Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP) Conservation Strategy

Conservation Strategy

We developed the CVFPP Conservation Strategy to support work on integrated flood system planning and the development of the 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP) and 2017 Update. Taking an integrated approach increases public benefits for every dollar spent.

We provided support on environmental aspects and the integration of environmental stewardship through a comprehensive effort to create a systemwide conservation plan. The Conservation Strategy planning effort informed formulation of multi-benefit project concepts articulated in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Basinwide Feasibility studies. The Conservation Strategy planning effort informed formulation of multi-benefit project concepts articulated in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Basinwide Feasibility Studies. We also coordinated regional advance mitigation planning (RAMP), a comprehensive statewide effort promoting more meaningful, large-scale, and cost-effective conservation by establishing mitigation banks before flood projects are implemented.

Specifically, the Conservation Strategy includes:

  • Up-to-date scientific and planning information
  • A regional permitting approach
  • A comprehensive and science-based approach to vegetation management
  • Specific tools, data, and approaches to support development of multi-benefit projects to restore riverine processes
  • Improvements to habitats and benefits for fish and wildlife 
  • Clear ecological targets with measurable objectives

Our Conservation Strategy also supports two of the key actions identified in the California Water Action Plan: increasing flood protection and protecting and restoring important ecosystems. It was developed through a substantive public process, and incorporates suggestions provided by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private citizens, and other government agencies.

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