Farmers in California practicing regenerative organic agriculture are weathering the heavy rainfall better than their peers because regenerative practices improve soil health allowing more water to infiltrate and stay in the soil.
Why fight nature when you can go with the flow?
Farmers in California are at the whims of catastrophic storms. Now they're fighting nature with nature. Regenerative farms, replenishing ecosystems, repurposing oysters - these have all worked to mitigate and prevent large-scale agricultural destruction.
Local farmers planted fast-growing plants, like willow and cottonwood shoots, into the eroded bank to replicate the ecosystem before agriculture and development cleared the land.
For landowners living in close to proximity to the Mississippi River, this means continuously facing the impacts of unexpected flooding. The Wetland Reserve Enhancement Program offers the farmers on these lands the opportunity to protect and restore the wetlands in order to reduce the side effects of living in flood territory.
Oysters from 100 farms in seven states are being used for reef restoration.
As farmers continue to experience floods—and lack control over the dredging of the rivers running through their farms—a few have looked to homegrown solutions, and others to amending policy to create "subdistricts."