From The Revelator Levee setback projects in Northern California, such as those along the Cosumnes River, decreased flood risk to communities and helped recharge aquifers, Pinter says. Fish came back. “If the water gets there, the fish will get there,” Pinter says. “Nature seems to be grateful for these little bits that we give back.” Moving levees even 100 feet back benefits communities and ecosystems, says Ian Sinks, the stewardship director for Columbia Land Trust, a conservation nonprofit. (more)