California Silver Jackets Charter-Signing Ceremony, 2016
California Silver Jackets Charter Cover Page with participating agencies: California Department of Water Resources (CA DWR); U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE); Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES); Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency (SBFCA); San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency (SJAFCA); West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (WSAFCA); Bay Area Flood Protection Agencies Association (BAFPAA); California Geological Survey (CGS); U.S. Geological Survey (USGS); National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration / National Weather Service (NOAA/NWS); Coalition of 7 Southern California Counties: Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino; Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Projects and Activities
Past CA Silver Jackets Projects
Grayson, CA Project
The objective of this Flood Risk Management Study is to develop solutions to manage flood risk in Grayson, California. The California Department of Water Resources is particularly interested in this multi-benefit project as there may be a unique opportunity to provide habitat enhancement and public recreation benefits, as well as providing transportation and infrastructure benefits by reducing inundation of the Grayson Road Bridge and associated flooding.
California Flood Risk Education Project
Several agencies, organizations, and educators were involved in this project, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Weather Service, CA Department of Water Resources, CA Department of Education, Sacramento County Office of Education, Water Education Foundation/Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), and Green 360.
This project will increase awareness of flood risk, especially among children, to enable them to prepare for and take action in case of a flood emergency. Additionally, this project also improves USACE involvement in the Science Technology Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields, as well as Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
The products that emerged from this project include a Simulated Water Management Model. This interactive computer model promotes critical thinking through "simulation games" that can be played by middle and high school students. This project also resulted in a children's flood preparedness activity book for younger kids.
Watershed University is a free event that provides education and networking opportunities for California professionals in floodplain management, water management, emergency management and related fields. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with California Department of Water Resources, CAL Fire, and Merced Office of Emergency Services (Merced OES), hosted this event in April 2016 at the Merced OES facility in Atwater and online. Participants earned Continuing Education Credits by attending the full two-day event online or in person.
- FEMA Flood Mapping
- National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Update
- California Water Action Plan Update
- Flood Risk Communication Tools, Tips and Techniques
- Climate Change and Drought Risk versus Flood Risk
- Partnering and Collaboration for Integrated Water (and Land) Management
For more information about Watershed University, please visit:
QR Code: Know Your Flood Risk
This project was accomplished in partnership with California's Department of Water Resources (DWR), California State Parks, and the City of West Sacramento, and it aimed to achieve a goal of increasing public and policymaker awareness of flood risk in California.
The team produced an interactive, web-based tool using free, open-source software (ESRI Story Maps) and a flyer with Quick Response (QR) code to send users to the digital product. The digital product is an interactive presentation that includes photos, maps, and videos designed to educate the audience on Sacramento's flood risk and history. Click here to access the product on the ESRI story map website. The QR code can be scanned with a smart phone application to bring a user directly to the website instead of needing the link. As a pilot location, the Story Map was created to be geographically specific for Sacramento, California and surrounding areas. However, the content of the tool can be amended and localized to other areas, with changes to text and graphics.
Promoting California Flood Preparedness Week
The California Silver Jackets Team supports the annual California Flood Preparedness Week. Several federal, state and local government agencies in California join together to educate citizens about California's diverse flood types and encourage them to take action to reduce their flood risk. Every one of California's 58 counties has had at least one federally declared flood disaster in the past 20 years and more than $575 billion in infrastructure and $7 billion in crops are exposed to flooding. Because flooding can happen at any time, the goals of this statewide effort are to increase public awareness of flooding and improve public safety for all Californians.
"Know Your Line" High Water Mark Initiative Raises Awareness
Nearly every community in the United States is at risk for flooding but most Americans do are unaware of their risk. To improve the public's awareness of flood risk and encourage them to take action to reduce it, FEMA and seven other Federal agencies developed the "Know Your Line: Be Flood Aware" initiative. The Know Your Line initiative helps communities showcase their local flooding history and motivate their residents to take action by posting high water mark signs in prominent places showing how high flood waters have risen in the past. Communities are encouraged to hold a high profile event to announce the initiative, followed by a wide range of supporting activities to remind residents of their flood risk over time and prompt them to take steps to reduce it. In California, the Cities of Sacramento and Roseville are participating in this pilot program.
Click here to view the Sacramento and Roseville Pilot Summary.