Central Valley Tributaries Program

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The Central Valley Tributaries Program will grant Proposition 1 funds for its first solicitation.

The program will fund multi-benefit flood risk reduction projects that (1) address flood risk for urban communities, small communities and/or rural areas; and (2) enhance ecosystems by improving fish and wildlife habitat and water quality downstream. Projects must be in the Central Valley and within or adjacent to the Systemwide Planning Area. Projects in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta (Delta) are excluded.

Other project features may include:

  • Improved flow in tributaries to the Delta
  • Floodplain creation or restoration of natural floodplains
  • Groundwater infiltration
  • Relocating or flood proofing structures
  • Floodwater diversions for conjunctive use
  • Transitory storage

This program was established in July 2017 when the State Legislature and Governor Brown approved Assembly Bill 97, which created the program and authorized the use of funds from Proposition 1: The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014. Construction of these projects would improve Delta ecological conditions of tributaries to the Delta in alignment with the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan.

$7.6 Million Awarded in Grant Funding in April 2020

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is pleased to announce the awards for the Central Valley Tributaries (CVT) Flood Risk Reduction Grant Program. After careful review of the applications and in coordination with eligible grant applicants, DWR is awarding $7.6 million of Proposition 1 funding for the two grants described below.

  • Reclamation District No. 1001 (RD1001) award for $6,042,500. This award will fund the entire cost for the Natomas Cross Canal (NCC) Stability Berm and Channel Habitat Enhancement Project. RD1001 will complete the project as the lead agency. This funding will help the agency complete the design, apply for permits, and construct the project along the north levee of the NCC.  
  • Deer Creek Watershed Conservancy (DCWC) award for $1,562,550. This award will provide partial funding for the Deer Creek Flood and Ecosystem Improvements Project, Phase I. The project cost is estimated at $2,841,000. This project will help DCWC prepare 65% designs, obtain permits, and construct Phase 1 components.

The 15-day public comment period for the list of awards closed on December 19, 2019. No comments were received. Note that the awarded projects must enter into a funding agreement with DWR before any funding can be disbursed. 

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