Throughout the Central Valley, levees provide essential protection for both urban and rural lands,
preventing possible catastrophic flooding and loss of life. This site provides a wide range of
information on California's levee system and the efforts the State is undertaking to evaluate the
stability of the system and implement critically needed repairs designed to protect our communities,
farmlands, and infrastructure.
On February 24, 2006, following sustained heavy rainfall and runoff, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
declared a State of Emergency for California's levee system, commissioning up to $500 million of state
funds (AB142) to repair and evaluate State/federal project levees. This declaration was a necessary
step in preventing possible catastrophic consequences of hurricane Katrina-like proportion.
Following the emergency declaration, Governor Schwarzenegger directed the California Department of
Water Resources (DWR) to secure the necessary means to fast-track repairs of critical erosion sites.
In addition, California's lengthy environmental permitting process was streamlined without compromising
the protection of the important aquatic and terrestrial species inhabiting the river's ecosystem.
Repairs to State/Federal project levees are being conducted under the Levee Repairs Program funded
by Section 821 of the Disaster Preparedness and Flood Prevention Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 1E).
To date, nearly 300 levee repair sites have been identified, with more than 100 of the most critical
sites having already been completed with AB142 funds. Repairs to others are either in progress or
scheduled to be completed in the near future, and still more repair sites are in the process of being
identified, planned, and prioritized. You may view the specific repair programs and sites identified in
your county at the Repair Projects section of this website.
Please browse this website via the links at left to learn more about the history of the levee
system, the various levee repair sites (listed by county), and the ongoing levee evaluation efforts
to help ensure long-term flood protection.