Tag: flood protection

Some methods of flood control have been practiced since ancient times. These methods include planting vegetation to retain extra water, terracing hillsides to slow flow downhill, and the construction of floodways (man-made channels to divert floodwater). Other techniques include the construction of levees, lakes, dams, reservoirs, retention ponds to hold extra water during times of flooding.

An Approach for Communities to Assess Stormwater Application and Detention Requirements for Overall Watershed Health

An Approach for Communities to Assess Stormwater Application and Detention Requirements for Overall Watershed Health

Communities, especially those with limited resources, face many issues when trying to protect their local watersheds through the use of stormwater policies. Stormwater policies that are imposed on new development have the ability to enhance a community’s overall watershed health (Ferguson 1998). However, past requirements often relate only to large

Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors Approves Repurposing up to $450,000 in current contract with San Jose Conservation Corp for flood response efforts

Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors Approves Repurposing up to $450,000 in current contract with San Jose Conservation Corp for flood response efforts

On Tuesday, February 28, the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors approved reallocating funds in an existing contract with the San Jose Conservation Corps (Corps) and redirecting the contract services to support the City of San José in responding to public health and safety efforts in the areas

Protecting Drinking Water from Saltwater Intrusion

Protecting Drinking Water from Saltwater Intrusion

In Miami Beach, FL, people sometimes must navigate streets wearing boots because during weather events, the streets get flooded twice a day for a couple of hours, notes Jayantha Obeysekera, chief modeler for the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD).

USDA Invests $225 Million in Innovative Conservation Partnerships

USDA Invests $225 Million in Innovative Conservation Partnerships

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 88 high-impact projects across the country will receive $225 million in federal funding as part of the USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). In addition, partners have proposed to contribute up to an additional $500 million to improve

Saltwater Intrusion

In Miami Beach, FL, people sometimes must navigate streets wearing boots because during weather events, the streets get flooded twice a day for a couple of hours, notes Jayantha Obeysekera, chief modeler for the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD).

Simplifying the Dam Breach Analysis

Simplifying the Dam Breach Analysis

As a senior designer at a civil engineering firm, I have been challenged with many stormwater management designs for new facilities and retrofitting of existing facilities with current best management practices. To provide consistent results to local and state agencies during the review process, I have organized an analytic process

Preparing for the Next Katrina

Preparing for the Next Katrina

When CNN news reporter Soledad O’Brien took a walk along the top of the new storm surge barrier known as the West Closure Complex (WCC), the structure stood in the immediate path of 2012’s Hurricane Isaac as it grudgingly made it way toward the Gulf Coast. Pausing offshore for days,

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

NOAA Expands Flood Mapping Tool

April 21, 2015 – A NOAA flood exposure risk mapping tool that was developed in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania has now been expanded to cover coastal areas along the entire U.S. East Coast and Gulf of Mexico. The Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper , a deliverable of President

NOAA Expands Flood Mapping Tool

April 21, 2015 – A NOAA flood exposure risk mapping tool that was developed in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania has now been expanded to cover coastal areas along the entire U.S. East Coast and Gulf of Mexico. The Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper , a deliverable of President

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