Tag: flood mitigation

In environmental engineering, flood mitigation involves the management and control of flood water movement, such as redirecting flood run-off through the use of floodwalls and flood gates, rather than trying to prevent floods altogether. It also involves the management of people, through measures such as evacuation and dry/wet proofing properties. The prevention and mitigation of flooding can be studied on three levels: on individual properties, small communities, and whole towns or cities. The costs of protection rise as more people and property are protected. The FEMA, for example, estimates that for every $1.00 spent on mitigation, $4.00 is saved.

Project Profile: Gobernadora Multi-Purpose Basin

Project Profile: Gobernadora Multi-Purpose Basin

Rancho Mission Viejo (RMV), in partnership with Santa Margarita Water District (SMWD) and Orange County Public Works (OCPW), developed an innovative multi-functioning water infrastructure system that reclaims an urban stormwater waste stream and provides regional flood control benefits.

Retaining Walls to Change Land Surfaces

Retaining Walls to Change Land Surfaces

Retaining walls have become the modern-day structures of choice for us to manipulate the surfaces on which we choose to build our lives. From creating more buildable space on a site, to helping stabilize bridges, they are ubiquitous workhorses that are often easily overlooked. But sometimes they take their inspiration

Changing Land Surfaces With Retaining Walls

Changing Land Surfaces With Retaining Walls

Retaining walls have become the modern-day structures of choice for us to manipulate the surfaces on which we choose to build our lives. From creating more buildable space on a site, to helping stabilize bridges, they are ubiquitous workhorses that are often easily overlooked. But sometimes they take their inspiration

The No-Name Floods of 2015

The No-Name Floods of 2015

In early October 2015, residents along the southern and mid-Atlantic East Coast of the US held their breath as reports on Hurricane Joaquin’s gathering strength—but uncertain landfall destination—created mounting anxiety.

Climate-Ready Water Utilities

Climate-Ready Water Utilities

After preparing a climate change plan for her community’s wastewater treatment plant, Carol Murray, interim director for the Manchester Department of Public Works in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, says if she would have done anything differently, she would have started working on the plan seven years ago.

Doing a climate change plan with

Reader Profile: Eric Stewart

Reader Profile: Eric Stewart

When Eric Stewart takes his family out into the green spaces of Austin, TX, he can take heart in knowing the key role he plays protecting the environment he loves, not only for his family but also for the community at large. Stewart, P.E., CFM, ENV SP, is an HDR

DOI, EPA, NOAA Announce Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21, 2015 – The Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today recognized four collaborative landscape partnerships across the country where Federal agencies will focus efforts with partners to conserve and restore important lands and waters and

DOI, EPA, NOAA Announce Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21, 2015 — The Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today recognized four collaborative landscape partnerships across the country where Federal agencies will focus efforts with partners to conserve and restore important lands and waters and

DC Water Sells $350M Green Century Bonds

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — DC Water issued $350 million in taxable, green century bonds this week, marking several firsts for the Authority and the municipal sector. The 100-year final maturity represents the first municipal century bond issued by a water/wastewater utility in the United States. It also represents

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