Applaud Plan to Protect California’s Central Valley from Floods

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Target:  California Central Valley Flood Protection Board

Goal: Congratulate the adoption of a comprehensive flood response plan

After five years of hard work, the California Central Valley Flood Protection Board has finally completed the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan. This plan is full of important steps to prevent damage from floods, and is essential to the health and safety of humans and animals who inhabit the Central Valley. The California Central Valley Flood Protection board should be commended for their innovative plan.

The Central Valley Flood Protection Plan creates a comprehensive program for floodplains, flood bypasses and levee setbacks, which gives plenty of room for rivers to rise during periods of heavy rainfall without the fear of property damage. The Defenders of Wildlife blog writes, “This will not only reduce the risk of catastrophic floods and protect people, but will also increase reliability and quality of water supply by protecting the Delta and recharging groundwater, ensure the certainty of local government decisions regarding matters such as where people can and cannot build, and protect and enhance fish and wildlife habitat and related fishing, hunting and other recreational activities.” Clearly the plan provides important framework to drastically minimize flood damages to people, animals, and property.

The Sacramento River and the San Joaquin River run directly through the heart of the Central Valley in California, and therefore present some of the highest risk of flooding in America. With an elaborate system of constructed levees and dams, these two great rivers have been cut off from their flood plains, natural flat lands near rivers that create habitats (specifically in this case, for salmon) and reduce the perils and severity of flooding. The Central Valley Flood Protection Plan will, over time, reconnect these rivers with their natural flood plains, thereby reducing flood damage and restoring the ecosystem to their natural peaks.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear California Central Valley Flood Protection Board,

Recently, you have adopted the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan. I believe that this comprehensive plan will help solve many of the problems presented by rivers in the Central Valley, as well as help the rivers thrive themselves. I applaud your plan and goals to help restore the Central Valley to a place that can be free from the fear of floods.

With the reconnection of the Sacramento River and the San Joaquin River to their natural flood plains, the risk of floods and damage will be greatly reduced. The flood plains will again provide important habitats for river wildlife, specifically restoring the salmon and as a result, the ecosystem. The Central Valley Flood Protection Plan is an excellent step in the right direction to keep California’s people and rivers safe and healthy. Congratulations on your excellent work.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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