Tag: flood

A flood is an overflow of water that submerges land which is usually dry.The European Union (EU) Floods Directive defines a flood as a covering by water of land not normally covered by water.In the sense of “flowing water”, the word may also be applied to the inflow of the tide. Flooding may occur as an overflow of water from water bodies, such as a river or lake, in which the water overtops or breaks levees, resulting in some of that water escaping its usual boundaries, or it may occur due to an accumulation of rainwater on saturated ground in an areal flood.

Famous Last Words: “I Can Make It”

Famous Last Words: “I Can Make It”

This one hit home for me because of the location, but it’s a scenario that unfortunately plays out all too often during the summer. Just days ago in Arizona, the local sheriff’s department plucked two stranded hikers from a flooded canyon by helicopter. I grew up in that area and

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).

USGS Scientists to Track Effects of Historic Lake Ontario Flooding

USGS Scientists to Track Effects of Historic Lake Ontario Flooding

New York field study will help target relief, document shoreline changes

Beginning July 10, US Geological Survey scientists plan to conduct fieldwork along a flood-impacted stretch of New York’s Lake Ontario shoreline, using unmanned aerial systems (also known as drones), pressure sensors that measure water elevation and special water-elevation gages designed

Reader Profile: George Ragazzo

Reader Profile: George Ragazzo

In the past 50 years, George Ragazzo has left his mark around the world in engineering, marketing, selling, constructing, and manufacturing twisted and welded wire mesh gabions, which he credits as “one of the most ancient, practical, effective, and economical forms of hard armoring, used for thousands of years in

Calculating ‘old’ and ‘new’ water runoff

Calculating ‘old’ and ‘new’ water runoff

Water flow is something old, new, blue

Just ahead of a rainstorm, Cody Ross might run out to an agricultural research site as part of his graduate work. He’ll need to get some dye into an injection well. The point? To evaluate the path that water follows from the field

Retaining Wall Project Profiles

Retaining Wall Project Profiles

Retaining walls have become so much a part of our environment that most people barely notice them. However, professionals realize how much they have changed over the years and what an asset they have become. The ability to provide strength and integrity makes some projects possible that once would have

Ten Emerging Stormwater Management Best Practices

Ten Emerging Stormwater Management Best Practices

“I don’t think I’d have been in such a hurry to reach maturity if I’d known the whole thing was going to be ad-libbed.” –Bill Watterson

Past Stormwater Paradigms
Way back in 2001 (when some of you were in junior high, I was reminded), I wrote an article for ­Stormwater ­magazine called “Stormwater ­Paradigms.”

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