Tag Archives: Flood protection

Illinois Report Reveals Most Urban Flooding Victims Live Outside Designated Floodplains

On July 6, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) released a report examining the prevalence and costs associated with urban flooding in Illinois, along with strategies and recommendations for minimizing property damage and other negative flooding effects. IDNR prepared the report in collaboration with other state agencies as mandated by the 2014 Illinois Urban […]

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Report Examines Flood Preparedness of 15 Canadian Cities

A new study assesses the flood preparedness of 15 major Canadian cities. The Co-operators, a Canadian insurance and investment company, commissioned the report, which was written by University of Waterloo Associate Professor Blair Feltmate and released on May 21. The project goal is to motivate cities to increase resilience against flooding and to provide a […]

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National Water Center Opens at University of Alabama

. On May 26, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the National Water Center, a new facility located at the University of Alabama. The center is poised to become an incubator for innovative breakthroughs in water prediction products and services. As the country becomes more vulnerable to water-related events — from drought to flooding […]

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Federal Agencies Launch Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative

On April 21,The Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recognized four collaborative landscape partnerships. Regions vulnerable to climate change and related challenges, including sites in southwest Florida, Hawaii, Washington, and the Great Lakes have been selected to showcase climate resilience approaches. Building on existing […]

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NYC Releases Green Infrastructure Annual Report

In early May, New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released its 2014 Annual Report for the NYC Green Infrastructure Program. In 2014, DEP met or exceeded the expected green infrastructure performance rates for the three neighborhood demonstration areas, committed $36 million for green infrastructure construction as part of the city’s Community Parks Initiative, […]

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Open-Access WER Article Examines Effectiveness of Man-Made Wetlands

The April 2015 issue of Water Environment Research (WER) includes an open-access article investigating the effectiveness of a man-made wetland system, consisting of linked basins, in local flood control and contaminant filtration. According to WER Editor-in-Chief Tim Ellis, “the authors used a combination of field and lab experiments to characterize the retention and removal of iron, phosphate, and […]

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CIRIA Releases Flood Guidance and Defra Announces SuDS Standards

On March 24, The U.K.-based Construction Industry Research and Information Association released two new guides “Communication and engagement in local flood risk management” and “Communication and engagement techniques in local flood risk management, companion guide.” The guides are intended to help communities engage with stakeholders, particularly those vulnerable to flooding. The guides are relevant at […]

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UN Designates Hoboken a Resiliency Role Model

On March 3, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction designated Hoboken, N.J., a role model for the Making Cities Resilient campaign due to its flood risk management practices. These practices include plans to retain more than a million gallons of stormwater runoff through green infrastructure. This makes Hoboken one of 45 cities worldwide […]

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New Tool Helps Analyze Global Flood Risks

According to the World Resources Institute (WRI), more people are affected by floods than by any other type of natural disaster. Most of the people affected by river flooding live in developing countries, according to an analysis by WRI and four Dutch research organizations. Examining 164 countries, researchers found that the top 15 countries affected […]

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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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