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Where levees fail in California, nature can step in to nurture rivers


After millions of dollars of flood damage and mass evacuations this year, California is grappling with how to update its aging flood infrastructure. Some say a natural approach might be part of the answer.

All the water that poured down spillways at the Oroville Dam in northern California did a lot of damage to the area — and for miles down the river.

"It looks like a bomb's gone off," says John Carlon of River Partners, a nonprofit that does river restoration. "That's what it looks like."

Carlon is looking at a levee on the Feather River, about an hour south of the Oroville Dam. The earthen levee right on the water has a huge gouge in it.

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  • Themes:Environment & Ecosystems, Water
  • Hazards:Flood
  • Countries/Regions:United States of America

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/52581

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