CVFPB Approves 26 Delta Levee Subventions Agreements

Twenty-Six Delta Levee Subventions Program Agreements have been signed by CVFPB Executive Officer Leslie Gallagher this month. Every year CVFPB reviews, approves, and enters into an agreement with local agencies for funding of this critical maintenance grants program authorized by the California legislature in 1973. More than 60 reclamation districts in the Delta and Suisun Marsh maintain, plan, and complete levee maintenance projects to improve the flood control system and provide protection to public and private investments in the Delta, including water supply, habitat, and wildlife.  The twenty-six agreements recently approved by CVFPB include work at Weber Tract, Twitchell Island, Quimby Island, Bethel Island, Lincoln Village West, McDonald Island, Brack Tract, Hotchkiss Tract, Empire Tract, Staten Island, Upper Jones Tract, King Island, Woodward Island, McCormack-Williamson Tract, Brannan-Andrus Island, Union East Island, Union West Island, Pearson District, Bouldin Island, Byron Tract, Smith Tract, Holland Tract, Webb Tract, Bacon Tract, and Dutch Slough.

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Darren Suen has been selected for the Board’s new Policy Advisor position. He performed this function in Acting capacity for the last year, working to raise awareness about the Board’s role in flood management and to advance flood policies that support public safety and provide benefits to the environment and agriculture communities. Prior, Darren was the Department of Water Resources serving as Program Lead and Policy Advisor for the Assistant Division Chief of the Flood Management Division and the Deputy Director in Flood Operations Center during flood emergencies. Darren has a long career in program management and flood control, working in private, State, and federal agencies. Currently, he also serves as a member of the Elk Grove City Council. Congratulations to Darren!

Michael Wright has been selected to fill the Chief Engineer position beginning April 2, 2019. Michael has been with the Board since 2011. During his tenure, Michael has held multiple supervisory positions, including Enforcement Section Chief, Acting Operations Branch Chief, and Plan Implementation and Compliance Branch Chief. For the past eight months, he has been filling the Chief Engineer role. Congratulations, Michael Wright.