Tag Archives: Flood protection

New Bond Opportunities Focus on Climate Resiliency

RE.bound program develops new resilience bond A team of private sector partners has released the framework for a new insurance-based product intended to generate capital for risk-reduction projects. The RE.bound Program, released Dec. 9, 2015, offers a new financial product called a “resilience bond.” These bonds are designed to help manage the financial risk from […]

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Puerto Rico Enters Second Agreement with EPA To Fix San Juan Stormwater Systems

On Dec. 23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement requiring Puerto Rico’s government to upgrade stormwater systems operated for road and highway drainage. This settlement is related to another agreement announced Oct. 26, 2015, requiring the Municipality of San Juan to upgrade its municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4). The Department of […]

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Green Infrastructure Toolkit Helps Address Urban Flooding in Midwest

Communities across the U.S. Midwest are seeking solutions to sewer overflows, basement backups, and other costly effects of urban flooding. New green infrastructure design templates now are available to help Midwest and Great Lakes region communities combat urban flooding and rethink stormwater management. The templates emerged an ongoing collaboration among Chicago-area government, nonprofit, and for-profit […]

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California Water Board Adopts Stormwater Strategy

On Jan. 6, the California State Water Resources Control Board adopted a strategy that advances stormwater management statewide. The new strategy views stormwater as a resource for present and future water supply needs. Unmanaged stormwater runoff presents a threat to human life and property, and it is a significant source of water quality pollution. However, […]

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Wales Releases Voluntary SuDS Standards

The Welsh government has released recommended non-statutory standards for sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS). The standards are the result of 2 years of development with stakeholder engagement and public consultation. SuDS are intended to reduce flooding and overflows by freeing up capacity in the sewer system. This decreases the need for more costly grey infrastructure […]

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Ocala Recognized for Flood Prevention Efforts

In early December, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region IV recognized the City of Ocala for significantly improving its stormwater infrastructure and protecting the community from flooding. The City of Ocala participates in FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Community Rating System (CRS), a voluntary incentive program recognizing community floodplain management that exceeds minimum requirements. In July, […]

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Illinois Creates Model Stormwater Ordinance for Communities

Flooding in urban areas from stormwater runoff may be mitigated when state and local governments plan a coordinated effort to reduce risk. The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) offered their support to communities by developing a model ordinance that city and county officials can use when revising […]

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New Technologies Help the Environment Agency Prevent, Prepare, and Respond to Flooding

The UK Environment Agency has revealed its armory of flood prevention technologies including lasers, solar-powered cameras, a gadget-laden incident vehicle, and a new remote-controlled robot called Mr. Nosey. The Environment Agency is using Mr. Nosey to investigate causes of flooding that are out of reach, including blocked tunnels and underground culverts. Mr. Nosey fits into […]

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Flood Models Should Include Cities’ Effect on Rainfall

Current flood models do not account for cities’ effect on local rainfall patterns, which could lead to significantly underestimating the severity and frequency of floods in urban areas, a study finds. Purdue Professor and Indiana State Climatologist Dev Niyogi and collaborators at China’s Tsinghua University showed that impervious city surfaces can influence dramatically the way […]

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Levee Protects Des Plaines River Communities from Flooding

In September, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) announced the completion of Levee 37, which will help prevent flooding in Des Plaines River communities. The levee will protect more than 600 existing homes and dozens of businesses in Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights from future flooding with an estimated annual savings of […]

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