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What is the Local Levee Assistance Program?

The Local Levee Assistance Program (LLAP) was established by the California Department of Water Resources to provide financial assistance to local public agencies responsible for flood management outside the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. This assistance helps local agencies obtain the geotechnical information needed to repair damaged levees and to restore or maintain levee accreditation by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The LLAP solicits applications, evaluates proposals, and awards funding using monies made available for levee evaluations and design and construction for critical levee repairs.

The program was initiated by a section in Proposition 84 (the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Bond Act of 2006) that authorized $275 million for the Department to fund flood control projects consistent with its objectives.

Grants from this program fund geotechnical exploration of existing local levees and evaluation of the data for stability, seepage, and underseepage deficiencies. Grants also fund repair of local flood control facilities critically damaged by erosion, levees with unstable slopes, and other unstable facilities. The funds allocated for these grants are expended through competitive grants to local public agencies responsible for flood control at the project location.

More information about each of the three funding cycles and the projects funded is available on the following webpages or on California’s Bond Accountability website:

Why is this program needed?

The Department seeks to avoid future flood damage and correct existing problems by restoring or maintaining levee accreditation by FEMA. This accreditation affects flood insurance rates and federal disaster relief funding if a flood should occur.

What have the LLAP-funded projects accomplished?

Since 2006, LLAP has funded more than 50 projects. These projects have enabled more than 20 communities to receive FEMA accreditation and repaired more than 100 miles of levees to reduce flood risk for the local communities.