What is the CVFPP?
The Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP) is a strategic, long- range plan for improving flood risk management in the Central Valley. This plan has guided the state’s participation in managing flood risk in areas protected by the State Plan of flood Control (SPFC) since the plan’s adoption pursuant to the Central Valley Flood Protection Act of 2008. The CVFPP was prepared by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and adopted by the Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB) in 2012. The CVFPP is updated every 5 years, beginning in 2017.
The residual flood risk in the Central Valley is among the highest in the country, the most recent major floods occurred in 1986 and 1997 which, together, caused over $1 billion in damages. The original purpose of the Central Valley flood management system was to reduce seasonal flooding on rural-agricultural lands to support AG development while maintaining navigable channels. It was not designed to provide a high level of protection to the urban areas that have since developed over time.
Why is the CVFPP 2017 Update Important?
The 2017 draft of the CVFPP updates and refines the overall near- and long-term investment needs established in the 2012 CVFPP, and includes recommendations on policies and funding to support comprehensive flood risk management actions. The planning efforts supporting the Draft 2017 CVFPP Update were developed in close coordination with State, federal, and regional partners, and were informed by a multi-year stakeholder engagement process initiated in 2012.
We here at the Sacramento River Preservation Trust have been working with our environmental and planning stakeholder partners to ensure that the great work represented in the Conservation Strategy prepared by the FESRO department within the Department of Water Resources is included in this update to the CVFPP. Taking a multi-benefit approach to flood management helps ensure we receive the max benefit from dollars spent on flood projects while also encouraging species benefits and habitat recovery within riparian zones.
An electronic version of the Draft 2017 CVFPP Update and supporting documents and materials are available at http://www.water.ca.gov/cvfmp/
More about the Conservation Strategy:
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is committed to following scientifically-recognized best practices as it works on the 2017 update; that includes a Conservation Strategy that provides a comprehensive, long term approach to improving river habitats and floodplains as part of an integrated flood management plan. The Conservation Strategy is an important component of the 2017 update. It is an informational document that identifies specific tools and approaches to restore natural areas to benefit fish and wildlife as part of a sustainable flood management plan. Taking an integrated approach increases public benefits for every dollar spent.
To learn more visit the DWR website at: http://www.water.ca.gov/conservationstrategy/
How to Submit Comments
The Draft 2017 CVFPP Update is available for a public review period that will conclude on March 31, 2017. During this time, the CVFPB will host a series of informational public hearings to collect comments on the draft plan. Comments on the Draft 2017 CVFPP Update should be provided no later than March 31, 2017, and can be submitted in any of the following ways:
Via Email: Submit comments to: http://CVFPP_2017_Comments@water.ca.gov
Postal Mail: California Department of Water Resources Flood Planning Office Attention: Michelle Ng 3464 El Camino Ave, Suite 200 Sacramento, CA 95821
Public hearings More information about the hearings (including dates and locations) and the Central Valley Flood Protection Board is provided at: http://cvfpb.ca.gov/