American River Flood Control Project - FOR has
advocated for less environmentally destructive solutions to flood
management by actively engaging with state and local entities for over a
decade. Before FOR got involved, the answer to flood control was to
build more dams, like the proposed Auburn Dam. Today, FOR’s efforts have
enabled projects like upgrading Folsom Dam and investment in levee
improvements to better provide flood management.
FOR will continue to lobby for federal funding and implementation of
improvements to Folsom Dam and downstream levees, which when completed
will more than handle any likely flood on the American River and make
unnecessary the construction of the much more expensive and destructive
Auburn Dam as a flood control solution. Can Sacramento valley flood? Read more here.
Work with mother nature
all know that the natural weather cycle of California includes wet
winters. When river waters rise, they can overrun their banks and flood
surrounding areas. This has been happening for tens of thousands of
years and will continue to happen.
FOR Senior Policy Advocate Ron Stork is one of California's top
experts in levees, dam operation, and sustainable flood management, and
he is quoted often in the media:
Ron served on the state's independent review panel, comprising flood
experts from around the country, to study flood issues in the Central
Valley. The panel's report, known as the Galloway report, can be downloaded here.