Central Valley Flood Protection Board

The Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB) is the State regulatory agency responsible for ensuring that appropriate standards are met for the construction, maintenance, and protection of the flood control system that protects life, property, and wildlife habitat in California’s vast and diverse Central Valley from the devastating effects of flooding. CVFPB issues encroachment permits and works with other agencies to improve the flood protection structures, enforces removal of problematic encroachments, and keeps watch over the Central Valley’s continually improving flood management system.


 

2023 PUBLIC HOURS AND MEETING SCHEDULE

In accordance with the Governor’s order, the Board will continue to host hybrid meetings and workshops through 2023.  Locations and access information for future meetings will be posted on our homepage and updated as needed.

For public drop off of physical documents, including applications and fees, we can be contacted by phone or email as noted below to schedule a drop off.

  • With our new hybrid teleworking environment, most staff are only at our office location on Tuesdays each week. Administrative staff are available at the front desk Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. Appointments are required to meet with staff or receive in-person assistance at the front desk.  If you are currently working with a staff member on an item, please continue to contact that staff member.  If you need general information, please contact the general mailbox at Questions@CVFlood.ca.gov.

  • We will be prioritizing permits based upon health and safety factors, including the availability of staff and partners, and application processing times may be extended during this period.  Please bear with us as we work through this new system.

  • Past recordings of Board meetings and workshops can be found on the CVFPB YouTube Channel

Jane Dolan
Board President

 

NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

Weirs on the Sacramento River: 100 Years of Flood Control

From CA Dept. of Water Resources – Set into the banks of the Sacramento River as it winds its way south from its Mount Shasta headwaters are six large concrete structures which, despite their size, go largely unnoticed until the rains come and the river rises, threatening floods. Then they get to work, channeling the deluge into bypasses and basins, and away from the levees and bridges of Sacramento and other downstream communities.  These unobtrusive structures, called weirs, are distributed along a 95-mile stretch of the river from Butte City to North Sacramento, acting as silent sentinels protecting millions of Californians from flooding. “This system of weirs and bypasses is the backbone of the Sacramento River Flood Control Project,” said Manager of DWR’s Division of Flood Management Jeremy Arrich. “When these weirs are flowing, they’re taking pressure off the main stem levees and moving that water into the bypass system to flow safely downstream.” (more)

California’s Reservoirs Compared After Winter Storm Suddenly Changes Levels

From Newsweek90 – Nearly all of California’s major reservoirs saw water level changes after back-to-back atmospheric rivers brought a deluge of rain throughout the state.

After years of drought, several reservoirs in California reached concerningly low water levels in the summer of 2022. However, an abnormally wet winter last year alleviated much of the state’s drought and replenished the lakes. For example, Lake Shasta, the state’s largest reservoir, neared capacity last year. Despite the improvement, many reservoirs still need some recovery, and a slew of atmospheric rivers battering California over the past week have improved water levels across the state. According to data from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), water levels improved at all of the state’s major reservoirs except for Diamond Valley Lake, which remained stable at 93 percent of its capacity. (more)

California Faces Renewed Flooding Risk as More Atmospheric River Storms Loom this Week

From FOX Weather – California will remain on a break from the weather through the workweek, but a pair of storms is lining up once again to push through the Golden State starting this weekend and possibly lingering into next week. California finally gets a period of sunny weather to wring out and clean up from record rainfall and deadly storms last week, long-range weather forecasts show a renewed flooding threat as the weather pattern reverts later this week. California will remain on a break from the weather through the workweek except for a little rain in the San Francisco Bay Area from Wednesday into Thursday. But a pair of storms is lining up once again to push through the Golden State starting this weekend and possibly lingering into next week. Each storm could bring heavy rain and high winds to California, with heavy snow at higher elevations starting as early as Saturday and lasting well into next week. (more)

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Congratulations

Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB) and Department of Water Resources (DWR) Receive Floodplain Management Association’s (FMA) Integrated Flood Management Award

This award is given to individuals or project teams who have prepared and/or implemented a locally-approved, state-approved, or federally-approved multi-objective flood management plan. Candidate projects should demonstrate innovative advancements in water management as well as collaborative partnerships with community groups and the general public. Project outcomes should benefit many stakeholder interests such as environmental, flood control, recreational, and emergency planning and responsiveness.

“The Central Valley Flood Protection Board and DWR are proud to receive the Floodplain Management Association’s Integrated Flood Management Award for the 2022 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP) Update.” The CVFPP Update was recognized for a robust, multi-year communication and engagement process involving state, federal, Tribal, regional, and local partners. DWR, with CVFPB input, incorporated the newest information, updated science, and innovative tools to develop priorities for improving flood risk management in the Central Valley. CVFPB officially approved the Update on December 16, 2022. Learn more about the CVFPP here. Congratulations to both agencies!