On December 12, 2018, DWR and CDFW Directors Nemeth and Bonham respectively, presented progress on the voluntary agreements to the SWRCB as an alternative to the Board’s staff proposal requiring unimpaired river flows under the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan.
We operate and maintain federally constructed flood control features in the Central Valley. We cooperate with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair flood-damaged federal flood control projects maintained under the authority of the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, which include levees, channels, and various flood control structures. To maintain the system, we plan, inspect, coordinate and permit environmental work, and design and construct repairs.
We also inspect levees within the State Plan of Flood Control (SPFC) to ensure maintenance and management obligations are met. We work with local levee maintaining agencies to meet Public Law 84-99 (PL 84-99) compliance standards.
In addition to our inspections, we repair and rehabilitate SPFC levees and flood control facilities. Through various state and federal programs such as the Sacramento River Bank Protection Project, Flood System Repair Project and PL 84-99, we work with other state, federal and local interests to inspect, evaluate, permit, design, and construct repairs for levee deficiencies that fall outside of routine maintenance.
When maintaining channels, levees, and flood control structures, we comply with state and federal environmental laws and regulations, including:
- California Environmental Quality Act
- California Endangered Species Act
- Federal Endangered Species Act
- Federal Clean Water Act
We are incorporating the 2017 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan Update’s Conservation Strategy in our work, while streamlining permitting processes and coordinating with the regulatory agencies involved in all flood maintenance activities.
DWR announced the release of the first projects recommended (draft) for grant funding within the Continuous Application Process (CAP1).
DWR presented Dr. Bin Guan with the 2018 Climate Science Service Award for his tool that identifies atmospheric rivers in weather models. The work supports experimental forecasts of these large storms earlier than current models.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) completed construction on a 350-acre tidal restoration project at Yolo Flyway Farms on the northwestern edge of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
The National Weather Service is forecasting rain in both Northern and Southern California starting Wednesday, including over the burn areas of the Camp and Woolsey Fires. Moderate rain is expected on Wednesday, increasing into Thursday and Friday. Communities downslope of burn areas are at an increased risk of flash flooding, mudflows, and debris f ...
DWR is looking to small businesses and veterans to help serve millions of Californians and it’s having a big impact on local communities. DWR’s Small Business (SB) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Program works directly with the business community to ensure small businesses, like Aviate Enterprises in Sacramento, can contribute to ...
DWR recently completed construction that transforms an island in the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta from a managed leveed site to an open tidal wetland reminiscent of the historical landscape.
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) have released a final version of their summary document on the water conservation bills made into law in 2018.
With over 30 years of advocacy experience on behalf of California’s Native American tribes, DWR Tribal Policy Advisor Anecita Agustinez was recently honored with a resolution from the California State Assembly.
Elected officials, federal and state government representatives, local agencies and community members gathered October 17 in Mecca, Calif., to witness the groundbreaking of the St. Anthony Sewer Pipeline and Lift Station Extension Project.
Publications And Reports
- Map of State Maintained and Local Maintenance Areas