Tag Archives: Flood protection

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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Coastal Cities Face Flooding Hazards Due to Climate Change

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study looking at more than 60 years of coastal water level and local elevation data changes finds that nuisance flooding is an increasing problem as coastal sea levels rise. Nuisance flooding causes public inconveniences, such as frequent road closures, overwhelmed storm drains, and compromised infrastructure. Most of the cities […]

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NRDC Reports Help Communities Tackle Climate Resilience and Clean Water Act Compliance

In July, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released two water-related reports. The first highlights State Revolving Funds as a climate resiliency opportunity. The issue paper “Using State Revolving Funds to Build Climate-Resilient Communities” explains how Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF) can better support and incorporate measures to make communities more […]

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New Orleans Green Infrastructure Projects Receive Support

On July 17, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Groundwork New Orleans will receive $60,000 through the agency’s Urban Waters program. The funding will be used to conduct neighborhood workshops that introduce citizens to cost-effective, do-it-yourself practices for stormwater management in the New Orleans area. The project aims to improve water quality and […]

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