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John Cain

Director of Conservation for California Flood Management

John Cain, M.L.A., is Conservation Director for California Floodplain Management for American Rivers. Over the last 20 years, his work has focused on the interrelated issues of river restoration, water supply management, and flood risk reduction in California’s Central Valley and Delta where he has advanced several large scale habitat restoration efforts including the 1,200 acre Dutch Slough tidal marsh restoration project and the re-watering of the San Joaquin River. Since 2009 his work has focused on integrating ecosystem restoration into the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan and incorporating flood plain restoration and other flood management improvements into the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan. Most recently, he has led American Rivers’ efforts to partner with flood management agencies across the valley to advance several multi-benefit flood management projects that will reduce flood risk, restore endangered species, improve water quality, recharge depleted aquifers, and improve the quality of life for Californians. In 2017, he was honored as “Floodplain Manager of the Year” by the Floodplain Management Association, a western regional affiliate of the Association of State Flood Plain Managers. Earlier in his career he served as Restoration Ecologist at the Natural Heritage Institute for twelve years and staff scientist for the Mono Lake Committee.

Education: He holds a bachelors degree in physical geography and a masters degree in environmental planning from U.C. Berkeley.

Favorite River: Sacramento River