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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Free “State of Green Business” Report Lists Water Risk as a Top Trend

“State of Green Business” is Greenbiz.com’s seventh annual assessment of corporate sustainability trends and metrics. In the free report (download here), Greenbiz identifies the 10 Top Sustainable Business Trends of 2014. Toppping the list in the 108-page document is “Collaboration Becomes an Accelerator.” Rather than reinventing the wheel on every…

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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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Head for the Hills! Will Climate Change Put You Underwater?

Climate scientists predict that sea levels will rise by three feet — and could rise by as much as five feet — by the year 2100. What does this mean for some of the world’s coastal cities, or your favorite beach?  The map below allows you to explore the regions…

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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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Dammed If You Do…Green River Dam Spawns Heated Debate

As reported by the Greenfield, Mass. Reporter, a small, 77-year-old timber crib dam that spans the Green River at Meridian Street is once again attracting a lot of attention. There are differing opinions about what should happen with the dam, and after five years of study and planning nothing has…

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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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The “Johnny Willowseed” Approach to Stream Restoration Is Both Practical and Low Cost

Just as Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman) made practical and lasting contributions to apple production in the U.S., our firm strives to make practical and lasting contributions to stream and river restoration, often through plantings of willow and other native riparian species. In 1995, Trout Headwaters, Inc (THI) was founded to…

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