Watsonville, Calif.-For the first time state water planners and engineers have all encompassing outlook at flood damage potential across the entire state. That's helping protect Ag lands potentially in harms way on the central coast.
The State Department of Water Resources took a 500-year look into the future to find recommendations for managing the state's flood risks. Some 7 billion dollars worth of Ag crops grow in flood plains and 700 million dollars of Ag assets are on the central coast!
So how much would it cost to completely prepare for a major tsunami or extreme rains? WWater planners estimate 100 billion dollars, but there are only 30 billion dollars worth of projects on the books.