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 Meeting Target

Complete Plans and Specifications for Prioritized Projects Identified in Feasibility Studies Not Meeting Target


FY 2018-19 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 target for completing one feasibility study in FY 2018-19. The Program completed one feasibility study and has made significant progress towards completing a second feasibility study that identifies projects to reduce flood risk in cross-jurisdictional areas.  The Navigable Slough Flood Management Study was completed and has been reviewed by the Cities of South San Francisco and San Bruno. The Bayfront Canal/Atherton Channel Flood Protection and Restoration study is currently scheduled to be completed by February 2019.  Consultants completed the following work necessary to support this study: site condition analysis, utility investigation, geotechnical exploration, environmental permitting work related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process, and an outreach plan.

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

The Program exceeded its FY 2018-19 target of submitting one grant application for State or Federal funding, by submitting three applications and anticipates submitting a total of five this fiscal year. The Program has been notified by California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) that the Hazard Mitigation Program (HMGP) Grant application, in the amount of $3 million, is currently on the waitlist for funding. This grant, if received, will contribute to the construction of the Bayfront Canal/Atherton Channel Project. Given the uncertainty of the HMGP application, the Program submitted a Pre-disaster Mitigation grant application to FEMA in the amount of $5,503,800.  Additionally, the Program was notified by CalOES that it has been awarded a Flood Emergency Preparedness grant in the amount of $485,850 and the agreement between the County and CalOES has been signed.  This grant will be used to expand the County’s stream flow gauges and early warning notification system.

Complete Plans and Specifications for Prioritized Projects Identified in Feasibility Studies

The Program is not projected to meet its FY 2018-19 target to complete plans and specifications for two prioritized projects identified in feasibility studies. The Program does anticipate completing the plans and specifications for the Bayfront Canal/Atherton Channel Project.  Permit applications for this Project have been submitted to all required permitting agencies and permits must be received before construction of the Project may commence.  The Program is in discussions with the cities to determine what other project design opportunities, as defined in the recently completed feasibility studies, they would like to pursue. 
Additional efforts by the Program have included leading the Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency Agency Information Gathering and Proposal process and 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 continuing to develop a standardized process for managing multiple flood resilience projects.

Future Priorities

  • Continue to work with Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) partners to complete feasibility studies, prioritize projects, and complete design bid packages within mutually agreed-to schedules and budgets
  • 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
  • Utilize the Flood Emergency Preparedness grant funds to implement the stream flow gauge and early warning notification system to prepare for future storm seasons
  • Complete organization and funding analysis for the development of a new independent agency to address regional sea level rise, flooding, and coastal erosion challenges

Author: Ann Stillman, Deputy Director     Contact Email: astillman@smcgov.org     Date Created: 01-17-2019