Tag Archives: Flood protection

Obama Issues New Executive Order on Flood Risk Management

On January 30, President Obama issued Executive Order 13690, “Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input.” The new Executive Order amends the existing Executive Order 11988 on Floodplain Management and adopts a higher flood standard for future federal investments in and affecting floodplains. This includes […]

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Alberta Considers Giving More Room to the River

In response to the 2013 floods in Alberta, the Canadian provincial government along with municipalities, nongovernmental organizations, and others have identified, studied, and implemented various solutions for the Bow River Basin. Although the focus was primarily on large-scale gray infrastructure, the province is now piloting a new solution being used in the Netherlands to manage […]

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CNT Releases RainReady Nation Report

The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), based in Chicago, released in January “A RainReady Nation,” a report offering a suite of cost-effective solutions to prevent urban flooding. Launched in the summer of 2014, RainReady℠ is a CNT initiative established through years of working with homeowners and communities to better understand urban flooding. This experience gave […]

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Brooklyn Borough Releases Stormwater Plan for Waterfront Greenway

The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway is a 22-km (14-mi) landscaped trail, begun by Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and to be implemented by New York City Department of Transportation (DOT). The trail will incorporate green infrastructure elements and function as a commuting and recreation route. The greenway, expected to cost more than $100 million, will connect neighborhood parks […]

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FEMA Releases Fact Sheets and Data Visualization Tool

In November 2014, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) formally issued new mapping standards for “Adequate Progress” (Zone A99) and “Flood Protection Restoration” (Zone AR) determinations. The agency has since updated its Zone A99 and Zone AR fact sheets to reflect changes in law and the new mapping standards. Communities may want to apply for […]

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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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