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Great Central Valley Program Director for The Trust For Public Land Erik Vink overlooks a nearly 4,000 acre parcel of farmland from a levee in Yolo County on Friday, July 5, 2013. A 3,600-acre farm across the Sacramento River from Natomas will help protect California's capital city from floods. Voter-approved bond funds purchased a conservation easement on the farm, located in the Elkhorn Basin, for $8.9 million. This assures it will never be developed, a virtual guarantee that levees on the farm will never be raised. This assures that in the next catastrophic flood, the farm will go under first, helping ease strain on urban levees.