DWR Awards $50.4 Million to Protect California Communities from Flood Risk


This aerial view looks north toward the confluence of the Feather and Yuba Rivers just south of Marysville, California on the border of Sutter County on the left, and Yuba County on the right. Record rainfall and snow has caused high water levels along the rivers. Photo taken February 26, 2017.

Flood Protection along the Yuba River will increase for up to a 200-year flood event with a grant award of $9.7 million.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced awarding $50.4 million in funding for 18 flood management and protection projects across the state. This funding will support local agency efforts to prepare for flooding by planning and implementing flood risk reduction projects related to stormwater, flooding, mudslides, and flash floods. Although California is entering a fourth year of drought, climate extremes require preparing for the increased risk of flooding even during a drought.

“This funding will help vulnerable communities across California protect their citizens, property, and infrastructure from increasing flood risks and help prepare for the new climate extremes we are facing,” said Gary Lippner, DWR Deputy Director of Flood Management and Dam Safety. “As we have seen from recent flooding events across the country, floods can strike communities at any time. DWR is proud to work with our community partners to increase their flood and climate resilience at the local level.”

Projects funded by today’s awards include 13 implementation projects and five planning and monitoring projects. The funding was awarded through the Floodplain Management, Protection, and Risk Awareness (FMPRA) Grant Program and prioritized economically disadvantaged community assistance, multi-benefit project features, and flood risk reduction projects in a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) special flood hazard area.  Highlights of today’s funding recipients include:

  • Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority: $9.7 million to improve flood protection on the Yuba River for up to a 200-year flood event, which will reduce the risks of flooding to a broad area, improve habitat, and protect downstream levees.
  • Merced County Department of Public Works: $5 million to provide flood protection for up to a 200-year flood event within the lower Black Rascal Creek watershed and will consist of a detention basin, spillways, channel modifications to Black Rascal Creek, habitat enhancements, and drainage facilities.
  • City of Santa Ana: $5.6 million to improve flood protection and treat stormwater and urban runoff with biotreatment systems as part of the Warner Avenue Flood Protection Project and the Rousselle Street Flood Protection Project.
  • Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Zone 7: $4.6 million to reinforce the bank of Alamo Creek as part of the Alamo Creek Bank Stabilization Pilot Project, which will reduce flood risks, address future inland climate change impacts, improve water quality, and enhance fish and wildlife habitat.
  • City of El Monte: $4 million to relieve persistent flooding at Garvey Avenue, a major transportation artery and improve stormwater quality and water supply.
  • Sacramento River West Side Levee District: $9.3 million to improve riverside floodplain and mitigate levee seepage while supporting migratory salmonids, improve aquatic habitat, and reduce local erosion.

View the full list of funded projects.


The FMPRA Grant Program was established in 2019 by the State Legislature and Governor Gavin Newsom through Assembly Bill 74, which also authorized the use of funds from Proposition 68: The California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Fund Act of 2018 of Senate Bill No. 5. 


Jason Ince, Information Officer, Public Affairs, Department of Water Resources

(916) 820-8138 | Jason.Ince@water.ca.gov