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News Archive: 2012

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  • December 10, 2012 - Local Levee Assistance Program – 38 Projects Awarded Funding

  • After careful review of the project applications and consideration of public comments, the Local Levee Assistance Program (LLAP) has released the final list of approved projects. Of the 49 applications submitted during the project solicitation period in 2011, 38 projects have been awarded funding from Proposition 84.

    In November 2006, California voters approved Proposition 84, which is a bond measure intended for a wide variety of uses such as water safety projects. In 2008, the Local Levee Assistance Program (LLAP) solicited for levee project applications and awarded 12 grants.

  • July 5, 2012 through August 3, 2012 – Local Levee Assistance Program – Draft List of Approved Projects – Notice of Public Comment Period

  • The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is pleased to announce the release of the Local Levee Assistance Programs' draft List of Approved Projects. The draft List of Approved Projects was developed from careful review of all project applications received during the 2011 Program Solicitation Period. Applications were reviewed, scored, and ranked as is laid out in the LLAP Program Guidelines, which can be found at the LLAP Website:

    This draft List of Approved Projects is released for public review and comment. The comment period will extend from July 5, 2012 to August 3, 2012. Members of the public are encouraged to submit written or emailed comments to David Wright at or 3464 El Camino Ave, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA, 95821-9000. The Department will consider and incorporate appropriate comments received during this public comment period into a final List of Approved Projects.

  • July 2, 2012 through August 17, 2012 – Invitation for Public Comment and Participation in Workshops on the release of Draft Directed Funding Guidelines for Regional Flood Management Planning

  • The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is soliciting comments on its draft Directed Funding Guidelines for Regional Flood Management Planning. The purpose of these draft guidelines is to establish the process and criteria that DWR will use to award Directed Funds to local agencies within each of the nine (9) flood planning regions and the requirements the local agencies must comply with to obtain state funding for work performed on the Regional Flood Management Plans (RFMP).

    RFMP are the first step in the implementation of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP). Through the regional planning process, FloodSAFE will work with local partners to identify and prioritize proposed flood system improvements with a goal to build upon regional flood risk management information published in the CVFPP and develop more detailed regional information. This process entails a large commitment of time and resources by local agencies. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is offering Directed Funding to these agencies to cost share in their participation in the RFMP process.

    Written comments on the draft Guidelines are due by 5:00 pm on August 17, 2012 and are to be addressed to David Wright at 3464 El Camino Avenue, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95821. Verbal comments can be provided at either of two (2) Public Workshops which have been scheduled as follows:

    • August 8, 1:00pm to 5:00pm, at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, Assembly Room #1, 2101 E. Earhart Avenue, Stockton, California 95206.
    • August 9, 1:00pm to 5:00pm, at the Department of Water Resources Headquarters, Auditorium, 1416 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. This meeting will also provide an internet WebEx Presentation option. To attend this online presentation, please email with your request.

    Please contact David Wright at (916) 574-1191 with any questions or concerns about the draft Guidelines or workshops.

  • June 29, 2012 – Central Valley Flood Protection Board adopts the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan, which Provides a Framework for Flood Risk Reduction

  • Today the Central Valley Flood Protection Board (Board) unanimously adopted the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP), a comprehensive new framework for systemwide flood management and flood risk reduction in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River Basins.

    Today's adoption of the CVFPP, as modified by Board Resolution 2012-25, fulfills a legislative mandate outlined in the Central Valley Flood Protection Act of 2008 to approve the plan by July 1. The CVFPP provides conceptual guidance to reduce the risk of flooding for about one million people and $70 billion in infrastructure, homes and businesses with the goal of providing 200-year (1 chance in 200 of flooding in any year) protection to urban areas and reducing flood risks to small communities and rural agricultural lands.

    "In reviewing and amending this plan, we listened carefully to Valley residents and flood experts, farmers, property owners and local governments, levee districts, scientists and environmentalists," said Board President Bill Edgar. "With their insights, we've adopted a realistic plan that will enhance public safety and provide more ecosystem and habitat protection," he noted. Edgar added that the adopted CVFPP is not just a State government plan, but one which considers the views, goals, and hearts of the people of California living, working and contributing to the quality of life in our Central Valley.

    You can find many of the items related to this historic event--including the final adoption Resolution 2012-25 and the press release--on the Board's website:

    Please contact Jay Punia, Executive Officer, at (916) 574-0609 or Eric Butler, Supervising Engineer, at (916) 574-0707 with any questions or concerns about the Board's adoption of the CVFPP.

  • June 28, 2012 – Draft Proposal Solicitation Package issued under the Central Valley Flood System Conservation Framework

  • The California Department of Water Resources has posted a draft Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) (PDF, 488 KB) for a 30-day public review and comment period. This is the first PSP issued under the Central Valley Flood System Conservation Framework and Strategy Guidelines (PDF, 330 KB). The PSP will provide up to $25 million in Proposition 1E funding for environmental stewardship projects supporting the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan. These include projects that integrate environmental stewardship and sustainability principles into flood management activities such as ecosystem conservation and agricultural stewardship projects for mitigating flood system improvements (including land acquisition, restoration, and habitat enhancement).

    Go to the Floodway Ecosystem Branch's Conservation Strategy page for more information about the solicitation process and schedule.

  • June 4, 2012 – Modified AB 1788 Proposed Regulations and Additions to the Rulemaking File, Notice for a 15 Day Comment Period

  • Department staff has made non-substantive modifications to the Assembly Bill 1788 Proposed Regulations that update existing regulations located in Division 2, Chapter 4.5, Sections 570 – 586 of the California Cod of Regulations. The Department is implementing, interpreting, and making specific Water Code Section 12582.7, 12585.7, and 128585.9. The Regulations encourage local sponsors to meet designated objectives as an opportunity to increase State cost-sharing percentage on flood projects. The goal is to provide regulations that are understandable, equitable and obtainable for the sponsors. Department staff also created an additional document, called the Supplemental Statement of Reasons, in order to provide a more detail explanation of the modifications to the existing regulations. The Supplemental Statement of Reasons has been added to the Rulemaking File. In compliance with the rulemaking procedures in the Administrative Procedure Act (Government Code Section 11340 et seq.), a 15-day opportunity to submit written, faxed, or email comments on the modified text of the regulations or on the documents or information added to the rulemaking record starts on Monday, June 4, 2012 and ends on Friday, June 22, 2012. A link to the Notice of Addition of Documents and Information to Rulemaking File is mailed to those who have asked to be on the agencies notice mailing list, and is also provided below.

    Important Documents:
  • Notice of Addition of Documents and Information to the Rulemaking Record
  • Modified Text of Proposed Regulations
  • Supplemental Statement of Reasons

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