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Flood planning public workshop set for Oct. 17

POSTED October 1, 2013 10:17 p.m.

A new Central Valley flood plan is in the process of being created, and public input is strongly encouraged.

In order to improve regional flood planning and emergency response, a coalition of Stanislaus County stakeholders, lead by Stanislaus County and Reclamation District 2092, are working together to develop the Mid San Joaquin River Regional Flood Management Plan. 

A public workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Hammon Senior Center, located at 1033 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson.  This workshop is focused on discussing regional improvements and projects to address high priority flooding issues within the region.

All interested members of the community are invited to participate in the planning effort.

In 2006, the voters of California approved Proposition 1E: The Disaster Preparedness and Flood Protection Bond Act authorizing $4.09 billion in general obligation bonds to rebuild and repair California’s most vulnerable flood control structures.

A large portion of this Proposition was directed towards creating a “State Plan of Flood Control,” including detailed plans for the enhancement and reconstruction of California’s ailing flood system. The FloodSAFE California initiative was launched in 2007 to complete this important planning activity.

The California Department of Water Resources completed a two-year stakeholder process to develop a Central Valley-wide plan for flood system improvements that meet the objectives of a variety of stakeholders and are sustainable into the future. In June 2012, the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan was endorsed by the Central Valley Flood Protection Board.

The Regional Flood Management Plan effort will partner with resource agencies, local governments, levee maintenance agencies, flood emergency responders, stakeholders and property owners with the DWR and Central Valley Flood Protection Board to identify and prioritize the region’s needs and projects related to integrated regional flood management. The result will be prioritized actions to reduce flood risk in urban and urbanizing areas, small communities, rural-agricultural areas and sensitive resource areas through a combination of improvements to the flood protection system.

For more information about the flood management planning process, visit the project website http://www.midsjrfloodplan.org.

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