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California turning to Dutch for flood expertise

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Posted: Monday, October 16, 2006 10:00 pm

Visiting Dutch flood control experts suggested Monday that Californians build levees to last as long as 2,000 years, not mere centuries.

Smart levees that diagnose and repair themselves, miles-long water barriers made of rubber and nylon to prevent saltwater intrusion, and solid lead pipes jammed through existing levees for strength were among the ideas floated by a contingent of dam and levee experts from the Netherlands at the University of the Pacific in Stockton.

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