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Water 2012, 4(1), 157-169; doi:10.3390/w4010157
Flood Management in California
Received: 13 December 2011; in revised form: 29 January 2012 / Accepted: 3 February 2012 / Published: 14 February 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Flood Risk Management)
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Abstract: California’s development and success have been shaped by its ability to manage floods. This management has varied over the history of California’s economic and political development and continues in various forms today. California will always have flood problems. A range of options are available to aid in flood management problems and have been used over time. These options can be contrasted with flood management elsewhere and the types of options used to manage other types of hazards in California, such as earthquakes, wildfires, and droughts. In the future, flood management in California will require greater reliance on local funding and leadership, reflecting diminished federal and state funding, with more effective state and federal guidance. Effective flood management will also tend to integrate flood management with actions to achieve environmental and other water supply objectives, both to gain revenues from a broader range of beneficiaries as well as to make more efficient use of land and water in a state where both are often scarce.
Keywords: California; flood; floodplain; management