A Multi-Benefit Approach to Flood Protection in California
Protecting People, Restoring Rivers
Supporting Fish and Wildlife
Protecting People and Property
Enhancing Recreational Opportunities
Improving Water Quality and Water Security
Preserving Working Farms and Ranches
Multi-benefit projects reduce flood risk while enhancing fish and wildlife habitat by allowing rivers and floodplains to function more naturally.
A Smart Investment: Expanding Floodways
Millions of Central Valley residents live and work in high-risk flood zones. Taxpayers could be liable for billions of dollars in damages if a major flood damages private property, plus the cost of repairing levees, roads, and the state’s water transport system.
Multi-benefit projects use time-tested, common sense approaches combined with the latest science to lower flood risk, enhance habitat, and increase resilience to climate change. The State of California’s Central Valley Flood Protection Board supports a multi-benefit approach to flood management.
Multiple benefits include:
Improving water quality
Expanding public recreation opportunities
Increasing flexibility for reservoir operators
Strengthening resilience to extreme weather events due to climate change