Central Valley Flood Protection Board

The Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB) is the State regulatory agency responsible for ensuring that appropriate standards are met for the construction, maintenance, and protection of the flood control system that protects life, property, and wildlife habitat in California’s vast and diverse Central Valley from the devastating effects of flooding. CVFPB issues encroachment permits and works with other agencies to improve the flood protection structures, enforces removal of problematic encroachments, and keeps watch over the Central Valley’s continually improving flood management system.


Upcoming Events


Permit and Inspection Fees Coming July 1, 2019

  • CVFPB will be charging permit and inspection fees for permit applications received after July 1, 2019. Fee information can be found here.



USACE Awards Construction Contract for Folsom Dam Raise Dike 8

From the USACE Sacramento District website The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District awarded a $4.2 million construction contract August 8 to Odin Construction Solutions, Inc., of Rocklin, California, to raise Dike 8 at Folsom Lake by 3.5 feet. The Dike 8 raise is part of the larger Folsom Dam Raise project, which will raise the height of Dikes 1-8, the Left and Right Wing Dams, and the Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam. The dam raise project also includes modifications to the main spillway and emergency spillway gates and piers to prevent water from overtopping the gates during a large flood event. The Folsom Dam Raise project will reduce the flood risk for 440,000 residents and $58 billion of assets in the greater Sacramento metropolitan area by enabling the Bureau of Reclamation to operate the Folsom Dam and its auxiliary spillway with a greater capability to route large flood events. Groundbreaking for the Dike 8 raise, located about 1.5 miles southeast of the main dam adjacent to E. Natoma Street in Folsom, is expected to take place in fall 2019 with construction to be complete in 2020. Built by the Corps of Engineers in 1956, the multipurpose Folsom Dam is operated by the Bureau of Reclamation primarily for flood control but also provides recreation, water supply and power generation benefits.

Dr. Marty Ralph Shares News of Atmospheric Storm Scale with SBC Water Conference Attendees

From California Water News Daily Californians are intimately familiar with the Richter scale, the gauge for measuring an earthquake’s magnitude based on its seismic movement. Additionally, an earthquake early warning system is being refined to provide the rapid detection of earthquakes, real-time assessment of the shaking hazard, and, hopefully, the notification of people prior to the shaking.  But what about the atmospheric storms…(more)

Nutria, Striped Bass Are Topics at August Commission Meeting

From the OakdaleLeader & CA Fish & Wildlife CDFW is seeking a regulatory change from the Commission in order to prevent further spread of this persistent invasive species. In California, nutria pose a significant threat as an agricultural pest, a destroyer of critical wetlands needed by native wildlife, and a public safety risk as their destructive burrowing jeopardizes the state’s water delivery and flood control infrastructure. Nutria cause various kinds of damage through burrowing, intense herbivory, and carrying pathogens and parasites. Nutria do not construct dens, they burrow, frequently causing water-retention or flood control levees to breech, weakening structural foundations, and eroding banks. They can consume up to 25% of their body weight in above- and below-ground vegetation each day, but they waste and destroy up to 10 times as much, causing extensive damage to the native plant community and soil structure, as well as significant losses to nearby agricultural crops. (more). Read more about Nutria: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Invasives/Species/Nutria

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Greg Harvey has been selected as the Board’s Plan Implementation and Compliance Branch Chief, effective July 1, 2019. Greg has over 18 years of experience in the engineering field and has been with the Board since 2017. Since that time, Greg has played an active role in the coordination with key agencies for the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan Update, managed multiple flood system improvement projects, and acted as PIC Branch Supervisor for nine months. Congratulations, Greg!