SFEI recently released a resilient landscape vision for lower Walnut Creek that incorporates habitat restoration actions into flood risk management. The vision, developed in coordination with a team of regional science experts, highlights opportunities for restoring and sustaining vital tidal wetland habitats around lower Walnut Creek while supporting a high level of flood protection under rising San Francisco Bay water levels. It provides Contra Costa County Flood Control & Water Conservation District and other local partners with several “nature-based” adaption options that can benefit both habitat and people. A similar vision was developed for lower Novato Creek in Marin County. This work is part of the EPA-funded Flood Control 2.0 project, whose goal is integrating habitat enhancement into flood risk management along the Bay shoreline for the 21st century and beyond. For more information, please see the on-line project toolbox or contact Scott Dusterhoff.
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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.