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.



In light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to reach out and provide an update on our public hours and 2021 meeting schedule.

The Central Valley Flood Protection Board is closely monitoring the continued COVID-19 developments, which have created uncertainty for us all. Just like every organization, we are unsure how this will play out, for how long, and how it will affect our upcoming meetings.

In order to protect our employees and the public while still providing essential services, as of February 1, 2021 we are taking the following steps:

  • Public Counter Hours are currently limited until further notice, but the Board remains open for business. Administrative staff will be in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We ask that members of the public please be sure to coordinate with our staff to deliver any physical applications they have on these days. We can be contacted by phone or email as noted below.
  • The June 24, 2021 Executive Committee meeting will go on as scheduled, however, the public is requested to attend remotely.  For further details check our June 24th event page. Instructions on how to join the Meeting are below. (June 24, 2021 Executive Committee meeting Agenda)
  • Past recordings can be viewed on the CVFPB YouTube Channel
  • Background for agenda items is available electronically. Please email the Clerk at Ryan.Jones@CVFlood.ca.gov to request an electronic copy of any agenda item.


Log In Info Below:

CVFPB Meeting Room
https://cadwr.webex.com/meet/CVFPB | 1328038260

Join by phone
1-844-517-1271 US Toll Free
Access code: 132 803 8260

  • We will continue to host our Board meetings, workshops, committee meetings and other programs through WebEx on an event-by-event basis to ensure the safety and health of our stakeholders, attendees and staff. Please check our website for periodic updates; we will be updating events as we confirm next steps around postponement or cancellation based on public health guidelines.

In addition:

  • Office hours are limited as most of our staff is working remotely to do our part to stem the virus’ progression. Thus, emailing us rather than calling our office with your questions is the best way to reach us. If you are currently working with a staff member on an item, please continue to contact that staff member.  If you need general information, please contact the general mailbox at Questions@CVFlood.ca.gov.
  • We will be prioritizing permits based upon health and safety factors, including the availability of staff and partners, and application processing times may be extended during this period.  Please bear with us as we work through this new system.

We appreciate your understanding during this situation.

We’re all in this together! Stay healthy and we’ll keep in touch with updates as we have them.

Leslie Gallagher
Executive Officer



Can We Save the San Joaquin’s Salmon?

From The Sierra Club magazine – The upstream effort to restore a river and its fish. In 1988, environmental groups including the National Resources Defense Council, the Bay Institute, and the Sierra Club used a statute in the California Fish and Game Code to argue that the US Bureau of Reclamation had failed in its duty to maintain flows below Friant Dam to support Chinook salmon. In 2006, a landmark settlement was reached, allocating nearly $900 million to repair 150 miles of river below the dam and to reestablish a self-sustaining population of Chinook salmon. (more)

The critical role of the Yolo Bypass and its tributaries

From mavensnotebook.com – The Yolo Bypass, a remnant of the historical floodplain that existed here historically, plays an essential role in flood management.  The Sacramento River flows in from the north, the American River flows in from the east, and the Yolo Bypass is the flood overflow basin for the system. The Fremont Weir, at the top of the Yolo Bypass, essentially acts as a low head dam or a berm; when the flow of the Sacramento River reaches a certain point, the water spills out over the weir and onto the vast floodplains of the Yolo Bypass.  The Sacramento Weir, located further downstream by Sacramento, is used only in the highest flow years as a flood outlet valve.  The floodwaters in the Bypass eventually drain back into the system near Rio Vista. (more)

Bay Delta Science Conference: Bay Delta Hydrology 101

From mavensnotebook.com – At the 2021 Bay-Delta Science Conference, Dr. Ted Sommer, the Lead Scientist for the CA Department of Water Resources, gave a short course on Delta hydrology, noting that hydrology is at the core of a lot of the work on science and management in the Delta and understanding the hydrodynamics in the system is necessary to be effective in the Delta.  This presentation aims to illustrate key points about the Delta, provide an understanding behind some regulatory criteria, and provide a simple conceptual model to help understand the general effects of future management changes. (more)

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Sacramento River East Levee – 2020 Construction Receives American Society of Civil Engineers Outstanding Project of the Year

Aerial Photo of levee systemWith the ongoing efforts of levee improvements along the Sacramento River East Levee (SREL), Contract 1 was recently selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers as the Outstanding Project of the Year! The SREL Contract 1 construction which began in March 2020 and was completed on February 8, 2021, involved 3 miles of levee improvements. Among other project support, Central Valley Flood Protection Board (Board) staff has been working closely with federal and local project partners to address encroachments identified within the project footprint to advance the necessary public safety levee improvement works.

The greater Sacramento area of California, is often considered to be one of the most at-risk regions in America for catastrophic flooding, relying on an aging system of levees, weirs and bypasses, and Folsom Dam to reduce its flood risk. Together, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Board, and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency have made tremendous progress in reducing the flood risk, but more work remains. Through the Bipartisan Budget Act, the USACE has received full upfront funding of $1.56 billion to upgrade and modernize Sacramento's aging flood infrastructure. The authorized work, commonly known as the American River Common Features 2016 Project, includes up to 13 miles of seepage cutoff walls, 21 miles of bank protection, 5 miles of levee stabilization, 5 miles of levee raises, and widening of the Sacramento Weir and Bypass.