What Your Ecological Assessment Should Tell You

It’s impossible to know where you are going without understanding where you stand right now. Unfortunately, in the relatively new industry of stream, river and wetland restoration, there are individuals and companies making recommendations, and even performing work, without properly evaluating the current condition of the resource. Baseline assessment can…

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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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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 Many conditions can result in a flood: hurricanes , overtopped levees, outdated or clogged drainage systems and rapid accumulation of rainfall.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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Know Your Risk: Floodwaters Can Transform Small Streams into Raging Rivers

All streams and rivers are subject to flooding.  In mountainous areas, it’s typically annual spring flooding.  But other regions experience heavy rain events at other times of the year that can very quickly turn a peaceful stream into a raging torrent.  At THI we often help prospective landowners determine if…

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Bringing Back the San Joaquin Valley Floodplain

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…

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Op-Ed: Restoring waterways is crucial

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…

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