CSAC Bulletin Article

New Executive Order Issued to Prepare for Next Flood Season

August 10, 2023

From coastal flooding to dramatic snowmelt, this year’s floods brought unprecedented damage throughout California’s counties. Damage to levees and flood infrastructure, including debris in rivers and tributaries, need expedited repairs to protect communities from the next rainy season. On August 4, the Governor issued Executive Order N-10-23 to mitigate the risks of additional flooding. The order applies to emergency levee repair and debris clearing including main stem and tributaries of the San Joaquin River, Tulare Lake Basin, Salinas River, Pajaro River, and coastal streams in Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties.

The order suspends, under specified conditions and subject to notification and monitoring:

  • Various laws and practices related to environmental and resource protections including lake and streambed alteration agreements;
  • Certain water quality certifications;
  • Waste discharge requirements;
  • And the California Environmental Quality Act.

The order additionally includes backstop protections including in-kind replacement and refurbishment of on-site features, bioremediation as well as other environmental solutions. Finally, the order suspends certain work hour limitations for retired annuitants.

For more information, please contact Catherine Freeman at cfreeman@counties.org.

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