Leadership Grant

Ecological Leadership for California's Flood Management Future Leadership Program, Year 2

$15,000 awarded to American Rivers in
Fellow(s): Mark Tompkins
Topic(s): Water Resources

Mark Tompkins will continue his consultancy with American Rivers for a second year as technical and policy advisor on the finalization of California's Central Valley Flood Management Plan (CVFMP).  The CVFMP is a multi-year process to review the status of flood management infrastructure in California's Central Valley and to develop guidelines for effective flood management.  Mark has participated in the process as a consulting engineer for the past year under a Switzer Leadership Grant.  He will build on the progress from the first year's grant, and on the expertise and relationships he has built over the year, to influence how ecologically based strategies can be incorporated into long-term flood planning.  American Rivers's goal is to ensure that California's new flood management system includes fundamental improvements that integrate and restore ecological processes specifically through floodplain restoration and reconnection.  Mark Tompkins is an integral part of the Flood Management Team that has been making the case for alternative flood management to stakeholders, policy makers, and the public.