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Levees and Environmental Engineering

The Delta Levees and Environmental Engineering branch provides engineering assistance and funding to Delta reclamation districts to improve levees and other flood protection facilities in a way that avoids environmental damages and enhances habitat. This work is accomplished through the Subventions and Special Projects components of DWR’s Delta Levees Section. The branch coordinates with Delta agencies to improve and support levee stability and maintenance and flood emergency preparedness. Its programs also support research into on-island subsidence reversal and carbon sequestration, and their effects on Delta flood protection, water conveyance, and environmental systems. In addition, the Delta Knowledge Improvement Program (DKIP) actively funds studies to fill in data gaps identified in the Delta Risk Management Strategy (DRMS) Project. Finally, the program supports projects that provide multiple benefits, such as the North Delta flood control and habitat restoration project.