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Following major floods in January 2014 Marina Pacheco, the chief executive of the UK Mammal Society, recommended that the UK Government promote beaver reintroductions as a means of reducing flood risk in the future. “Restoring the beaver to Britain’s rivers would bring huge benefits in terms of flood alleviation. These unpaid river engineers would quickly […]

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A recent New York Times Opinion piece by Yvon Chouinard titled “Tear Down ‘Deadbeat’ Dams,” rightly questions the values and highlights the environmental risks associated with dams, underlining that the benefits “for water use, flood control and electricity – can now be met more effectively without continuing to choke entire watersheds.” He goes on to […]

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With unpredictable weather patterns becoming the new normal, it may be time to take a fresh look your flood risk.  At Trout Headwaters we are definitely seeing a distinct increase in the number of emergency calls we receive.  When a structure or critical resource is under threat of flooding time is of the essence. Streams, […]

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When rivers flood severely enough that there is loss of life, it’s not too long before emergency meetings are held to discuss new flood control measures.  Often these measures include armoring riverbanks.  Although a tragedy, the recent floods near Boulder, Colo. could have been worse. Some of Boulder’s protection could be attributed to Gilbert White, […]

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Just a few months ago, Boulder, Colorado was in the grip of yet another drought, reports TIME magazine online, and the state also experienced its worst wildfire on record earlier this year. But after days of heavy rainfall that the National Weather Service called “biblical,” drought and fire are the last things that Boulder and […]

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from Greenbiz.com One defining characteristic of a city is that it is full of hard surfaces. Streets, sidewalks, buildings and bridges shed water when it rains. All that water has to go somewhere, and it usually gets there fast. So for a city to function more like a forest or a field, step one is […]

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Author Kelli Barrett writing for Ecosystem Marketplace summarizes the new White House’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) recent updates to the 1983 Principles and Guidelines on Water and Land Related Resources and Implementation Studies.  The updates focus on an ecosystem services approach to the evaluation process, while previous guidelines focused almost exclusively on economic factors. […]

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Anywhere it rains, it can flood. Many conditions can result in a flood: hurricanes , overtopped levees, outdated or clogged drainage systems and rapid accumulation of rainfall. Just because you haven’t experienced a flood in the past, doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. Flood risk isn’t just based on history, it’s also based on […]

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Healthy floodplains are nature’s buffer against weather extremes. The San Francisco Chronicle reports on an innovative project  in the San Joaquin Valley  combining  flood management with ecosystem restoration.  The plan includes the purchase of an existing ranch by a nonprofit group called River Partners. The $10 million project is expected to take 10 years to […]

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The cleanup of the Bronx River helped blunt the impact of Hurricane Sandy write JOSÉ SERRANO AND JOHN F. CALVELLI in Crain’s (http://www.crainsnewyork.com) The tristate area is only beginning to recover from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy.  As we assess the damage and how we prepare for a future storm, it is worth noting […]

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