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Australian Researchers Assess New Ways of Calculating Flood Risks

University of Adelaide researchers are devising new methods to more accurately estimate long-term flood risk across Australia. Researchers are examining the possible causes of floods and how they interact with each other. This information is being used to create sophisticated models which will be used by engineers to better calculate flood risks for different locations. […]

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EPA Announces Formation of Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program

On Oct. 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the launch of the Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program. The new program will serve as a framework to promote a broad ecosystem approach to protecting and restoring the coastal watersheds of southeast New England. The area covered under this program will include coastal […]

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EPA Releases Climate Plans on Fifth Anniversary of President Obama’s Sustainability Initiative

On Oct. 31, as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released plans for preparing for the effects of climate change, including flooding and seal level rise. The agency’s adaptation implementation plans coincide with the fifth anniversary of President Obama’s 2009 Executive Order on Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. EPA […]

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Alberta Government Provides $31 Million for Watershed Restoration Projects

On Aug. 6, The Alberta government announced the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program (WRRP) and the Southern Alberta Fisheries Enhancement and Sustainability (FISHES) Program. These programs will provide a combined $28 million (CAD$31 million) over three years for restoration and enhancement projects in flood and drought-prone areas. Unlike traditional flood mitigation projects, which use large-scale […]

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How should flood risk assessments be done in a changing climate?

In a new study published in Water Resources Research, authors ask why flood-risk assessments do not take into consideration the effects climate change and changing land use patterns have on flood behavior. According to the authors, dominant risk assessment techniques used to decide whether to build new flood protection infrastructure nearly always start with an […]

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Milwaukee Releases BaseTern Feasibility Study

In early July, Milwaukee released a feasibility study on its “BaseTern” concept developed by Erick Shambarger, deputy director of the city’s Office of Environmental Sustainability. The BaseTern combines the concepts of cistern and basements by using vacant basements to capture and store stormwater during wet weather events, reducing pressure on the city’s combined sewer system. […]

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Flood Defenses and Planning Inadequate in Face of Climate Change, Says UK Report

In early July, the UK’s Committee on Climate Change released the third in a series of annual reports on adaptation. The report, “Managing climate risks to well-being and the economy,” shows where past investments in flood defenses alongside recent improvements in forecasting, early warning, and flood emergency planning helped limit the impacts of a tidal […]

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Danish Researchers Look at Stormwater Management in Africa

Urban flooding, drought, and water scarcity are major climate change hazards affecting African cities like Addis Ababa and Dar es Salaam. A Danish research team from the University of Copenhagen is designing and testing the same concept used to manage stormwater in Copenhagen in these African cities. The basic idea is to delay and infiltrate […]

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Wetlands Reduce Flooding and Related Damages, Study Says

In a new study announced June 11, researchers from the University of Saskatchewan Centre for Hydrology show that wetlands can reduce flooding and damage to communities. “Our results show a direct link between wetland drainage and peak streamflows during a flood,” said John Pomeroy, director of the Centre for Hydrology. “By restricting wetland drainage in […]

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Illinois Enacts Urban Flooding Awareness Act

On August 3, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the Urban Flooding Awareness Act. The new law forms a working group with representatives from state, federal, and local agencies and other interested parties who will review and evaluate the latest research, policies, and procedures regarding urban flooding. The group will then submit a report by June […]

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