The Army Corps of Engineers' stated mission is to deliver vital engineering solutions, in collaboration with their partners, to secure the Nation, energize the economy, and reduce disaster risk. The Army Corps' nexus with California's freshwater resources is through their civil works programs, which include flood control, navigation, recreation, infrastructure, environmental stewardship, and emergency response. The Army Corps is part of the Department of Defense.
The Army Corps holds regulatory authority of flood management facilities that it has built and maintains; often, operations and maintenance are turned over to a state or local maintaining agency once complete. Major flood control projects built in cooperation with Army Corps include the levees of the State Plan of Flood Control (SPFC), the channelization of the Los Angeles River, and many of the large dams in the state (including Shasta and Oroville).
The Army Corps works to maintain its infrastructure. Current construction projects underway include Folsom Dam Raise, Isabella Dam modifications, the Marysville Ring Levee, Sacramento Levee Upgrades, and the Tule River Spillway Enlargement.
The Army Corps regularly inspects levees that are part of the State Plan of Flood Control for compliance with federal standards. The Army Corps provides funding to repair flood‑damaged levees if they meet and are maintained in accordance with federal criteria. The Army Corps also establishes flood storage and release standards for certain reservoirs.
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