California Department of Water Resources - Central Valley Flood Protection Plan
In 2008, California’s Department of Water Resources (DWR) was charged by the legislature with developing a valley-wide, integrated plan for protecting property and people in the Central Valley. DWR embarked on a two-year, stakeholder-based effort to get input into the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP), which was adopted in summer 2012. Kearns & West was part of the team that developed and executed the Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Plan for the CVFPP development process. Kearns & West facilitated regional work groups working collaboratively with DWR and partner agencies to solicit information and ideas from flood and irrigation districts, farmers, county planning offices, environmental interests, recreational interests, community groups, business associations, land-owners, and interested citizens. Kearns & West also provided diverse stakeholder engagement services, including development of a communications and engagement plan, to support development of a Conservation Strategy. Kearns & West conducted interviews with a series of experts and stakeholders representing the agricultural and conservation communities in California; and supported the development of a strategy to incorporate the views of agricultural communities in regional conservation planning. Kearns & West staff implemented the Communications and Engagement Strategy that supports DWR’s development of the 2017 Update to the CVFPP.