This is one of the most significant moments in the history of California’s approach to water management and an affirmation of the core values our organization was founded on. The Central Valley Flood Protection Plan Conservation Strategy identifies specific tools and approaches to restore natural areas that benefit fish and wildlife within the larger sustainable flood management plan. THIS IS HUGE!
The Department of Water Resources was directed in 2012, during the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan update of 2012, to begin creating a Conservation Framework that would highlight opportunities where we, as a State, could make the best investments in our conveyance and flood protection systems to increase flood protection. water transportation efficiency, and find specific tools and places to increase benefits to fish and wildlife. This multi-benefit approach to flood protection and conveyance is also referred to as Integrated Resource Management.
The Department of Water Resources FESSRO group is one of the our favorite groups within the agency and worked hard to create very powerful holistic documents that help bring multi-benefit approaches into a place where they can actually be implemented, and one of the best examples is the Conservation Framework. The staff at DWR worked hard taking the framework to the next level and created the Conservation Strategy which was a main source document used to shape the Central Valley Flood Protection plan Update of 2017 and presented it to the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, the members of which are appointed by the governor.
The newest update to the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan is happening now and we have worked diligently with our friends at Trout Unlimited, American Rivers, Friends of the River, and many other partner groups, to assure that the Conservation Strategy, which is the main document that defends and encourages the integrated management approach to flood and transportation management, is included in its entirety as part of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan update this year.
We will update our members and the public once this update is confirmed and we look forward to helping move the best projects forward quickly so we can protect our communities from floods while creating habitat and increasing recreational opportunities.
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