Floodplain Management: A New Approach for a New Era

Floodplain Management: A New Approach for a New Era

by Bob Freitag, Susan Bolton, Frank Westerlund, Julie Clark
     
 

ISBN-10: 1597266345

ISBN-13: 9781597266345

Pub. Date: 09/30/2009

Publisher: Island Press

A flooding river is very hard to stop. Many residents of the United States have discovered this the hard way. Right now, over five million Americans hold flood insurance policies from the National Flood Insurance Program, which estimates that flooding causes at least six billion dollars in damages every year. Like rivers after a rainstorm, the financial costs are

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Overview

A flooding river is very hard to stop. Many residents of the United States have discovered this the hard way. Right now, over five million Americans hold flood insurance policies from the National Flood Insurance Program, which estimates that flooding causes at least six billion dollars in damages every year. Like rivers after a rainstorm, the financial costs are rising along with the toll on residents. And the worst is probably yet to come. Most scientists believe that global climate change will result in increases in flooding.

 

The authors of this book present a straightforward argument: the time to stop a flooding rivers is before is before it floods. Floodplain Management outlines a new paradigm for flood management, one that emphasizes cost-effective, long-term success by integrating physical, chemical, and biological systems with our societal capabilities. It describes our present flood management practices, which are often based on dam or levee projects that do not incorporate the latest understandings about river processes. And it suggests that a better solution is to work with the natural tendencies of the river: retreat from the floodplain by preventing future development (and sometimes even removing existing structures); accommodate the effects of floodwaters with building practices; and protect assets with nonstructural measures if possible, and with large structural projects only if absolutely necessary.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597266345
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
09/30/2009
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
 
Chapter 1. Floods Are Not the Problem
-Case Study: Louisa County, Iowa
 
Chapter 2. A New Vocabulary
-Case Study: Snoqualmie, Washington
 
Chapter 3. Rivers and Floodplains
-Case Study: Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin
 
Chapter 4. Natural Processes Must Drive Solutions
-Case Study: New York, New York
 
Chapter 5. Our Relationship to Rivers
-Case Study: Chicago, Illinois
 
Chapter 6. Approaches: Structural and Nonstructural
-Case Study: Buck Hollow River, Oregon
 
Chapter 7. Capabilities and Tools
-Case Study: Davenport, Iowa
 
Chapter 8. Strategies: Work with, Not against, Rivers
-Case Study: Flooding of I-5 in Washington
 
Chapter 9. Choosing the Best Strategy
-Case Study: Tulsa, Oklahoma
 
Chapter 10. What's Next?
-Case Study: Rivergrove
 
Appendix A: National Flood Insurance Program
-Case Study: Fife, Washington
Appendix B: Floodplain Designer's Tool Kit
Appendix C: Further Reading

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