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DWR requests comments for UFRR funding recommendations

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced today proposed funding recommendations for projects that will lower flood risk for thousands of Central Valley residents and also improve wildlife habitat. In January 2015, DWR’s Urban Flood Risk Reduction Program (UFRR) opened a solicitation for projects and received nine proposals requesting more than $566 million. After evaluating the applications, UFRR recommends providing $246 million in funding for seven proposals, which will be provided by the current appropriation of Proposition 1E. More information about the projects is available on the UFRR website (http://www.water.ca.gov/floodmgmt/fpo/guidelines/).

 

Public Comment Period

The public comment period is now open. Comments on the funding recommendations must be received by 5:00 pm on May 29, 2015. Comments can be sent by email to Michael Sabbaghian at or by mail to:

 

Department of Water Resources
Urban Flood Risk Reduction Program
Attn: Michael Sabbaghian
3464 El Camino Ave., Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95821

 

DWR requests comments for UFRR funding recommendations

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced today proposed funding recommendations for projects that will lower flood risk for thousands of Central Valley residents and also improve wildlife habitat. In January 2015, DWR’s Urban Flood Risk Reduction Program (UFRR) opened a solicitation for projects and received nine proposals requesting more than $566 million. After evaluating the applications, UFRR recommends providing $246 million in funding for seven proposals, which will be provided by the current appropriation of Proposition 1E. More information about the projects is available on the UFRR website (http://www.water.ca.gov/floodmgmt/fpo/guidelines/).

Public Comment Period

The public comment period is now open. Comments on the funding recommendations must be received by 5:00 pm on May 29, 2015. Comments can be sent by email to Michael Sabbaghian at or by mail to:

Department of Water Resources
Urban Flood Risk Reduction Program
Attn: Michael Sabbaghian
3464 El Camino Ave., Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95821

 

Reps. Matsui and LaMalfa Introduce Bipartisan Legislation on Critical Flood Protection Projects

Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) and Congressman Doug LaMalfa (CA-01) introduced bipartisan legislation to help state and local governmental agencies invest in necessary flood protection projects.  H.R. 2293, the Flood Control Credit Act of 2013 will assure that non-federal sponsors of Army Corps of Engineers flood protection projects will receive full credit for their expenditures and work on projects.  It will also allow agencies the flexibility to transfer credit from one project to another.  Section 104 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 1986 allows non-federal partners the ability to take immediate actions to address and minimize known public safety risks.  It also preserves the ability to have these local costs counted as part of the local share once the federal project is authorized.  However, in May 2011, the Corps decided to discontinue crediting under Section 104.  As a result, it has been more difficult for local stakeholders to invest in federal flood protection projects.  In some cases, this has resulted in a delay to or an altogether halting of local flood protection project construction.  This legislation would revise crediting guidance to take into account potential unintended consequences such as jeopardizing local funding sources and delaying project development and construction schedules.

 

DWR Releases Preliminary Funding Recommendations, Central Valley Flood System Conservation Framework & Strategy PSP

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released its preliminary funding recommendations to direct Proposition 1E funding to flood management projects and activities in support of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP) and Conservation Strategy. The list can be viewed on the website www.water.ca.gov/floodsafe/fessro/floodway/conservation (the direct link is http://www.water.ca.gov/floodsafe/fessro/docs/flood24.pdf).

These funding recommendations are the result of the Central Valley Flood System Conservation Framework and Strategy’s first Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) to be issued under its approved Funding Guidelines. Public comments can be submitted via e-mail to Lori Clamurro Chew, at , or can be mailed to her at DWR, 901 P Street, Room 411A, Sacramento, CA 95814.

 

California Funding Fairs this April

A series of six funding fairs sponsored by the California Financing Coordinating Committee will begin Wednesday, April 10, in West Sacramento. Several agencies will be on hand with information on grants available for water quality, flood management and other projects. There will be an opportunity to talk with agency staff about individual projects and funding needs. Because space is limited, advance registration is recommended. Visit here for more details.

 

Orientation Briefing for CVFPP

Join an on-line orientation briefing about the Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) next steps for implementing the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP), which was adopted by the Central Valley Flood Protection Board in 2012. The orientation will provide information regarding development of two Basin-wide Feasibility Studies (BWFS) that incorporate the Central Valley Flood System Conservation Strategy (CS). Two sessions, both with the same agenda, will be offered. Briefing information follows:

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Time: 9:30-11:15 AM PDT
Registration: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/151739322

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM PDT
Registration: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/441364826

 

Department of Water Resources (DWR) is soliciting comments

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is soliciting comments on its draft Flood System Repair Project (FSRP) Guidelines (PDF: 750 KB). These guidelines establish the process and criteria that DWR will use to help Local Maintaining Agencies (LMAs) repair documented critical problems with State Plan of Flood Control (SPFC) facilities on a cost-sharing basis. Comments are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 5, 2013. DWR staff will conduct two public workshops in March to present the draft FSRP guidelines and seek public input. For more information about the FSRP, the draft guidelines, and how to submit comments, visit the website or contact Dave Wheeldon, the FSRP program manager, at .

 

DWR ANNOUNCEMENT

DWR announces the Final Planning Grant Round 2 Awards.  The awards are posted here.  Comments received on the draft funding recommendations are also posted here.

 

Delta Conservancy to Hold an Open Forum on Levee Projects and Habitat Restoration in Delta

WEST SACRAMENTO - The Delta Conservancy is holding an open forum on levee projects and habitat restoration in the Delta and Suisun Marsh on Wednesday, November 14, 5pm-8pm in the Courtland Auditorium, 146 Primasing Ave, Courtland.  Participants will meet the people working on levee projects and habitat restoration projects and have an opportunity to ask questions face-to-face in an open forum.  The Conservancy’s goals are to open communication and elicit understanding of the major current and planned levee projects and ecosystem restoration efforts.   For more information call Kristal Davis Fadtke at the Delta Conservancy at 916-375-4994.

The Delta Conservancy is a partner for balanced ecosystem restoration and economic development in the Delta.

 

] State, Feds and Locals Launch CALIFORNIA FLOOD PREPAREDNESS WEEK

In the U.S. more people die in flooding than any other natural disaster.  Closer to home, in the past twenty years every single county in California has been a federally declared flood disaster area at least once.  California is unusual – flooding can happen at any time of year, and California experiences eight different types of flooding: from tsunamis to debris flow flooding, from riverine flooding to flash flooding.  California has a designated "Flood Season," which begins every year on October 15, and DWR is launching the first "California Flood Preparedness Week" (October 15 - 20) with other federal, state, and local agencies to promote flood awareness and emergency preparedness activities.  For interesting flood facts, photos, videos, and information about flooding in California, finding your risk of flooding, reducing your risk and emergency preparedness, please visit their website.    

California Floods – BE AWARE, BE PREPARED!

 

FLOOD INSURANCE REFORMS TO SAVE SACRAMENTO HOMEOWNERS MONEY

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the Conference Report on H.R. 4348, Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012the House of Representatives passed a long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that contains key provisions fought for by Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) that will save Sacramento-area homeowners money on their flood insurance policies by phasing in rates in remapped areas over five years, instead of overnight.  Since 2008 more than 25,000 homeowners in Sacramento, mostly in Natomas, have been remapped, and for them flood insurance is now mandatory.  Their rates are set to increase from $350 to over $1,350 next year, but this new law will limit the increase to 20% a year over five years.  For Sacramento, in 2013, homeowners will effectively pay close to, or the same, as they are currently paying. This is great news for local homeowners, as it makes flood insurance costs affordable, manageable and predictable.  The five-year NFIP reauthorization was passed as part of the Conference Report on H.R. 4348 - Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012 which included a two-year transportation bill and student loan program reforms that will keep interest rates from doubling. Congresswoman Matsui is the author of HR 4353, legislation to federally authorize 42 miles of levee improvements in the Natomas area. 

 

 

 

FLOOD INSURANCE REFORMS TO SAVE SACRAMENTO HOMEOWNERS MONEY

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the Conference Report on H.R. 4348, Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012the House of Representatives passed a long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that contains key provisions fought for by Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) that will save Sacramento-area homeowners money on their flood insurance policies by phasing in rates in remapped areas over five years, instead of overnight.  Since 2008 more than 25,000 homeowners in Sacramento, mostly in Natomas, have been remapped, and for them flood insurance is now mandatory.  Their rates are set to increase from $350 to over $1,350 next year, but this new law will limit the increase to 20% a year over five years.  For Sacramento, in 2013, homeowners will effectively pay close to, or the same, as they are currently paying. This is great news for local homeowners, as it makes flood insurance costs affordable, manageable and predictable.  The five-year NFIP reauthorization was passed as part of the Conference Report on H.R. 4348 - Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012 which included a two-year transportation bill and student loan program reforms that will keep interest rates from doubling. Congresswoman Matsui is the author of HR 4353, legislation to federally authorize 42 miles of levee improvements in the Natomas area.

 

DIRECTED FUNDING GUIDELINES FOR REGIONAL FLOOD MANAGEMENT PLANNING

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is soliciting comments on its draft Directed Funding Guidelines for Regional Flood Management Planning. The purpose of these draft guidelines is to establish the process and criteria that DWR will use to award Directed Funds to local agencies within each of the nine (9) flood planning regions and the requirements the local agencies must comply with to obtain state funding for work performed on the Regional Flood Management Plans (RFMP).  Written comments on the draft Guidelines are due by 5:00 pm on August 17, 2012 and are to be addressed to David Wright at 3464 El Camino Avenue, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95821. Verbal comments can be provided at either of two Public Workshops which have been scheduled as follows: (1) August 8, 1:00pm to 5:00pm, at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, Assembly Room #1, 2101 E. Earhart Avenue, Stockton, California 95206; (2) August 9, 1:00pm to 5:00pm, at the Department of Water Resources Headquarters, Auditorium, 1416 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. This meeting will also provide an internet WebEx Presentation option. To attend this online presentation, please email with your request.

 

PRESIDENT DECLARES A MAJOR DISASTER FOR CALIFORNIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to California to supplement the state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a tsunami wave surge on March 11, 2011. More inforation available here.

 

DWR OFFERS ASSISTANCE COMPLETING FEMA'S HAZARD MITIGATION ASSISTANCE GRANT NOTICE OF INTEREST FORMS

The Department of Water Resources is offering assistance in completing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant “Notice of Interest” forms which are due by August 8, 2011.  Please contact Ricardo Pineda at rpineda@water.ca.gov with a subject line of “HMA Assistance for …” or leave a message at (916) 574-1449 through August 4, 2011 COB.

 

CDPH IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR GRANT FUNDING SECTION 75025 - PREVENTION AND REDUCTION OF GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the second round of Proposition 84, Section 75025 funding. The purpose of the program is to provide funding for projects that prevent or reduce the contamination of groundwater. Eligible applicants are public agencies, non-profit organizations, and community water systems that hold or have applied for a domestic water permit pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 116525. Maximum grant award is $10 million per project; no funding match is required. If you have an eligible project and are interested in this funding opportunity, please fill out and return the attached Notice of Intent (NOI) form by July 31, 2011. Applicants that do not submit a NOI form by the deadline will not be considered for funding. After submitting a NOI, please fill out and return a complete application by August 31, 2011. Applications received after this deadline will not be processed and the project will not be considered for funding. For more information and application materials, please visit this document

 

CALIFORNIA STATE BOARD ACCEPTING CONCEPT APPLICATIONS FOR THE CWA 319 NONPOINT SOURCE (NPS) 2012 GRANT PROGRAM

Approximately $4.5 million is available statewide for projects that will restore surface waters impaired by NPS pollution.  Funds are available for projects that 1) contribute to the restoration of NPS impaired waters through reduced pollutant loads (as called for by TMDLs) or 2) implement or undertake planning/assessments that lead to implementation of an adopted or nearly adopted TMDL. Successful applicants will be invited (on November 10) to submit a full proposal application due Jan. 6, 2012.  Proposals will be selected through a competitive process.  The grant amounts are between $75,000-$125,000 for planning/assessment projects and $250,000-$750,000 for implementation projects.  An electronic concept application must be submitted by 5 pm, Friday, September 16, 2011. For detailed information on eligibility requirements, please read the Solicitation Notice or visit the CWA 319(h) NPS Program Solicitation webpage here

 

STATEWIDE BEST AVAILABLE FLOODPLAINS - NEW WEB VIEWER

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has developed a Best Available Floodplains web viewer located here. The intent of the web viewer is to provide the most up-to-date understanding of the risk exposure to flooding for communities in the State so that local governments can make informed decisions about land-use planning and the need for flood protection improvements in their communities.  The web viewer will also assist landowners and homeowners to make informed choices about managing their property, including their choice about purchasing flood insurance.  For full article, please click here.

 

REPORT OF ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES

REPORT OF ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES by Gary B. Bardini, Chief, Division of Flood Management, DWR, 12/03/10. Click here to download the report.

 

PUBLIC DRAFT 2012 CENTRAL VALLEY FLOOD PROTECTION PLAN

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Central Valley Flood Planning Office transmitted the Public Draft 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan and the December 2011 Flood Control System Status Report to the Central Valley Flood Protection Board (Board).  To view  these documents visit here.

 

PROPOSITION 1E STORMWATER FLOOD MANAGEMENT GRANT

DWR has announced the release of Draft Funding Recommendations for the Proposition 1E Round 1 Stormwater Flood Management Grant Program. On September 30, 2011, DWR will conduct an Open House and Public Comment Meeting to discuss individual Proposal Evaluations and receive comments on the Draft Funding Recommendations. Information on Funding Recommendations, Proposal Evaluations, instructions for submitting comments, and Open House/Public Comment Meeting can be viewed and downloaded here.

 

PRESIDENT DECLARES MAJOR DISASTER FOR CALIFORNIA

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to California to supplement tribal, state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe winter storms, flooding, and debris and mud flows during the period of December 17, 2010, to January 4, 2011. For information: President Declares Major Disaster For California

 

LOCAL LEVEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

In November 2006, California voters approved Proposition 84, which is a bond measure that provides funding for a wide variety of uses, including levee evaluations and repairs to critically-damaged levees. In 2008, the Local Levee Assistance Program (LLAP) solicited for levee project applications and awarded a total of $9 million for 12 grants.   The 2011 solicitation period is now open and applications are being accepted for new grants based on the 2011 Guidelines and the 2011 Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP).  In this round, $49.7 million is available for grants.  Public workshops will be held by program staff to present information on how to apply and to answer questions about the process. For workshop information, see here.

 

IRWM PROP 1E GRANT PROGRAM

On Friday April 15, 2011, DWR’s IRWM Program received 41 grant applications for the Prop 1E Stormwater Flood Management Round 1 solicitation requesting approximately $265M with a total project cost of $599M. Details for all 41 applications here.

 

FUTURE GRANT FUNDING SOLICITATIONS

A schedule for future grant funding solicitations has been posted on the IRWM Resources and Links page.  Graphic files have also been posted to this page.  Contact and Funding Area Information has also been updated.

 

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