Tag Archives: Flood protection

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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EPA Releases Flood Planning and Resiliency Checklist and Report

On July 7, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a tool to help communities prepare for and recover from floods. The Flood Resilience Checklist offers strategies that communities can consider, such as conserving land in flood-prone areas, directing new development to safer areas, and using green infrastructure approaches to manage stormwater. The checklist is […]

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CNT Launches Rain Ready Initiative

In early July, the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) announced its Rain Ready initiative, which offers a suite of policies and practices to help residents, communities, and states plan for weather events associated with global climate change. The goal of Rain Ready is to help Americans and their municipal and state leaders approach the challenges of flooding, water shortages, […]

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Farmers Insurance Dismisses Lawsuits Against Illinois Communities

On June 3, as reported by Bloomberg BNA, Illinois Farmers Insurance Co. voluntarily dismissed six class action lawsuits against 200 Northern Illinois municipalities in Cook, DuPage, Kane, McHenry, Will and Lake counties. The lawsuits claimed that entities, such as the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, were responsible for more than 600 flood insurance […]

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New York City Funds Flood Mitigation Projects For Source Water Protection

For 21 years, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has administered its watershed protection program. The program allows the city to avoid filtration and makes it the largest unfiltered water supply in the nation, serving more than 9 million New Yorkers. In early May, the state health department approved revisions to New […]

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Eleven Lessons Learned from Fairfax County’s Flood Response Program

Learning from experience, Fairfax County stormwater engineers have identified 11 lessons that are important to the success of any flood response program.

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As Storm Surge and Sea Levels Rise, So Does Innovation

Increases in storm surge and sea level rise have increased the chances of water overtopping the Manhattan sea wall at least 20-fold compared to 170 years ago, according to a new study. Using old records, Portland State University and Stevens Institute of Technology researchers found that maximum water levels in New York harbor during major […]

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London Firm Releases Cities Alive Report

According to a new report — Cities Alive – rethinking green infrastructure — the natural environment should be a primary concern in urban development, and one that is considered from the earliest planning stages. Generated by London-based firm Arup and supported by the Landscape Institute and Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, the report addresses global issues, […]

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VIMS Modeling Approach Predicts Street-Level Storm Tide

A team of researchers at the College of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), accurately hindcasted Hurricane Sandy’s landfall along the U.S. Atlantic coast using a large-scale, unstructured grid storm tide model, called Semi-implicit Eulerian Lagrangian Finite Element. The researchers used data collected before Hurricane Sandy and tested the results with observations […]

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