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Flood Project Inspection


Each year the Flood Project Inspection Section (FPIS) conducts inspection activities for the State-federal portions of the flood management system within California's Central Valley on behalf of the Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB). A report is generated by section staff presenting the results of the levee, channel, and structure inspections conducted during each year as well as other Flood Project Integrity and Inspection Branch (FPIIB) activities. Detailed reports for each Local Maintaining Agency (LMA) are also generated documenting deficiencies found during inspections. These reports are for use by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), DWR, the CVFPB, LMAs, and other interested parties. These reports may be accessed from the Flood System Inspection Reports webpage at http://cdec.water.ca.gov/fsir.html.

As stated in USACE's Standard Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Manual, each LMA is required to perform a detailed inspection every 90 days, including prior to the flood season, immediately following each major high water period, and at any other time deemed necessary by the responsible party for each LMA. The findings of these inspections are to be reported to the Board's Chief Engineer through DWR's Flood Project Integrity and Inspection Branch (FPIIB).

Inspectors also conduct regulatory inspections of construction projects requiring encroachment permits from the CVFPB, assist the CVFPB in enforcement issues, conduct other investigations as needed, and act as Flood Fight Specialists in the event of a water related emergency.