Central Valley Flood Protection Plan
The Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP) is California's strategic blueprint to improve flood risk management in the Central Valley. The first plan was adopted in 2012 and is updated every 5 years. The plan lays out strategies to:
- Prioritize the State's investment in flood management over the next 3 decades
- Promote multi-benefit projects
- Integrate and improve ecosystem functions associated with flood risk reduction projects.
Considerable progress has been made to improve flood management in the Central Valley; however, this vast region still faces significant flood risk. Approximately 1 million Californians live and work in the floodplains of the valley, which contain approximately $80 billion worth of infrastructure, buildings, homes, and prime agricultural land. A major flood in the Central Valley could have a far greater financial impact on California and the nation than the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina or Superstorm Sandy. Without sufficient and sustained investment in statewide flood management, the risk to life and property will increase.
2017 CVFPP Update
DWR convened stakeholders across the state to develop the 2017 CVFPP Update. The draft plan incorporated regional perspectives and proposed solutions from 6 locally-led regional flood management planning groups to foster a shared vision for local and regional flood management. The final 2017 CVFPP Update incorporated feedback, data, and perspectives from state, federal and local agencies, non-governmental organizations, agricultural interests, and other interested individuals.
The 2017 CVFPP Update was officially adopted in August 2017 by the Central Valley Flood Protection Board and serves as a long-range plan that guides the State’s participation in managing flood risk in the Central Valley. It will guide investments in multi-benefit flood projects over the next 30 years.
Regional Flood Management Planning
Following adoption of the 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (2012 CVFPP), DWR funded 6 regionally-led Regional Flood Management Plans (RFMPs) that describe local and regional flood management priorities and challenges. These RFMPs also identify potential funding mechanisms and site-specific improvement needs.
These regional plans provide valuable perspectives from regional and local flood managers that help inform and align CVFPP investment strategies and implementation. The RFMPs also provide a platform for meaningful engagement among DWR and local and regional flood planning entities across the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River basins.
The RFMPs, flood atlases, and contact information for the six regions are available on these websites:
- Feather River Regional Flood Management Plan
- Lower Sacramento River/Delta North Flood Management Plan
- Mid & Upper Sacramento River Regional Flood Management Plan
- Lower San Joaquin River and Delta South Regional Flood Management Plan
- Mid San Joaquin River Regional Flood Management Plan
- Upper San Joaquin River Regional Flood Management Plan
- 2016 CVFPP Conservation Strategy
- 2017 State Plan of Flood Control Descriptive Document Update (PDF, 17 MB)
- Central Valley Flood Protection Plan Accomplishments Record
- Central Valley Flood Protection Plan Engagement Record
- Contributing Authors and Work Group Members List
- Draft Sacramento River Basin-Wide Feasibility Study, July 2017 (PDF, 78 MB)
- Draft San Joaquin River Basin-wide Feasibility Study, March 2017 (PDF, 38 MB)
- Draft Central Valley Flood Protection Plan Investment Strategy Technical Memorandum
- Draft Flood System Long-Term Operation, Maintenance, Repair, Replacement and Rehabilitation (OMRR&R) Cost Evaluation Technical Memorandum
- Draft Central Valley Flood Protection Plan Scenario Technical Analyses Summary Report
- Draft Central Valley Flood Protection Plan Climate Change Analysis Technical Memorandum
- State Plan of Flood Control: Map Book of Operation and Maintenance Manual Units (PDF, 77 MB)
- Urban Levee Design Criteria, May 2012
- Urban Level of Flood Protection Criteria, November 2013
- Final CVFPP Supplemental Program Environmental Impact Report, August 2017 (PDF, 8.4 MB)
- Findings of Fact and Statement of Overriding Considerations (2017 CVFPP Update Final Supplemental PEIR), August 2017
- Mitigation, Monitoring and Reporting Plan for the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan PEIR (2017 Update), August 2017
- 2017 Final Supplemental PEIR: Notice of Determination, August 2017