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.



CVFPB 1/25/2020 Board Meeting: Informational Briefing on the 200-Year Goldfields Levee Project

New Feature: Upcoming Board Meeting Informational Briefing.

Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority (TRLIA) is seeking an encroachment permit at the February Board Meeting for the proposed 200-Year Goldfields Levee Project . TRLIA will provide an informational briefing on the proposed project, which primarily consists of an approximately 2.6-mile levee extension starting at the upstream terminus of the existing Yuba River South Levee, loosely bounded by the Yuba Goldfields to the north, Hammonton-Smartville Road to the south, Apex Lane to the west, and Hammonton Road to the east. The new levee will extend the current federal levee system to high ground. Construction is scheduled to begin in Spring 2020. http://www.trlia.org/Goldfields%20200-Year%20Final%20SEIR.pdf

Nearly 500,000 Sacramento-area residents will be safer because of this Folsom Dam upgrade

From The Sacramento BEE – At the ripe old age of 64, Folsom Dam is about to hit a growth spurt. Federal crews have begun a five-year effort to raise the height of the dam by 3.5 feet to increase flood protection for 440,000 downstream residents in metropolitan Sacramento, including areas of Arden-Arcade, Rosemont and many areas in the city of Sacramento as far south as the Pocket area and north to upper Natomas.

The Sacramento region, much of built on low-lying land at the confluence of two major rivers, is considered one of the highest urban flood-risk areas in the country. (more)

When Sacramento became ‘Levee City’ | Marking the 170-year anniversary of the flood that started it all

From ABC10 – The river barreled over, sinking the streets of Sacramento in 6-feet of water. It was streaming fast, flooding the hotels and houses of Gold Rush migrants hoping to find fortune in the bountiful land of California. “This will be a day never to be forgotten by the residents of Sacramento City as a day that awoke their fears for the safety of their city against the dangers of a flood long since prophesied,” a horrified witness described to The Daily Alta California as he watched his city ripped apart in 1850. After 170 years, Sacramento is still seeing the effects of The Great Flood. You may not have known it ever occurred or the damage that was done, and yet, it marked the beginning of a legacy that Sacramentans would recognize immediately: Hundreds and hundreds of levees. (more)

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Photo portrait of Yiguo Liang, CVFPB Operations Branch ChiefMeet Yiguo Liang, our new Operations Branch Chief. Yiguo comes to us from DWR’s Division of Flood Management where he worked as the Chief of the Hydrology and Hydraulic Section leading the technical evaluations in support of the 2017 CVFPP Update. Prior to that, also at the Division of Flood Management, Yiguo led the Central Valley Floodplain Evaluation and Delineations Program. Yiguo has over 17 years of experience working in the water resource industry and spent years working for the China Meteorological Administration in Beijing, China. Welcome, Yiguo!