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2010-03-15 12:55:00

Project Will Reduce Flooding and Provide More Recreation Opportunities SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and The Nature Conservancy of California announced they have signed the conservation easement for a $2.2 million project in the Cosumnes River Watershed, funded through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). Restoration planning efforts will begin soon on the 600+-acre project. One year...

2010-03-05 11:09:00

Funding is split to cover two areas within the watershed totaling 29.8 acres WATSONVILLE, Calif., March 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced floodplain easements have been signed and restoration work will begin shortly on a $357,000 project for the Pajaro River Watershed, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The funding is divided between two adjacent properties both of which will help to...

2009-12-10 13:00:00

Clark School's Galloway Among Engineers and Scientists Recommending River Reconnection to Prevent Flooding Disasters COLLEGE PARK, Md., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following news advisory was released by the A. James Clark School of Engineering: WHAT: In the next issue of Science, five scientists and engineers recommend converting certain areas, now protected from low-level flooding, into natural flood dissipation areas in order to prevent flooding disasters that are normally...

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2009-09-30 09:54:10

Vegetation and sand found to be essential in stream life In a feat of reverse-engineering, Christian Braudrick of University of California at Berkeley and three coauthors have successfully built and maintained a scale model of a living meandering gravel-bed river in the lab. Their findings point to the importance of vegetation to reinforce the banks and, surprisingly, to the importance of sand in healthy meandering river life. The significance of vegetation for slowing erosion and reinforcing...

2009-03-12 14:30:00

DAVIS, Calif., March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Landowners of areas previously damaged in floods may apply for floodplain easements through USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. Some $145 million will be available nationally with California's share of the funds dependent on the number and quality of applications received. The voluntary easement-and-restoration projects will restore an estimated 60,000 acres of frequently flooded land across the nation and create jobs in survey...

2009-02-12 11:23:54

Nearly half of a home in Deerfield, Ill., is in violation of various regulations and needs to be removed from property in the flood plain, a lawsuit alleges. Officials in the suburban Chicago village allege in a lawsuit filed in late 2008 against the home's owners, Mark and Denise Richmond, that nearly 50 percent of the couple's home is extending into a flood plain, the Chicago Tribune said Thursday. Village officials are calling for the immediate removal of the portion of the seven-bedroom,...

2008-09-15 18:00:18

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released new advisory floodplain maps for Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley cities and counties. "Many of the existing flood maps do not reflect the most accurate information about the flooding potential," said DWR Director Lester Snow. "The new DWR floodplain maps will help provide a better understanding of the true risk of flooding to public safety and property." The maps are available at...

2008-07-17 06:00:28

By Carolyn Quinn, Ventura County Star, Calif. Jul. 17--Fillmore's plan to create a 90-acre business park moved forward a step Wednesday, when the Local Agency Formation Commission approved the city's proposal to annex 41 acres for the project. The proposal had been continued from LAFCO's June 11 meeting. The move was contrary to LAFCO staff's recommendation that the proposal not be approved because all of the land in question lies in an area identified in Federal Emergency Management...

2008-07-10 12:00:38

The Upper Colorado River and the San Juan River endangered fish recovery programs recently received Cooperative Conservation Awards from the U.S. Department of the Interior. The two programs were selected from a field of 700 nominees. Biologists and outreach personnel with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are among those involved in the programs. The Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery has become a template for other such projects across the country that involve people...

2008-06-17 06:00:17

By The Daily Star, Oneonta, N.Y. Jun. 17--The villages of Walton and Margaretville will receive funding for waterfront stabilization as part of $24.9 million in grants awarded from the state Environmental Protection Fund's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. Gov. David Paterson announced awards last week for 97 projects statewide. The awards cover a variety of planning, design and construction projects that focus on economic, community, environmental and recreational improvements....


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