On March 6th, Dr. Jacob Katz and our Central Valley partners presented to the State Water Resources Control Board on reactivating the Floodplain in the Sacramento Valley. California Trout, Northern California Water Association, Reclamation District 108, Audubon California and River Garden Farms spoke about how environmental groups, water suppliers and farmers are finding a new way forward by harnessing the power of the puddle.
To have a functioning river ecosystem capable of recovering and supporting robust populations of fish, birds and wildlife we need to manage the system to mimic natural patterns. In the Sacramento Valley, that means managing for winter-time puddles in the historic floodplain.
“All it takes is slowing water down, spreading it out on farms during a time of year when crops aren’t growing. Longer floodplain inundation creates a host of environmental benefits including more food and habitat for fish, while increasing water security and enabling farmers to continue growing food for people. We are working together with our partners to implement a portfolio of land and water infrastructure modifications to create a landscape that works better for people and the environment.” – Dr. Katz.