The Delta Program

Yolo County is one of five counties most engaged in statewide policy discussions affecting the Sacramento/ San Joaquin Delta, the largest estuary on the West Coast. Proposed state and federal actions in the Delta could have significant implications for the habitat, agriculture, economy and sustainability of the Delta and on our communities. At the June 27th Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board received a comprehensive update about Yolo County’s engagement on Delta issues and voted to reauthorize the Delta sub-committee and to adopt the 2017/18 Delta Program Work Plan. Key takeaways from our June 27th discussion are:

California Water Fix Project

Governor Brown’s proposed project includes three intake facilities between the cities of Clarksburg and Courtland. It is estimated that once the California Water Fix Project is approved that it will take up to 14 years to construct and cost over $15 billion. Currently the project is still in phase 1 review for the State Water Board permitting process. The CEQA and NEPA review process is complete. According to County Counsel, the project approval or collapse is imminent.

Flood Risk Reduction

Levee Systems. There are over 215 miles of levees in Yolo County. Yolo County has responsibility to repair and maintain the Cache Creek Levee and the Knights Landing Levee systems. These levees have been deemed unacceptable by the Army Corps of Engineers. County staff are currently working on plans (System Wide Improvement Frameworks) to improve both levee systems. The Knights Landing Plan is expected to be adopted in Summer of 2017 and the Cache Creek Plan is expected to be approved during the Summer of 2018.

Flood Reduction Grant. The County was awarded $1.5 million to conduct flood risk reduction studies for Knights Landing, Clarksburg, and the town of Yolo. These studies will identify locally supported flood risk reductions such as repairs, rehabilitation and replacement of levee facilities.

Regional Flood Efforts. Yolo County is part of the Lower Sacramento/ Delta North Regional Flood Planning Area. To learn more about Regional Flood Coordination Activities in the Sacramento Region, click here to watch the video by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Habitat Restoration

Two priorities of the Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project are the restoration of floodplain rearing habitat and the reduction of migratory delays and loss of salmon, steel-head, and sturgeon. The draft EIS/EIR for the Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project will be open for a 90 day public comment period during the Fall of 2017.

My appreciation goes out to Supervisor Villegas and Supervisor Provenza for their work on the sub-committee and to Elisa Sabatini and her team for their hard work on these issues. Stay tuned for more information. To learn more, click here to read the Staff Reports.

As always, please email me at to share your thoughts on this topic or any other matter.

In shared service,