Public Works: Enhanced Flood Control Program (4660B)

Program Outcome Statement

Advance existing multi-jurisdictional flood risk reduction efforts in collaboration with stakeholders

Program Services

  • Complete flood risk reduction projects in distinct areas
  • Collaborate with cities to prioritize and implement flood resilience projects
  • Develop frameworks for the planning, engineering, construction, and maintenance of flood resilient multi-benefit projects
  • Identify and apply for grants
  • Facilitate early project coordination with environmental protection agencies

Overview

The Flood Resilience Program was established in FY 2015-16 to facilitate the County’s participation in flood risk reduction efforts in areas where the County does not have a flood control zone, but where the County has responsibility to protect unincorporated areas or County assets. The Program’s participation in flood risk reduction efforts for eight distinct areas is a core priority.

Number of Feasibility Studies Completed Identifying Projects to Reduce Flood Risk in Prioritized Areas Meeting Target


Number of Applications for State or Federal Grants to Leverage Local Flood Protection and Restoration Funding Exceeding Target

Complete Plans and Specifications for Prioritized Projects Identified in Feasibility Studies Meeting Target


FY 2017-18 Mid-Year Story Behind Performance

Number of Feasibility Studies Completed Identifying Projects to Reduce Flood Risk in Prioritized Areas

The Program is projected to meet its FY 2017-18 target of the number of feasibility studies completed identifying projects to reduce flood risk in prioritized areas.  Specific efforts related to this target include executing three Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with seven cities for a total value of $1,420,000. These MOUs enable the County and the cities to collaborate on feasibility studies in four watersheds (Belmont Creek, Navigable Slough, Bayfront Canal, and Atherton Channel). Currently, the Program is developing hydrologic and hydraulic models and analyses for the four watersheds.  This effort is a precursor to the completion of the feasibility studies.

Number of Applications for State or Federal Grants to Leverage Local Flood Protection and Restoration Funding

The Program is projected to exceed its FY 2017-18 target of completing and submitting one grant application. In the first six months of the fiscal year, the Program submitted two grant applications requesting total funding of $3 million.  If awarded, these grants will contribute to the construction of the Bayfront Canal Outfall project.

Complete Plans and Specifications for Prioritized Projects Identified in Feasibility Studies

The Program is projected to meet its FY 2017-18 target to complete plans and specifications for prioritized projects identified in feasibility studies.  Consultants are currently developing a design for the Bayfront Canal Outfall, including: site condition analysis, utility investigation, geotechnical exploration, and environmental permitting work related to the California Environmental Quality (CEQA) process. Completion of plans and specifications for priority projects will follow completion of the site investigation and feasibility studies. Additional efforts include significant collaboration and coordination with: impacted cities, other County departments’ resilience initiatives, the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority’s Advisory Committee, the Bay Area Flood Protection Agencies Association (BAFPAA), Resilience by Design, and the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project.  Finally, the Program is developing a standardized process for managing multiple flood resilience projects.

Future Priorities

  • Continue to work with MOU partners to complete feasibility studies, prioritize projects, and complete design bid packages within mutually agreed-to schedules
  • Continue to identify grant funding and other cost sharing opportunities for projects identified by MOUs and feasibility studies
  • Continue to partner with cities and other entities to develop projects and collaborate on funding strategies
  • Develop a stream gauge installation and monitoring plan to prepare for future storm seasons

Author: Ann Stillman, Deputy Director     Contact Email: astillman@smcgov.org     Date Created: 01-23-2018