SFEI and several agency partners recently completed a multi-year, EPA funded project called Flood Control 2.0. Flood Control 2.0 focused on providing information to help flood control agencies and restoration practitioners design channels at the Bay edge that promote improved sediment transport, improved flood conveyance, and the restoration of adjacent bayland habitats. In addition, the project focused on beneficial reuse options for dredged sediment from highly constrained flood control channels with limited restoration opportunities. Through a series of coordinated analyses, Flood Control 2.0 addressed some of the major elements associated with channel design and management at the Bay interface that will benefit people and habitats as climate continues to change and sea level continues to rise.
At the end of May, SFEI released the Flood Control 2.0 project on-line toolbox: floodcontrol.sfei.org. The toolbox contains interactive maps, databases, interviews, and technical reports that provide the management and restoration communities with useful information related to the technical, regulatory, and economic aspects of multi-benefit channel design at the Bay edge. The most recently completed tools include SediMatch, an interactive map for matching those with sediment with those who need sediment for restoration projects, and Changing Channels, a technical report summarizing key physical characteristics of the major flood control channels at the Bay edge. Changing Channels also highlights potential opportunities for improving sediment delivery from flood control channels to baylands. SFEI is committed to working with our partners in the region to find ways to apply these tools to future channel management projects.
Published copies of the Changing Channels report can be purchased here.
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SediMatch Web Tool (Project)
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SediMatch is a web tool for matching restoration projects that need sediment with navigational and flood protection dredging projects and other "sediment suppliers" throughout the region to meet current and future sediment supply needs.
Flood Control 2.0 is an ambitious regional effort aimed at helping restore stream and wetland habitats, water quality, and shoreline resilience around San Francisco Bay. The project leverages local resources from several forward-looking flood control agencies to redesign major flood control channels so that they provide both future flood conveyance and ecological benefit under a changing climate. This timely project will develop a set of innovative approaches for bringing environmental benefits and cost-savings to flood protection efforts at the mouths of creeks that drain to San Francisco Bay.