A Water Agenda for Governor Brown - Improving Floodplain Management
Many California communities are currently at significant risk of flooding, a risk that is anticipated to increase as a result of global warming. In addition, the State of California is currently at risk for billions of dollars of potential flood liability. State-wide flood damages on an average annual basis are greater than wildfires and earthquakes combined. The restoration of floodplains can help address these problems and produce multiple benefits, including:
- Protecting communities currently at risk of flooding
- Reducing state flood liability
- Providing essential wildlife and fisheries habitat
- Recharging over drafted groundwater basins and improving water supplies
- Improving water supply reliability by reducing flood risks in the Delta
Floodplain management is a key to restoring the state’s salmon fishery and recovering listed salmon species. In addition, by reducing flood risks to Delta communities and the water exported from the Delta, an increased emphasis on floodplain restoration could play a major role in crafting a successful and broadly-supported Delta Plan. Despite the potential of this tool, progress in recent years has been painfully slow.
Delta and Central Valley Planning: Direct the agencies preparing the Delta Plan and the Central Valley Flood Management Plan to maximize floodable floodplain area in order to help achieve the state’s salmon doubling goal and improve public safety.
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