Coastal Watershed Flood Risk Reduction Program

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The Coastal Watershed Flood Risk Reduction Grant Program will fund projects in coastal areas that focus on multi-benefit flood risk reduction. These projects will: 

  • Address flood risk and public safety
  • Enhance coastal ecosystems, including fish and wildlife habitat enhancement
  • Promote natural resources stewardship and public access corridors

Eligible projects must be in areas that intersect the California Coast or San Francisco Bay. Projects in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta are excluded. Priority will be given to projects in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Coastal VE, AE and A zones and FEMA’s Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs). Coastal VE and A zones are defined as the area modeled to be inundated by sea water during a 100-year storm.

Other project features may:

  • Improve flow and water quality in coastal watersheds
  • Restore natural fluvial and related biological processes, including protecting riparian habitats
  • Relocate or flood-proof structures
  • Divert floodwater for conjunctive use
  • Provide transitory storage

The program was established in 2017 by the State Legislature and Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. through Assembly Bill 97, which also authorized the use of funds from Proposition 1: The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014. $27 million in funding is available for the program. Draft program guidelines will be released soon for public comment.

Public Comment Period Opens for Coastal Watershed Flood Risk Reduction Grant Program Draft Guidelines

The California Department of Water Resources announces the opening of the public comment period for the Coastal Watershed Flood Risk Reduction Grant Program Draft Guidelines (PDF, 1.4 MB). The public comment period began on Thursday, July 11, 2019, and will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 9, 2019. Following the review of public comments, DWR will release the final guidelines and solicit proposals.

  • Coastal Watershed Flood Risk Reduction Grant Program Draft Guidelines (PDF, 1.4 MB)

Comments can be submitted for the Draft Guidelines by one of the following methods:

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