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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.

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

Residents of Toledo, OH, have always seen water as a very important asset, says Patekka Bannister, commissioner of plant operations and chief of water resources for the Toledo Department of Public Utilities. There is water everywhere you look in Toledo, she says. “In terms of trade, a lot of the

Reader Profile: Sean Payne

Reader Profile: Sean Payne

Payne Construction Services in Strafford, NH, dates to the late 1950s when Kenneth Payne jacked up cottages along the Massachusetts and New Hampshire coastline. His son Brian Payne officially started the family-owned and operated business in 1974, expanding services beyond coastal jacking to include bridge jacking, commercial lifting, raising and

Geotracking

Geotracking

Do you know where your assets are?” Chris Stern, director at Trimble Water, asks water utilities. Infrastructure is constantly being built over, and often there are only hand-drawn sketches available to pinpoint its location. Even in cases where good records are kept, such as Los Angeles, they’re still not digital.

Natural Stream Channel Restoration

Natural Stream Channel Restoration

EPA protects water quality by regulating municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) to reduce the pollutants that stormwater runoff carries into storm sewers. Nonpoint source pollutants from impervious surfaces such as oil, grease (hydrocarbons), heavy metals from vehicles and atmospheric deposition, fertilizers, pesticides, and sediments are commonly picked up by

River Vision: Denver’s South Platte Communities Transformed

River Vision: Denver’s South Platte Communities Transformed

Collaborative construction delivery models such as construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC) with preconstruction services are increasingly proving beneficial to owners and contractors. City and County of Denver’s River Vision is a stunning example of how these methods are providing increased value.

The Damage After the Floods

The Damage After the Floods

The East Coast is under siege this week with widespread flooding. Seasonal flooding is common, but what’s unusual about this week’s storms is the sheer size of the area they cover; nearly 700 miles of coastline and cities farther inland are affected. As in other floods over the past several

Enough to Go Around

Enough to Go Around

Earlier this year, we discussed Cape Town, South Africa’s extreme water crisis. Three years of drought, population expansion, and insufficient planning brought the city to the brink of cutting off municipal water supplies and imposing emergency rationing, also known as “Day Zero.” Thanks to extreme conservation efforts, Day Zero has

Reconnecting Floodplains

Reconnecting Floodplains

It’s getting harder to predict the weather. As this New York Times article points out, “Researchers say it is unclear whether climate change will make California drier or wetter on average. What is more certain is that the state will increasingly whipsaw between extremes, with drier dry years, wetter wet

Geotracking

Geotracking

Do you know where your assets are?” Chris Stern, director at Trimble Water, asks water utilities. Infrastructure is constantly being built over, and often there are only hand-drawn sketches available to pinpoint its location. Even in cases where good records are kept, such as Los Angeles, they’re still not digital.

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