Flood Control 2.0: Rebuilding Habitat and Shoreline Resilience through a New Generation of Flood Control Channel Design and Management

Watershed Management

Railway flooded in Navato

Photo: Eric Steger

This timely project will develop a set of innovative approaches for bringing environmental benefits and cost-savings to flood protection infrastructure along the San Francisco Bay shoreline. The strategy has two complementary approaches that transform costly trapped sediment in local flood control channels into a resource: channel redesign where sufficient adjacent land use flexibility exists, and sediment redistribution for highly constrained channels.

Through an interdisciplinary team linking regional science expertise with on-the-ground flood control agencies, the project will advance channel redesign to restore wetland habitat, water quality, and shoreline resilience through demonstration projects at three creek mouths: San Francisquito, lower Novato, and lower Walnut creeks.

At a region-wide scale, the project will collect and integrate data on coarse sediment and historical stream characteristics with the results of the local projects. The resulting regional strategy will increase environmental benefits and cost-savings to flood protection infrastructure along the San Francisco Bay shoreline.

Project timeline: September 2012 – December 2016

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NovatoHEcoverNovato Creek Baylands Historical Ecology Study

 

Flood Control 2.0 Project Podcasts

What is Flood Control 2.0? (Robin Grossinger, Senior Scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute)

What is the Role Sediment Plays in Our Environment? (Brenda Goeden, Sediment Program Manager at the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission)

Where Has All the Sediment Gone? (Brenda Goeden, Sediment Program Manager at the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission)

Lower Novato Creek Redesign Project (Liz Lewis, Principal Planner with the Marin County Department of Public Works)

Your Wetlands is a project of the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture

Walnut Creek - Contra Costa County Flood Control District

Walnut Creek – Contra Costa County Flood Control District