The Central Valley Flood Protection Plan covers lands within the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley watersheds. This large geographical area includes the ancestral territories of numerous California Native American Tribes.
DWR is committed to a robust, collaborative and transparent Tribal engagement process that provides for meaningful government-to-government consultation, information sharing, and opportunities for input. Our engagement is guided by DWR’s Tribal Engagement Policy, Public Resources Code section 21080.3.1 Assembly Bill 52, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and the California Natural Resources Agency’s Tribal Consultation Policy. The CVFPP planning process aims to incorporate the interests, needs, and concerns of Tribes culturally and traditionally affiliated with the CVFPP planning area.
DWR Tribal Engagement – Central Valley Flood Protection Plan: 2012 to Present
Below is a record of DWR CVFPP Tribal engagement activities for each five-year update of the CVFPP.
DWR is conducting government-to-government consultation with all Tribal governments that requested consultation with DWR pursuant to the California Public Resources Code or DWR’s Tribal Engagement Policy. For confidentiality reasons, DWR is not disclosing any sensitive information shared during consultation. An overview of various informational meetings and general correspondence with Tribal representatives are listed below with links to presentations and other materials.
- April 21, 2022: The 2022 CVFPP Update Public Draft was released for review and comment. The document and guidance on how to submit comments is available online at: https://water.ca.gov/Programs/Flood-Management/Flood-Planning-and-Studies/Central-Valley-Flood-Protection-Plan. The public review period will close at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 6, 2022. During the public review period, the Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB) will host a series of public hearings to collect comments. The hearings will be held on: May 12 at 6 p.m. in Stockton at the Robert Cabral Agriculture Center at 2101 E. Earhart Ave; May 16 at 10 a.m. in Sacramento at the State of California Natural Resources Building at 715 P Street; and a virtual hearing will be held on May 19 at 6 p.m. More information on the public hearings is provided at www.cvfpbfloodplanhearings2022.org.
- October 4, 2021: Tribal Informational Meeting
- April 28, 2021: DWR sent notification letters to all Tribes located in the counties within the planning area, at the addresses provided by the Native American Heritage Commission. The project notification letters provided an invitation to consult with DWR under AB 52 and DWR’s Tribal Engagement Policy.
- March 2, 2021: Pre-AB 52 Tribal Informational Meeting
- February 16, 2021: Pre-AB 52 Tribal Informational Meeting
- March 18, 2016: DWR sent notification letters to all Tribes located in the counties within the planning area, at the addresses provided by the Native American Heritage Commission. The project notification letters provided an invitation to consult with DWR under AB 52 and DWR’s Tribal Engagement Policy.
The 2012 CVFPP public review process was completed prior to the implementation of State policies for Tribal consultation, such as the California Natural Resources Agency’s Tribal Consultation Policy (2012), DWR’s Tribal Engagement Policy (2016), or AB 52 (2014). However, outreach conducted for the CVFPP included presentations to various Tribal associations, such as the CA Rural Indian Health Board, the USEPA’s Regional Tribal Operations Committee, and the CA Indian Basket Weavers. The 2012 CVFPP Program Environmental Impact Report included an analysis of potential adverse impacts on cultural and historic resources, and potential mitigation measures that could be incorporated on a project level.