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After the Storms: A fresh look at the work of setback levees

By Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise-Record Posted:

Marysville >> Rivers were swift and wide this winter with heavy storms adding up to the wettest winter in 122 years….The Marysville area has been a historically flood-prone area, but this year a billion dollars worth of setback levees did the job they were designed to do.

John Carlon is a big fan of setback levees. Rather than placing river barriers close to the river channel, setback levees are built farther away. When there’s more water, the flow spreads. Water slows and things can grow.….

When he visited the Feather River after recent storms, many of the plants and trees he had planted were underwater, just as planned….

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