05 May '11, 1pm

Rivers Aren’t a Problem to be Solved. We need better flood protection strategies

Rivers Aren’t a Problem to be Solved. We need better flood protection strategies

While I completely agree with your conclusions about what needs to change in how we address flooding in our country, I would use caution with how one of your argument about the 'hydraulic' impacts of man made defenses. You say that the effects of bank armor, levees, etc. send more water (higher/stronger) downstream to another community. This isn't typically true. The larger impact are to neighboring communities and/or upstream communities, but the downstream effects are often little to none. The hydraulics of a flooding river system can get really complex, and understanding all of the controlling features and effects of specific infrastructure is not a simple matter. I often hear people affected by flooding talk about how this (berm/levee/sandbags) pushed more water onto this land or that building, or some odd description about how water flows during a flood. Most of which...

Full article: http://www.americanrivers.org/newsroom/blog/sudvardy-2011...

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