New flood plan would reduce risks for Valley

“The Central Valley Flood Protection Board adopted the 2017 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan Update (CVFPP) on Friday, seeking to reduce the risks that floods pose to the public by repairing existing flood protection facilities instead of building higher levees.  The plan will also expand floodways, floodplains and bypasses to give floods and rivers more room, which can have a host of potential benefits, as Director of Conservation for California Flood Management at American Rivers John Cain stated in a press release. … ”  Read more from the Lodi News-Sentinel here:  New flood plan would reduce risks for Valley

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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.