Was Maryland’s flash flood a sign of what the future has in store?

A sudden and intense storm rocked a quiet Maryland town recently, causing catastrophic damage and several deaths. In a Grist.org blog post, Andrea Thompson reports “the streets of Ellicott City, Maryland became raging rivers …”, “with cars tossed around like toy boats after nearly six inches of rain fell in…

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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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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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