Prep for floods, Plant trees
Jul 19 2018 | 10:02:05
As a reporter who
sometimes writes about water, I’ve spent a lot of time in California, where
most of the time there doesn’t seem to be enough of it.
But my most recent
trip to the state, last month, was for this story about the times when
California has too much water
— when strings of storms from the Pacific dump huge amounts of rain. That has
caused large floods in the past, and scientists say that climate change, by
increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme storms, will increase the
So California is
looking for solutions to protect communities from major floods. As I saw
during a visit to Modesto in the Central Valley, one idea is to create more
floodplains by taking riverfront land (usually farmland) that had been
protected by levees and berms and allowing that land to flood, which can
lower river flood levels at communities along the river.
Of course, there’s a
lot more to making a floodplain than just knocking down a levee. You can read
more about what goes into the effort in my story, here.