California’s next flood could submerge Stockton beneath 10 feet of water. The city’s aging levees aren’t prepared. But there’s a proven solution that can help: floodplain restoration, like the nearby Dos Rios Ranch Preserve.
“You can build a levee stronger and better, but it’s still vulnerable to breaking,” said John Cain, director of conservation at River Partners, a nonprofit that advocates for such floodplain restoration projects. “If you want to have more resiliency in the system, you literally need more room.”