DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Easements: A tool for preserving resources we value, or a straight-jacket that will limit our ability to adapt to a changing world? A study from Paradise Cut

A conflict over easements complicate progress on a badly needed flood bypass for the San Joaquin The Paradise Cut Bypass Expansion Project is a multi-benefit project that would reduce flood risk and improve habitat while maintaining agricultural land along the San Joaquin River near Manteca.  The project would increase the flood conveyance capacity by lengthening and widening Paradise Cut and […]

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Overview of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan 2017 update

Staff from Central Valley Flood Protection Board and DWR brief the Delta Stewardship Council on the update to the Central Valley Flood Protection Board to prepare for upcoming joint meeting The Delta Reform Act set out several tasks for the Delta Stewardship Council, among them that they lead a multi-agency effort to update priorities for State investments in the Delta […]

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Building resilient landscapes into flood protection and infrastructure projects

Integrated approaches are the great challenge, but also the best hope In the Bay Area, preparing for climate change impacts is one of several drivers leading flood protection agencies to pursue nature-based flood management practices.  As agencies prepare to replace aging infrastructure, the next generation of flood protection can be designed to dampen the impacts of climate change, increase ecosystem […]

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Flood management oversight hearing, part 2: The Who, What, Where & Why of Flood Control in the Central Valley

Legislators hear from the multiple agencies and organizations with flood management responsibilities in the Central Valley In the Central Valley, there are 1600 miles of levees in the state-federal flood system (otherwise known as the State Plan of Flood Control), as well as many more miles of levees that are not part of the state-federal flood system but are included […]

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Flood management oversight hearing, part 1: Addressing California’s growing flood risk

With 7 million Californians and $600 billion in assets at risk, Assembly oversight hearing examines the state’s liability for flood damages and  the annual $1 billion investment gap in flood management infrastructure spending Precipitation in California can vary greatly from year to year, from devastating droughts to calamitous floods, sometimes even both in the same year.  Floods and droughts are […]

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Yolo Bypass Symposium, part 1: A flood of plans and possibilities

Symposium focuses on how to integrate agriculture, wildlife, and public access on the managed floodplain In between Sacramento and Davis lies the Yolo Bypass, a narrow strip of land 40 miles long and 3 miles wide. Capable of carrying four times the flow of the Sacramento River, the bypass is part of a larger flood control system that performs the […]

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Winter Season Preview: Is the Delta ready?

A ‘monster’ storm is bearing down on Northern California, the likes of which we’ve not seen in years, reports say.  And while the rain is welcome and sorely needed, too much water can cause flooding problems.  Is the Delta region ready? At the November 20th meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, the Council heard from state and local officials about […]

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Updates from the Delta Regional Forum, part 2: The Delta Regional Monitoring Program, Water Diversion Reporting, IRWM and Flood Futures Report

On September 19, the Department of Water Resources held a Delta regional forum as part of the update to the California Water Plan.  Part of the forum was dedicated to updates on some of the relevant planning processes currently underway involving the Delta. This post will cover the updates given for the Delta Regional Monitoring Program, the State Water Board’s […]

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Updates from the Delta Regional Forum, part 1: The Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan, the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan, and the Delta Plan

On September 19, the Department of Water Resources held a Delta regional forum as part of the update to the California Water Plan.  Part of the forum was dedicated to updates on some of the relevant planning processes currently underway involving the Delta.  This post will cover the information presented regarding the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan, the Central […]

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Tim Washburn on the history and future of Sacramento’s flood control system

On March 11th, 2013, the California Water Policy Seminar Series at UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences continued, hosting Tim Washburn, the Director of Planning for the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency.  Mr. Washburn served as the Agency’s chief counsel from 1990 to 2009 when he was appointed to his current position.  Mr. Washburn gave a lively presentation on the […]

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