Comprehensive Central Valley Flood Plan Adopted

A comprehensive flood protection plan for the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins was adopted today in Sacramento after six months of public comment and input.

The Central Valley Flood Protection Board unanimously adopted the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan, which lays out a strategy for providing 200-year flood protection to homes and businesses in the Central Valley’s urban areas and reducing flood risks to rural and agricultural areas.  

The board adopted the final proposed plan, released June 18, after making several revisions based on public feedback, including removing the Feather River Bypass from the plan and revising the strategy for vegetation management on levees. The bypass may be brought forward in the 2017 update of the plan after further technical review and public engagement.

Today’s action fulfills a legislative mandate outlined in the Central Valley Flood Protection Act of 2008 to adopt a plan by July 1. The board’s action also provides a road map for interpreting and implementing the plan, along with extensive guidance regarding the board’s role in future CVFPP planning actions and public participation.

Board President Bill Edgar said extensive public engagement, along with DWR’s efforts to submit the draft ahead of deadline, resulted in a successful regional planning process.

“In reviewing and amending this plan, we listened carefully to Valley residents and flood experts, farmers, property owners and local governments, levee districts, scientists and environmentalists,” he said in a statement. “With their insights, we’ve adopted a realistic plan that will enhance public safety and provide more ecosystem and habitat protection.”

The plan and all other related documents are available at the Central Valley Flood Protection Board’s website, www.cvfpb.ca.gov.