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).

How DWR Research is Improving Forecasting for California’s Variable Climate

From The Department of Water Resources California has the most variable weather conditions in the United States, often varying between extremes such as drought and flood. Our ability to forecast variable weather conditions well in advance is a driving factor in how water managers maximize the benefits and minimize the hazards of each storm. Precipitation variability in California is due to our Mediterranean climate, characterized by long, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. Typically, we rely on five to seven significant storms for the bulk of our annual precipitation. (more)

Sacramento leaders hand Congress $11 billion construction wish list. Here’s What’s on it.

From The Sacramento BEE Glimpsing a silver lining in the coronavirus cloud, Sacramento leaders on Monday handed their Congressional representatives an $11 billion list of ready-to-build infrastructure projects for potential federal funding that would help modernize the region and add thousands of jobs for residents hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The Trump administration and Congress have indicated they may be willing to make good on long-stalled promises to inject trillions of dollars nationally into building roads, rails, water treatment, flood control, improved emergency preparedness, affordable housing and high-speed internet, among other infrastructure. (more).

CVFPB June 26th Board Meeting Informational Briefings:

2022 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan Update

DWR staff will provide an overview of flood risk analyses associated with the CVFPP and proposed update of the flood risk analyses for the 2022 CVFPP Update. (Mary Jimenez, Acting Chief, Systemwide Multi-Benefit Initiatives Branch, Department of Water Resources; Steve Cowdin, Department of Water Resources)

Small Community Flood Risk Reduction Program

DWR staff will provide an update on the Small Community Flood Risk Reduction Program. DWR will be providing approximately $28M of Prop 1E funds to protect over 7,000 residents living in three different small communities influenced by State Plan of Flood Control facilities. This program was initiated by the 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan. In addition to helping to protect these residents from future flooding. (Michael Mierzwa, State Floodplain Manager, Division of Flood Management, Department of Water Resources)  (see Agenda for the Board Meeting)

DWR Submits Delta Conveyance Project Section 404 Permit Application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

From DWR The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has submitted a (revised) Department of the Army permit application pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act (Section 404 permit application) to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to request authorization for the proposed Delta Conveyance Project activities in waters of the United States. Separately, DWR has initiated USACE (and the Central Valley Flood Protection Board) review of the Delta Conveyance Project under Section 14 of the Rivers and Harbor Act, Title 33 United States Code Section 408, as an activity that may affect the Federal-State flood control system. (more).

Reach O Levee Work is Underway

From the San Joaquin River Restoration Program Work has started on the Reach O levee improvements! The project will improve seepage and stability requirements within two miles of Eastside Bypass levees to allow for higher Restoration Flows. Currently, the levee is constructed of sand or gravelly soils of higher permeability which can transmit water via seepage during high-water stages — potentially impacting adjacent lands. The project aims to reduce these impacts by installing cutoff walls to reduce levee seepage and underseepage as well as replacing six aged culverts with concrete reinforced pipe. (more).

ACWA (Association of California Water Agencies) is excited to announce its first virtual conference – Resilience Rising, July 29 – 30!

This one-and-a-half day virtual conference will feature high-quality keynote presentations along with statewide issue forums and other diverse programs discussing the latest developments and insights on the most important issues affecting the water industry.

Featured Keynotes:

  • California Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis
  • Secretary Wade Crowfoot, California Natural Resources Agency
  • Commissioner Brenda Burman, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • Director Karla Nemeth, California Department of Water Resources
  • Joaquin Esquivel, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board

Statewide Issue Forums:

  • Resilience in the Delta
  • Safe Drinking Water for All Californians
  • COVID-19: Financial and Policy Impacts on Public Water Agencies
  • Infrastructure Funding
  • Water Policy Collaboration: Lessons Learned (more).

It’s Snow Joke: Fish Need Snowpack

From Fishbio Warm weather in winter and early spring, as we’ve experienced during the last several years of drought, can cause the stored snowpack to melt earlier than normal. This leads to lower river flows in the late spring and summer months when temperatures peak and the rivers need the cooler runoff. As described in a previous FISHBIO post (Fish in hot water), fish encounter a variety of problems when water temperatures are too hot, such increased susceptibility to disease and injury, or even dying outright. Chinook salmon are sensitive to temperature, and rely on timely, abundant, and cool water to spawn, rear, and migrate so the amount of water stored as snowpack is extremely important for survival. (more).