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.

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Title 23 Update – Article 8, Standards

  • The Board has released the final draft of the updated Title 23, Division 1, Article 8, Standards. This draft is a revision of the last draft circulated in the fall of 2015 and is limited to the Article 8, Standards, associated figures, and the definitions found in Article 2 that are affected by the technical revisions. Also, Board Staff’s responses to the comments received in the fall of 2015 are contained within the linked document. Because this update is limited to the Title 23, Article 8 Standards, the responses to comments are limited to those revisions. Please submit any comments to the updated Article 8, Standards to Board Counsel at Jit.Dua@CVFlood.ca.gov by the close of business March 25, 2019.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – Permit and Inspection Fees



New Drainage System Solves Flooding Issues In Acampo

From ABC10How it works is rainwater is collected in drains alongside Acampo Road through the heart of town. More than 5,000 feet of underground pipe feeds the water into giant underground storage sump pump facility next to the Highway 99 frontage Road north of Heritage Road.  If necessary, the water is then released into an existing concrete ditch that parallels the frontage road. The hope down the road is to capture and save the water. The project was paid in full with local road district funds and federal grant money. It’s been so successful, it’s actually award-winning. Just last year, it won Project of the Year from the American Public Works Association in the Environment – Flood Control Category. (more)

Drones, Supercomputers And Sonar Deployed Against Floods

From SFGate An arsenal of new technology is being put to the test fighting floods this year as rivers inundate towns and farm fields across the central United States. Drones, supercomputers and sonar that scans deep under water are helping to maintain flood control projects and predict just where rivers will roar out of their banks. Together, these tools are putting detailed information to use in real time, enabling emergency managers and people at risk to make decisions that can save lives and property, said Kristie Franz, associate professor of geological and atmospheric sciences at Iowa State University. (more)

State Senate Confirms Wade Crowfoot as California Secretary for Natural Resources

From The Natural Resources Agency The State Senate today confirmed Wade Crowfoot as California Secretary for Natural Resources in a bipartisan vote of 38-0. “I’m honored to lead the Natural Resources Agency at this important time,” Crowfoot said. “I’m excited to work with my colleagues within the Agency and across the Newsom Administration to manage our resources in a way that allows communities and natural places to thrive, builds our state’s resilience to the challenges of climate change, and strengthens the connection between Californians and nature.” Crowfoot oversees an agency of 19,000 employees charged with protecting and managing California’s diverse resources. This includes stewarding the state’s forests and natural lands, rivers and waterways, coast and ocean, fish and wildlife, and energy development. As a member of the Governor Gavin Newsom’s cabinet, he advises the Governor on natural resources and environmental issues. (more)

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