Regional Flood Atlases released for six regions along the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers
As part of the Regional Flood Management Planning effort, regional flood management plans (RFMPs) have been developed for each of the six planning regions. These plans are available on each region’s website. To read the final RFMPs please visit our Regional Contacts page for more information.
Following adoption of the 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (2012 CVFPP), DWR launched a regional effort to help local agencies develop comprehensive regional flood management plans (RFMPs) that describe local flood management priorities, challenges and potential funding mechanisms, as well as define site-specific improvement needs.
The RFMPs present local agencies' perspectives of flood management with a prioritized list of projects that need to be implemented to reduce flood risks in each region. Each plan presents an assessment of the costs and benefits for proposed projects while considering their potential contribution to an integrated multi-benefit and basin-wide solution.
What are the planning regions?
Though the 2012 CVFPP identified nine regions (Upper Sacramento, Mid-Sacramento, Feather River, Lower Sacramento, Delta-North, Delta-South, Lower San Joaquin, Mid-San Joaquin, and Upper San Joaquin), some regions have since partnered together for a current total of six regions: Upper/Mid-Sacramento River, Feather River, Lower Sacramento River/Delta North, Lower San Joaquin River/Delta South, Mid-San Joaquin River, and Upper San Joaquin River. A local agency in each region has organized a working group of representatives from flood management agencies, land use agencies, flood emergency responders, permitting agencies, environmental and agricultural interests and other interested parties.
How were the plans developed?
The planning regions used available information and conducted technical work to develop their RFMPs. Each regional plan includes:
- An informational atlas describing the regional setting and available information.
- A vision of integrated flood management for the region.
- A financial plan that includes local funding strategies and considers the financial feasibility of the proposed actions.
- An assessment of the regional flood risks and management actions or projects needed to reduce flood risks.
- Discussion of regional priorities, how projects are prioritized, and what criteria have been used for prioritization.
- A prioritized list of potential local or regional projects.
- Project descriptions and their costs.
- Project beneficiaries, regional benefits, and systemwide benefits.
- A description of regional governance for project implementation.
- An assessment of the regional operations and maintenance (O&M) and flood emergency response issues and how they will be addressed.
What are the planning regions?
Though the 2012 CVFPP identifies nine regions (Upper Sacramento, Mid-Sacramento, Feather River, Lower Sacramento, Delta-North, Delta-South, Lower San Joaquin, Mid-San Joaquin, and Upper San Joaquin), some regions have partnered together to form six regions: Upper/Mid-Sacramento River, Feather River, Lower Sacramento River/Delta North, Lower San Joaquin River/Delta South, Mid-San Joaquin River, and Upper San Joaquin River. Each of the six planning regions has organized a working group led by a local agency that consists of representatives from flood management agencies, land use agencies, flood emergency responders, permitting agencies, environmental and agricultural interests, and other interested parties.
Is it too late to get involved?
Although the RFMPs have been written, the regional teams continue to meet to encourage further collaboration. Interaction, coordination and collaboration among all parties will continue to be important as the regions move forward to realize their vision for flood management and improve flood management planning. If you are interested in being part of the regional planning process, contact your region’s lead agency representative. Please visit our Regional Contacts page for more information.
What role does DWR play in Regional Planning?
Regional planning is a locally-led process. However, DWR supports regional collaboration by providing technical information and financial assistance through a directed funding program. The level of DWR's involvement has varied depending on the region and the availability of resources at the local level. DWR is now reviewing each RFMP to incorporate into the 2017 CVFPP Update the feasible components of the regional plans that are consistent with the State Systemwide Investment Approach as defined in 2012 CVFPP.
For more information, e-mail RFMP@water.ca.gov.