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A flooding river is very hard to stop. Many residents of the United States have discovered this the hard way. Right now, over five million Americans hold flood insurance policies from the National Flood Insurance Program, which estimates that flooding causes at least six billion dollars in damages every year. Like rivers after a rainstorm, the financial costs are rising along with the toll on residents. And the worst is probably yet to come. Most scientists believe that global climate change will result in increases in flooding.

 

The authors of this book present a straightforward argument: the time to stop a flooding rivers is before is before it floods. Floodplain Management outlines a new paradigm for flood management, one that emphasizes cost-effective, long-term success by integrating physical, chemical, and biological systems with our societal capabilities. It describes our present flood management practices, which are often based on dam or levee projects that do not incorporate the latest understandings about river processes. And it suggests that a better solution is to work with the natural tendencies of the river: retreat from the floodplain by preventing future development (and sometimes even removing existing structures); accommodate the effects of floodwaters with building practices; and protect assets with nonstructural measures if possible, and with large structural projects only if absolutely necessary.

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Floodplain Management outlines a new paradigm for flood management, one that emphasizes cost-effective, long-term success by integrating physical, chemical, and biological systems with societal capabilities. It describes our present flood management practices, which are often based on dam or levee projects that do not incorporate the latest understandings about river processes. And it suggests that a better solution is to work with the natural tendencies of the river: retreat from the floodplain by preventing future development (and sometimes even removing existing structures); accommodate the effects of floodwaters with building practices; and protect assets with nonstructural measures if possible—and with large structural projects only if absolutely necessary.

About the Author

Robert Freitag is executive director of the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup and director of the Institute for Hazards Mitigation Planning & Research at the University of Washington. He has recently developed a higher education course in floodplain management for FEMA, based on the principles articulated in this book.
 
Susan Bolton is a professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Forest Resources.
 
Frank Westerlund is the chair of urban design planning at the University of Washington. Julie Clark is a geologist.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

 

Chapter 1. Floods Are Not the Problem

-Case Study: Louisa County, Iowa

 

Chapter 2. A New Vocabulary

-Case Study: Snoqualmie, Washington

 

Chapter 3. Rivers and Floodplains

-Case Study: Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin

 

Chapter 4. Natural Processes Must Drive Solutions

-Case Study: New York, New York

 

Chapter 5. Our Relationship to Rivers

-Case Study: Chicago, Illinois

 

Chapter 6. Approaches: Structural and Nonstructural

-Case Study: Buck Hollow River, Oregon

 

Chapter 7. Capabilities and Tools

-Case Study: Davenport, Iowa

 

Chapter 8. Strategies: Work with, Not against, Rivers

-Case Study: Flooding of I-5 in Washington

 

Chapter 9. Choosing the Best Strategy

-Case Study: Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

Chapter 10. What's Next?

-Case Study: Rivergrove

 

Appendix A: National Flood Insurance Program

-Case Study: Fife, Washington

Appendix B: Floodplain Designer's Tool Kit

Appendix C: Further Reading

Product Details

ISBN:
9781597266352
Author:
Freitag, Bob
Publisher:
Island Press
Author:
Westerlund, Frank
Author:
Bolton, Susan
Author:
Clark, Julie
Subject:
Floodplain management -- United States.
Subject:
Hydraulics
Subject:
Civil - Flood Control
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Planning
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Floodplain Management outlines a new paradigm for flood management, one that emphasizes cost-effective, long-term success by integrating physical, chemical, and biological systems with societal capabilities. It describes our present flood management practices, which are often based on dam or levee projects that do not incorporate the latest understandings about river processes. And it suggests that a better solution is to work with the natural tendencies of the river: retreat from the floodplain by preventing future development (and sometimes even removing existing structures); accommodate the effects of floodwaters with building practices; and protect assets with nonstructural measures if possible—and with large structural projects only if absolutely necessary.

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