Flood Management, Water
Supply, and Integrated FloodSAFE and the
Regional Water Management California Water Plan
Last year, California initiated the first phase of a
The State of California is carrying out a
comprehensive Strategic Growth Plan to strategic initiative, FloodSAFE
address California’s critical infrastructure needs California, to improve flood protection
over the next 20 years. The 2006 bond package
included water and flood management and public safety.
measures in Propositions 1E and 84. These
measures provided $4.9 billion for flood At the same time, the State is
management and approximately $1 billion for
integrated regional water management
developing Water Plan Update 2009.
including wastewater recycling, groundwater Flood and water managers often work
storage, conservation, and other water
with overlapping resources, shared
infrastructure, and compatible planning
Three initial policy documents outlined the
issues and strategies needed to ensure
California’s water future:
• California Water Plan Update (2005), a strategic
plan for meeting future water demands,
recommended two initiatives to ensure reliable
water supplies: integrated regional water
management and improved water management
• Flood Warnings: Responding to California’s Flood
Crisis (2005) called for flood management
improvements and reforms to reduce the potential
for such disasters in California. To promote more comprehensive
• Progress on Incorporating Climate Change into resource planning, the State will
Management of California’s Water Resources incorporate flood management
(2006) provided the first detailed analysis of
climate change effects on water and flood considerations into Water Plan
Update 2009 and the Integrated
To help put policy recommendations into action, Regional Water Management planning
the Department of Water Resources has
launched FloodSAFE and moved forward with process.
Water Plan Update 2005 recommendations for
integrated regional water management and
improved water management systems.
For more information, please visit:
By incorporating integrated flood
management into Water Plan Update 2009,
California will improve its resource http://www.waterplan.water.ca.gov
FloodSAFE and the California Water Plan
What is changing? What else is changing? Why is this important?
For the first time, the Department of Water According to DWR Director Lester Snow, To make wise use of public
Resources (DWR) is initiating an effort to “The way we manage California’s water resources, create sustainable
identify and compile on-going flood resources is changing. We need to consider a options, and ensure the best
management and emergency response broader range of resource management outcomes for California, it is
programs, future needs, and opportunities for issues, competing water demands, new critical to plan
improvement statewide. approaches to water supply reliability, and comprehensively.
new ways of financing. Local agencies and
To promote more comprehensive planning, governments are beginning to work together While recent bond issues are helping with
the State will incorporate flood management to develop regional water plans that are more infrastructure improvements, more
planning into Water Plan Update 2009. integrated, more inclusive, and more cost comprehensive planning is vital to ensure
effective.” California has reliable water supplies and is
This is being done in conjunction with able to cope with the effects of climate
FloodSAFE California, a strategic initiative The Governor’s Strategic Growth Plan change on water supply and flood protection.
that focuses on improving flood protection encourages regional planning and changes
the way California develops and funds water Climate models suggest a 25% reduction in
and public safety. snowpack by 2050. Warmer weather would
projects throughout the state.
ultimately mean more flooding in the winter,
How will this affect the flood and Integrated regional planning connects and less runoff from snow for water supply
water managers? groundwater and surface water management, during the spring. This means even more
Planners and managers will be asked to protection of watersheds and water quality, planning is needed for conservation
consider the full water system cycle in making environmental stewardship, and public safety. measures, managing ecosystem impacts,
flood and water management decisions. The By working together, local agencies, and creating options for storage and
change will also encourage integrated state governments, tribes, and organizations are conveyance.
and local planning and leveraging of funds better able to serve consumers more
efficiently and effectively. The change in approach will also pay big
and resources to deliver multi-objective dividends for flood managers. The multi-
management outcomes. Regional grants encourage local agencies, objective management approach will create
governments, tribes, and organizations to join access to a variety of technical resources
How will the integration be done? forces and pool resources, personnel, and and new funding streams.
What will the actual planning experience to reach their shared goals.
documents look like? FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
How do stakeholders provide
While the goals are very clear, the specifics of
integrating plans are still being discussed.
input? WATER PLAN
Stakeholders are Paul Dabbs, 916-653-5666
DWR is meeting with key stakeholders during
fall 2007 to learn what types of documents encouraged to provide input firstname.lastname@example.org
and information would be most useful to during organized sessions FloodSAFE
those implementing these changes. This input and through email and other Chris McCready, 916-657-5400
will be considered in developing the final written comments. Our goal email@example.com
approach. is to develop a successful,
useful process for all those
engaged in the planning process.