Maintenance Subventions Program provides funding on a cost share basis to local levee maintaining agencies for rehabilitation and maintenance of levees in the Delta. The program is authorized by the California Water Code to fund levee work with the purpose of preserving the Delta's invaluable resources including highly productive agriculture, recreational assets, fisheries, and wildlife. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) periodically develops program criteria that are adopted by the Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB, formerly known as the Reclamation Board).

What is the program doing in the Delta right now?
Announcement!Revised 2016 Maintenance Subventions Guidelines (PDF, 1.2 MB) were adopted by the Central Valley Flood Protection Board in August. These guidelines apply for Subventions applications starting in 2017. Applications for 2016 and prior are guided by the 2011 Guidelines, Procedures, and Criteria (PDF, 9 MB).
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Program Expenditures to Date
(Delta Stewardship Council 2015)

Program participants apply for funding annually to assist with levee work that meets DWR's goals and objectives for the Delta, which are guided by the California Water Action Plan and the Delta Plan. The CVFPB reviews and approves DWR's funding recommendations and enters into agreements with local agencies each year to reimburse eligible costs. The program periodically publishes a List of Active Islands (PDF, 87 KB).

When did the program start?

The Delta Levees Maintenance Subventions program was originally authorized in 1973. The passage of the Disaster Preparedness and Flood Prevention Bond Act of 2006(Proposition 1E) and the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control,River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 84) authorized DWR to make additional funds available for the program. Since the passage of Proposition 1E and Proposition 84, the State has invested approximately $200 million in flood control and habitat projects carried out by local agencies in the Delta under the program.

Who can participate in the program?

Levee Maintaining Agencies (LMAs), Reclamation Districts (RDs) and other government agencies responsible for maintaining levees in the Delta may apply for program funding. For more information, contact Sandi Maxwell at (916) 480-5378 (Sandi.Maxwell@water.ca.gov) or Andrea Lobato at (916) 480-5367 (Andrea.Lobato@water.ca.gov)