DWR and CVFPB Compile Draft Responses to Public Comments for July 14 CVFPB Workshop

The Department of Water Resources,  in coordination with Central Valley Flood Protection Board staff, has compiled a document with draft responses to public comments on topics to be discussed at the Board’s July 14 workshop for the Draft 2017 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP) Update (PDF: 26 MB).  The workshop will cover comments related to climate change, remaining CVFPP policy recommendations not covered in past Board workshops, and No-Action Context (comments related to describing the potential consequences of inaction or lack of flood investment). The document summarizes the comments received and DWR’s initial recommended responses to them. To view the draft comment responses for the July 14 workshop, please visit:



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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.