For a healthier, prettier Delta

For every bucolic Delta spot like The Meadows, there’s 10 times more with levees stripped bare. It’s as if the U.S,. Army Corps of Engineers can’t balance habitat concerns with flood-control policy, and as if — aesthetically speaking — all their taste is in their mouth.

Now Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento has introduced a bill to require the Corps to create regional policies to manage trees on levees. The Corps woudl no longer apply the same procrustean policy to all levees nationwide – strip ‘em bare — but find a greener way for the Delta.

This is welcome legislation. Stripping levees bare should be done only when is is proven essential to flood control. De-naturing the estuary derives from the conception of the Delta as a water switchyard and flood threat. It is that. But it is more. It is first and foremost a natural wonder and should be managed as such.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment

Post a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Rules. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or fill out this form.
  • Blog Author

    Michael Fitzgerald

    Mike Fitzgerald is The Record’s award-winning metro columnist. His column runs in the paper three times a week. Born in San Francisco, he was raised in Stockton. His column covers diverse beats including, sometimes, the offbeat. Read Full
  • Categories

  • Archives

  • RSS Related Content