05 July 2012 New Flood Plan Benefits All Posted by: Kelly Catlett | Leave a comment | Share: California’s Central Valley Defenders of Wildlife joined with several organizations to encourage California’s Central Valley Flood Protection Board to adopt an ambitious new flood plan that establishes a road map for flood management throughout California’s Central Valley for the coming century. Incorporating measures that prioritize access to original flood plains, the plan will eventually allow the Central Valley’s two major rivers to have a little wiggle room and will keep communities safer. The plan focuses on multi-benefit projects designed to allow several simultaneous uses such as recreation, habitat restoration, agricultural preservation, and clean water. If done correctly, this plan can provide improved conditions for both people and wildlife. For more information about the flood plan and flood protection board, check out the Flood Protection Board’s website. Learn more about Defenders’ work on the plan at dotWild, our experts’ blog. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Senate Wakes Up to Climate Change…At Least Some of Them Tonight more than 20 senators will be taking over the Senate floor to pull an all-nighter to “wake up” Congress to climate change. Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential.