CVFPB to Adopt the 2017 Update to the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan at Board Meeting on August 25th

Legislation in 2008 required the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to prepare a flood protection plan, the first comprehensive flood plan for the Central Valley in 100 years, and for the Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB) to hold public hearings, review, and adopt the plan in 2012. The Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP), a strategic and long-range plan for improving flood risk management in the Central Valley, was adopted by the Board in June 2012.

The 2008 legislation also requires DWR to update the CVFPP every 5 years to incorporate new information about flood management needs, advancements in the best available science, and new policy considerations.

Consistent with Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s California Water Action Plan, the 2017 CVFPP Update also emphasizes the need for long-term multi-benefit projects, rather than single-purpose flood management projects.

The 2017 CVFPP Update is a more refined and specific plan that builds on the 2012 plan and continues to move forward with full stakeholder support.

Development of the 2017 plan was a cooperative effort, joined together by engineering, scientific and planning experts, our counterparts in local, state and federal agencies, and a robust network of stakeholders, whom all contributed to this important effort.

The Central Valley Flood Protection Board would also like to thank our partners at the Natural Resources Agency, Department of Water Resources management, California and federal legislators, and other involved stakeholders for their participation and support, and hope you will provide comments, in writing, that we may publicize and attach to the records of this plan for posterity. Please send those comments to

We invite our partners, stakeholders, and colleagues to join us at this event to show support and promote cooperation for public safety and comprehensive flood risk management actions, ecosystem uplift, agricultural sustainability, and public resource goals in the Central Valley.

The Board meeting will be held on Friday, August 25, 2017, beginning at 9 a.m. at Sacramento City Hall First Floor Council Chambers. A link to the Board Meeting agenda is below, and we hope you’ll join us. The Board Meeting and adoption will also be webcast (see agenda for link to webcast).

If you need further assistance, or have questions, please contact the CVFPB at (916) 574-0609.

Thank you,
The Central Valley Flood Protection Board

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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.