Silver Jackets: Many Partners, One team


Many Partners, One Team


Snapshot of Past Projects


Watershed University's Flood Risk Management Life Cycle Webinar Series

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) partnered under the Silver Jackets collaborative flood risk reduction program to host a series of four Watershed University webinars (from April 2023-August 2023) that focused on educating viewers on post-wildfire flooding and the four stages of the flood risk management life cycle: preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation. Each of the four webinars can be viewed here.


California Emerging Professionals Flood Risk Education and Outreach

Emerging Professionals Leadership Webinar Series

What makes a leader great? What qualities do successful leaders possess that sets them apart from their colleagues? Listen in to hear from two different vantage points of leaders working for the US Army Corps of Engineers.

The California Silver Jackets Team and FMA Emerging Professionals are partnering to host a series of Watershed University webinars focusing on leadership and soft skills for emerging professionals in the water resources field.

Webinars are available here:

Highwater Jamboree (October 2022)


Photograph of the High Water Jamboree at Garcia Bend Park

The City of Sacramento held its 2022 Highwater Jamboree on October 15 at Garcia Bend Park in the Picket neighborhood. The annual event, held in-person for the first time since 2019, drew a great turnout from the local community. Sacramento District employees, along with numerous state, municipal and first-responder agencies participated, offering interactive displays that drew attendees eager to learn - and take advantage of cool, free giveaways that included low-flow showerheads, food-scrap buckets and, of course, Bobber the Water Safety Dog swag. 

2022 Watershed University Summit

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 Watershed University Virtual Summit 2020

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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.


2019 and later

Communicating California’s Flood Risk (2019)

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This project provided flood preparedness education and outreach throughout California by organizing CA Flood Preparedness Week, presenting information at public outreach events, and collaborating with partners to create and deliver educational information on post-wildfire flooding concerns such as debris-flows. Initiatives under this project included:

  • Participation in the 2nd Annual Highwater Jamboree, Miller Regional Park, Sacramento, CA
  • Flood Risk Education Seminar for teachers in the Placer and San Joaquin County School Districts
  • Partner collaboration for Flood Risk Outreach through High Water Mark sign initiative
  • Multi-agency collaboration to create version one of ‘After Wildfire: A Guide for California Communities’
  • Watershed University Webinar on Sea Level Rise in California
  • Events at children’s museums, science centers, and county, state, and local fairs

Channel Capacity Atlas for Areas Affected by Subsidence Along the Upper San Joaquin River (2018)

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An educational story map (visual illustration) 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.

Read more here: Story Map

Other California Silver Jackets Projects:

Additional projects by the California Silver Jackets include (but are not limited to):

  • Floodplain Mapping and Hazard Assessments
  • Planning Studies and Watershed Assessments
  • Emergency Action Planning
  • Tabletop Exercises
  • Communicating California’s Flood Risk
  • Tribal Flood Risk Management Workshops
  • California Flood After Fire Support Tools
  • Delta Flood Frequencies
  • Multi-Hazard Disaster Outreach, Awareness, and Education
  • Emergency Response Functional Exercise

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers supports state-led Silver Jackets Teams through its Flood Risk Management Program.