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John Carlon of River Partners says restoring floodplains can help take pressure off downstream levees by storing floodwaters, as well as providing much-needed wildlife habitat. Lauren Sommer/NPR hide caption

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California is still at risk of flooding. Maybe rivers just need some space

To prevent flooding, communities often raise levees next to rivers higher and higher. Now, a new approach is about backing off, moving levees away from rivers to create floodplains.

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John Carlon of River Partners says restoring floodplains can help take pressure off downstream levees by storing floodwaters, as well as providing much-needed wildlife habitat. Lauren Sommer/NPR hide caption

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California is still at risk of flooding. Maybe rivers just need some space

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