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Eric Koch

Deputy Director, Flood Management and Dam Safety


Eric Koch, Deputy Director


Eric Koch was appointed Flood Management and Dam Safety Deputy Director in December 2017.

Koch has more than 38 years of civil service experience having worked in three different State agencies. He has led the Division of Flood Management since 2016, and most recently, he has served as the Acting Deputy Director for Integrated Water Management.

He began his State career with the Department of Water Resources (DWR) as a Student Assistant. After working in various engineering positions with other agencies, Koch returned to DWR in July 2007 when he assumed the position of Chief of Flood Project Modifications and Permits Branch in the Division of Flood Management. As the Chief, he managed the repair and restoration of Project levees and local levee urgent repairs and evaluations. After his promotion to Principal Engineer, Koch managed the programmatic and administrative activities of the Flood Projects Office.

Prior to DWR, Koch served in leadership roles at the California Department of Transportation as a Transportation Engineer. His work included the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies and regulations for the Traffic Congestion Relief Program. He served as a Public Assistance Officer with the California Office of Emergency Services. His expertise in emergency management was instrumental in the response and recovery efforts that stemmed from the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the 2003 Southern California fires, the 2017 Oroville Spillway emergency, and various flood events.

Koch earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Chico. He is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:
California Department of Water Resources
P.O. Box 942836, Room 1115-9
Sacramento, CA 94236-0001

Street Address:
1416 - 9th Street, Room 1115-9
Sacramento, CA 95814

Rebecca Mills
Executive Assistant
Telephone: (916) 654-7180
E-Mail Address: Rebecca Mills@water.ca.gov