Tag: floodplain management

Floodplain management is the operation of a community program of corrective and preventative measures for reducing flood damage. These measures take a variety of forms and generally include zoning, subdivision, or building requirements, and special-purpose floodplain ordinances.

Stream Buffers 101

Stream Buffers 101

Stream buffers are natural areas adjacent to streams and waterways that remain free of ­devel­opment, con­struction, or other alterations and play an important role in maintaining predevelopment water quality. The riparian vegetation stabilizes stream channels, provides terrestrial and aquatic habitat, slows runoff rates, reduces runoff volume, and filters development runoff.

Stream Buffers

Stream Buffers

Stream buffers are natural areas adjacent to streams and waterways that remain free of ­devel­opment, con­struction, or other alterations and play an important role in maintaining predevelopment water quality. The riparian vegetation stabilizes stream channels, provides terrestrial and aquatic habitat, slows runoff rates, reduces runoff volume, and filters development runoff.

Reader Profile: Ken MacKenzie

Reader Profile: Ken MacKenzie

It was beer that led Ken MacKenzie, P.E., CFM, to his job as master planning manager for the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District (UDFCD) in Denver, CO. Years ago, he became proficient in home-brewing beer, fascinated by its biological, chemical, and physical processes. In his ongoing efforts for better

New Executive Order on Flood Risk Management

President Obama issued a new Executive Order Jan. 30 that proposes a new Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, which the Association of State Floodplain Managers says will ultimately help reduce flood losses and taxpayer costs. Two federal coordinating groups that deal with floodplain management issues- Federal Interagency Floodplain Management Task

New Executive Order on Flood Risk Management

President Obama issued a new Executive Order Jan. 30 that proposes a new Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, which the Association of State Floodplain Managers says will ultimately help reduce flood losses and taxpayer costs. Two federal coordinating groups that deal with floodplain management issues– Federal Interagency Floodplain Management Task

How Many Utilities?

How Many Utilities?

Few entities have been so maligned and misunderstood as stormwater utilities. Too many of them have been put down before they’ve had a chance to get going, felled by legal challenges from homeowners and businesses alike. Although utilities can be an effective way to generate money for stormwater services, infrastructure,

The 500-Year Flood, One Year Later

The 500-Year Flood, One Year Later

In the early hours of September 12, 2013, an automated call from the Early Flood Warning System in Loveland, CO, went directly to Kevin Gingery’s cell phone. Gingery is the senior civil engineer for the city and functions as the floodplain manager. This was the first low-level alarm on the

Cleaner Streets

Cleaner Streets

Street sweeping is such a basic task performed by municipalities and other governmental agencies that it can be taken for granted by local residents. It is, after all, simple enough for a child to watch and understand. That simplicity can obscure its importance in reducing pollution in stormwater runoff and

Reader Profile: Dusty Williams

Reader Profile: Dusty Williams

It is said that all politics is local, but Dusty Williams knows that it sometimes calls for taking a seat at national tables where trickle-down decisions are made. He’s done just that. Williams is general manager and chief engineer of the Riverside (California) County Flood Control and Water Conservation District,

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