California Silver Jackets

The California Silver Jackets team brings together federal, state, and regional/local agencies to focus on the State's priorities for flood risk management. The program is led by the California Department of Water Resources (CA DWR) and empowered and supported by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). A formal team charter was signed in September 2016. More information on the California Silver Jackets team accomplishments can be found HERE.


California Silver Jackets Charter-Signing Ceremony, 2016

California Silver Jackets Charter-Signing Ceremony, 2016

California Silver Jackets Charter Cover Page with participating agency logos

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)

Current Projects

Multi-Hazard Disaster Outreach, Awareness, and Education

This proposal supports outreach efforts targeted at educating other agencies, government officials, community leaders, and the general public on the risks associated with flooding, flood after fire, and dam safety in California. The need to communicate dam safety topics, including the understanding of inundation maps, has become increasingly important. California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) will lead the efforts at communicating California's flood and other related risks.

Initiatives under the project may include:

  • Watershed University
  • California Flood Preparedness Week
  • High Water Mark sign initiatives
  • Events at children's museums and science centers, and county, state and local fairs
  • Other flood and emergency preparedness events.

A new effort under this project proposal may be to increase assistance provided to local jurisdictions to better understand FEMA's Community Rating System (CRS) and how they can raise their rating.

Emergency Response Functional Exercise

This proposal will build upon an earlier (2017) table top exercise which featured the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), DWR's Flood Operations Center teams, the National Weather Service, and other partners. This proposal will address communication challenges identified during recent high water events. The outcome of the functional exercise will strengthen the emergency response communication and coordination, particularly using CAP real-time data and photos during a large scale regional disaster to aid the immediate decision-making for the emergency response effort.

past Projects

Channel Capacity Atlas for Areas Affected by Subsidence Along the Upper San Joaquin River

An educational storymap focused on explaining what subsidence is, where it occurs, and presenting results from the previous Upper San Joaquin River flood system analysis has been created by the California Silver Jackets team. This was a collaborative effort between the California Department of Water Resources, USACE Sacramento District, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Reclamation, and FEMA.

A previous effort analyzed and compared 2008 and 2016 levee elevation datasets to determine the amount of subsidence that occurred during that timeframe and then projected subsidence rates that would occur by 2026. This information was subsequently compiled and simplified to create a comprehensive educational resource on subsidence occurring along the Upper San Joaquin River to inform levee operators/owners, agencies, and the public.

Storymap link

More Recent Projects

Some recent successful projects in California Silver Jackets include (but are not limited to):

  • Communicating California’s Flood Risk
  • Tribal Flood Risk Management Workshops
  • California Flood After Fire Support Tools
  • Delta Flood Frequencies
We did it! 2020 Watershed University VIRTUAL Summit

2020 Watershed University Summit

The summit took place Tuesday, April 21 - Wednesday, April 22, 2020. It was a virtual forum for discussion on flood and related hazards pertinent to the southern California region and beyond. Recordings are available here.

For More Information Contact

For more information on California Silver Jackets, visit the California DWR website: