Will Big Data Help Save Our Water?

Michael Sullivan from IBM writes on the Forbes Blog http://www.forbes.com/ :  “Massive forces are refashioning the relationship between humans and water.” Noting the current challenges presented by climate change, floods, droughts, population growth and increasing urbanization. “That’s why some countries and cities are getting very smart, very fast, not only about how…

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Midwest Flooding On the Rise

The journal Nature Climate Change points out that those who live in the U.S. Midwest are no strangers to devastating floods. Last summer, according to the journal, the region was “inundated with two month’s worth of rainfall in just one week, submerging farms and killing crops. Torrential downpours following a drought in Illinois in 2013…

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Flood Alleviation – Unpaid Engineers to Restore Floodplains

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…

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Yvon Chouinard: Tear Down ‘Deadbeat’ Dams

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…

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“Emergency Response” for Streams and Rivers Becoming More Common

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…

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Father of Floodplain Management Said, “Build Away from Floodplains”

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…

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The Science Behind Colorado’s Catastrophic Floods

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…

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How a City Can Be More Like a Forest

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…

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New White House Water Resource Guidelines Are Not “Rules” – Will They Make a Difference?

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…

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Flooding and Floodrisks Defined at FloodSmart.gov

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…

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