Let it flow: State breaks, shifts levees to restore natural floodplains
Chico News & Review discusses our floodplain restoration projects and how they reduce the risk of downstream flooding.
The work, much of it conducted by the
California Conservation Corps, comes as the
state overhauls its approach toward flood
control, with a growing emphasis on reconnecting
floodplains to rivers so they can
absorb floodwaters. This shift in methodology
marks a U-turn from past reliance on
levees to protect cities and towns.
“It’s a paradigm change,” said
California Is Preparing for Extreme Weather. It’s Time to Plant Trees.
New York Times science reporter Henry Fountain visited our Dos Rios project for a firsthand look at California’s largest multi-benefit riparian restoration project.
There’s always an opportunity to use vegetation and this green infrastructure to lower flood risk – move the water where it will do the most good and redirect it from places that will do the most harm…and you can do that in a way that is durable and sustainable over time.”
Nature Provides Its Own Flood Control. Time to Use It?
Visit our Feather River project with KQED Science, a National Public Radio affiliate, to hear how restored riverbanks absorbed floodwaters from the Oroville Dam failure.
After millions of dollars of flood damage and mass evacuations this year, California is grappling with how to update its aging flood infrastructure. That has some calling for a new approach to flood control – one that mimics nature instead of trying to contain it.”
The Flood Management Revolution in California You've Never Heard Of
Sacramento Bee Op-Ed by Executive Director John Carlon:
Last year, the state adopted a new Central Valley Flood Protection Plan, making these restorations the cornerstone strategy to protect communities and farms. In June, voters approved Proposition 68, which will fund more than $300 million of new multi-benefit projects.”
Why Climate Change Makes Riparian Restoration More Important Than Ever
River Partners staff contributed to a study on how and why riparian restoration prepares ecosystems for climate change, published by Ecological Restoration (University of Wisconsin Press).
Today, riparian restoration is further complicated by global climate change… healthy riparian ecosystems promote ecological resilience both within and beyond riparian zones.”
Leadership Award Recipients Tackle Key Issues, Balance Competing Interests in Central Valley
The James Irvine Foundation awarded River Partners their Leadership Award, recognizing and supporting individuals who are advancing innovative and effective solutions to significant state issues, and published a follow up article on our progress.
River Partners reminds us that, as insurmountable as some challenges may appear, solutions are in reach.”
River Partners celebrates 15 years of habitat restoration
Kim Forrest, wildlife refuge manager of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex calls River Partners her “most trusted partner” in her 38 years of experience with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
They are kind of the gold standard for the quality of restoration work…People don’t realize how critically important riparian woodlands are to wildlife. They are restoring some of the most important and beleaguered habitat in California.”