DWR certified the Final Supplemental Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for the 2017 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan

This marks an important milestone in the development and ongoing implementation of flood control planning in the Central Valley. The draft Supplemental PEIR was released for more than a 90-day public review period on December 30th 2016, during this time the Board and DWR hosted 5 public hearings throughout the Central Valley to present the Supplemental PEIR and receive public comments. DWR received approximately 80 comments on the Supplemental PEIR. After reviewing and considering the comments received, DWR approved and certified the Final Supplemental PEIR on August 4th 2017. DWR staff has worked diligently with stakeholders, resource agencies, Tribal governments and members of the public to produce an updated environmental document that analyzes the potential impacts resulting from the system-wide approach to improve integrated flood management in lands protected by the State Plan of Flood Control. The Board commends DWR staff for their hard work and continuing collaboration with our partners who are committed to reducing flood risk while promoting societal values like ecosystem uplift, recreational opportunities and agricultural sustainability in the Central Valley.

The Final Supplemental PEIR and associated documents can be viewed here: http://cvfpb.ca.gov/cvfpp/


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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.