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 recent developments regarding COVID-19, we wanted to reach out and provide an update on our public hours and 2020 meeting schedule.

The Central Valley Flood Protection Board is closely monitoring 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.

What is clear is the seriousness of this rapidly spreading virus. Thus, we are taking the following steps:

  • Public Counter Hours are currently suspended until further notice, but the Board remains open for business. We can be contacted by phone or email as noted below.
  • The July 24th, 2020 Board meeting will go on as scheduled, however, the public is requested to attend remotely.  For further details check our July 24th event page. Instructions on how to join the meeting follow:


https://atteetrial1.webex.com/meet/CVFPB | 714244952

To join by phone

+1-669-234-1704 US Toll

Access code: 714 244 952

  • We will make changes to workshops, committee meetings and other programs in April and beyond on an event-by-event basis to ensure the safety and health of our stakeholders, attendees and staff. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this weekend issued guidance to postpone events over the next eight weeks with 50 or more people. Many of our events are below that threshold but we will assess whether to carry out those events as the time gets closer.
  • 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:

  • We expect many of our staff will be 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


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.



Newly Appointed Board Member: Mary Jane Griego


The Central Valley Flood Protection Board is happy to announce its newest Board member, Mary Jane Griego, has been appointed today by Governor Newsom. Griego has been senior district representative in the Office of Congressman John Garamendi and a member of the Board of Directors of the Olivehurst Public Utility District since 2017. She has been owner of Duke’s Diner since 2012. Griego was a member of the Yuba County Board of Supervisors from 2001 to 2017. Welcome, Mary Jane!


USACE Levee Safety Engineering Circular 1165-2-218 Webinar July 8, 2020

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is hosting a webinar on Wednesday July 8, 2020 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, to discuss the Draft Levee Safety Engineer Circular (EC) 1165-2-218. Public comments on the draft EC have been extended until July 27, 2020.

We encourage all flood control agencies to participate on this webinar -see details below on how you can participate.

Information on the Levee Safety Program can be found here: https://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Levee-Safety-Program/

To join the webinar, please see the flyer below.

USACE EC Webinar Info

Millions of Americans think they’re safe from flood waters. They aren’t.

From USA Today Some federal flood maps haven’t been updated in years. This new, nationwide flood risk tool includes projections to 2050. A new, nationwide flood modeling tool released Monday paints a picture of the U.S. as a country woefully underprepared for damaging floods, now and in the future. The federal government’s best efforts to predict where flooding will strike have underestimated the risk to nearly 6 million homes and commercial properties primarily in the nation’s interior, leaving them unprepared for potential devastation, the analysis shows. (more).

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Photo portrait of Brian Johnson, CVFPB Board MemberMeet Brian Johnson, our new Board member. He was appointed to the Central Valley Flood Protection Board by Governor Newsom on January 27, 2020. Brian has been California director at Trout Unlimited since 2011, where he was director of the California water program from 2005 to 2011. He was an associate at Shute, Mihaly & Weingerger LLP from 2000 to 2005, associate director for communications at the Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President from 1993 to 1997, and manager of Energy Star Computers for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation from 1991 to 1993. Johnson earned a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School. Welcome, Brian!