Flood Projects

An image of flooding.

A stability berm is constructed to support a damaged levee in Sutter County. DWR/2017

California’s extensive flood management system reduces risk and protects communities from potentially catastrophic flooding and loss of life and property. The flood system is operated by numerous entities, both public and private, and must be continually updated and improved upon through a series of projects that provide for public health and safety and protect the environment.

In an effort to address the challenges of climate change and continuing growth in floodplains, flood management projects are increasingly complex and expensive. Projects must meet today’s ecological and human needs, while anticipating future challenges. Sustainable flood management solutions require the cooperation and sustained commitment of all Californians.

Throughout California, flood management projects provide essential protections for:

  • Urban, small community, and rural lands
  • Public safety
  • Fisheries and wildlife habitats
  • Water quality
  • Water supply reliability
  • Improved recreation and open space opportunities

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Flood Operations Center

Report flood incidents to (916) 574-2619 or call (800) 952-5530 to listen to river forecasts, general water conditions, and flood information.