Floodplain projects help groundwater
Re “We need more urgency on sinking Valley” (Editorial, Jan. 11): I agree that the situation warrants urgent action. The Sacramento Bee editorial board correctly identifies three solutions for groundwater stewardship, but these remedies will take time.
There are things we can do now: invest in multi-benefit flood management projects. Not only will they provide better flood safety and habitat but when targeted to ground with high permeability, will recharge groundwater. Reuniting floodplains with floodwater in wet years will spread out water and allow recharge. Widening the downstream floodway will allow flows to safely pass and give reservoir operators more flexibility to manage reservoirs.
That would help to address overdraft and subsidence now. The money is there in voter-approved bonds such as Proposition 1 and Proposition 1E. The governor just needs to make it a priority.
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Chris Unkel, Davis
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