About Us

Background

Now that the Regional Flood Management Plan (RFMP) for the Mid San Joaquin River has been prepared, DWR has authorized additional funding for implementation of the RFMP.

Who We Are

Grant Administrator (RD 2092)

The Mid San Joaquin regional flood planning effort is being managed by Reclamation District 2092 (RD 2092). Julie Rentner is the Secretary for RD 2092 as well as the Central Valley Regional Director for River Partners. Julie will represent RD 2092 as the grant administrator, project manager, and District liaison for stakeholders and regional partners. In 2012, River Partners purchased the Dos Rios Ranch at the confluence of the Tuolumne and San Joaquin Rivers for the purposes of habitat management and restoration, improved flood management, and development of public river access points consistent with the Lower Tuolumne Parkway and other state and regional plans. Dos Rios Ranch and parcels owned by three other landowners comprise RD 2092 – a district founded in 1959 and charged with managing and maintaining four miles of levees that protect 1,000 acres from flooding.

As a levee maintaining agency, RD 2092 shares similar challenges with other Reclamation Districts in Stanislaus County including managing erosion, encroachments, rodent impacts, funding for maintenance and repairs, and inspection/reporting requirements. In 2012, RD 2092 and Stanislaus County worked with regional stakeholders to develop a funding application for the RFMP and was awarded $869,429 from DWR to prepare the flood management plan. RD 2092 and Stanislaus County signed a Memorandum of Understanding in March 2013 agreeing to work together to develop the RFMP. RD 2092 and Stanislaus County are the planning leads, and many regional stakeholders have already committed to assisting in the development of the RFMP.

River Partners is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with offices in Modesto and Chico, California. River Partners was founded in 1998 by two conservation-minded farmers with a mission to create wildlife habitat for the benefit of people and the environment. Since 1998, River Partners has restored over 8,000 acres of floodplain and riparian habitat in California, using agricultural techniques to re-establish natural habitats. In Stanislaus County, River Partners works closely with farmers and the resource agencies to find win-win solutions to complicated resource management challenges. They’ve restored over 3,000 acres of riverside habitats on public and private lands in Stanislaus County, and they manage agricultural leases on 1,600 acres in forage production and almonds. Among many affiliations, River Partners is a member of the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, the East San Joaquin Water Quality Coalition, Northern San Joaquin Valley Weed Management Area, Riparian Mammals Technical Group, San Joaquin River Partnership, and Central Valley Joint Venture.

Regional Flood Management Planning Team

RD 2092 - Julie Rentner is the Secretary for RD 2092 and the Central Valley Regional Director for River Partners. Throughout the development of the Mid San Joaquin River RFMP, Julie will represent RD 2092 as the grant administrator, project manager, and District liaison for stakeholders and regional partners. She also serves as the RFMP liaison for River Partners, a stakeholder in the region, collecting feedback and information from that organization for inclusion in the RFMP. RD 2092 and River Partners, along with the other Regional Stakeholders, are fully committed to working collaboratively to identify flood management challenges and opportunities for improvements that benefit the Region. Julie is a member of the Rural Levees Working Group, and participates in regular meetings of the Central Valley Flood Protection Board among other flood management working groups.

Stanislaus County - David Leamon is a Senior Civil Engineer for Stanislaus County Public Works. Throughout the development of the Mid San Joaquin River RFMP, David will represent the Public Works department of the County and serve as a liaison with other County departments, other municipalities in the region, stakeholders and other regional partners.

DWR - The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is funding the development of the Mid San Joaquin River RFMP. DWR has committed two staff members to work closely with the Mid San Joaquin River stakeholders to share data, answer technical questions, and provide feedback on the development of the RFMP. Paul Romero and Greg Farley are Senior Engineers in the South Central Regional Office in Fresno. Paul Romero serves as DWR’s State Plan of Flood Control Coordinators for the Mid San Joaquin and Upper San Joaquin River RFMPs.

Consultant Team - ESA PWA was engaged to assist the regional stakeholders in the preparation of the Mid San Joaquin River RFMP, and will now continue with assisting the second phase of the RFMP. ESA PWA has offices in Sacramento and other locations in California and the US. Betty Andrews, PE, and Harriet Ross will serve as the project management team from ESA PWA.

Regional Partners

Sixteen stakeholder groups and organizations have submitted official commitment letters for the development of the Mid SJR RFMP. It is anticipated that these stakeholders will continue participation in the post-RFMP activities. These stakeholders include:

  • Oakdale Irrigation District
  • West Stanislaus Irrigation District
  • Del Puerto Irrigation District
  • Patterson Irrigation District
  • El Solyo Irrigation District
  • City of Turlock
  • City of Modesto
  • Reclamation District 2063
  • City of Patterson
  • Mapes Ranch
  • Tuolumne River Trust
  • Sierra Club – Yokuts
  • Modesto Irrigation District
  • East Stanislaus Regional Water Management Partnership
  • Stanislaus County Public Works
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Additional organizations will be joining the effort, including participating at public workshops.  To join the email list, contact Matthew Pruter at mpruter@esassoc.com.