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The Problem with Levees By Nicholas Pinter – Scientific American – August 1, 2019 Along the great rivers of the U.S.—the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois and many others—history is tied to the syncopated rhythm of flooding. The great flood years … Continue reading

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We’ve failed to secure our coasts — we must build resilience before it’s too late By Katharine Mach – The Hill  – June 27, 2018 As record-setting rains pummel South Texas and Ellicott City struggles to recover from another deadly … Continue reading

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By Marla J. Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM Losses due to flooding and severe storm events have been and continue to be on the rise due to both naturally occurring extreme weather events and human activity. According to the National Oceanic … Continue reading

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An opinion-editorial by Kevin G. Coulton, PE[1], CFM[2] March 10, 2017 An extended article will appear in ASWM’s March/April issue of Wetland News. [1,225 words] The Trump Administration has announced an “America’s Infrastructure First” policy[3]. While I am supportive of … Continue reading

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Where Levees Fail In California, Nature Can Step In To Nurture Rivers By Lauren Sommer – npr –  March 29, 2017 After millions of dollars of flood damage and mass evacuations this year, California is grappling with how to update its … Continue reading

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By Marla J. Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM The term “natural infrastructure” is interpreted broadly and had been used to describe many different types of infrastructure – from bioswales to living shorelines and from wet meadow restoration to removal of dams … Continue reading

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Will families be protected from the next flood? By Gerrit Jöbsis – American Rivers – November 7, 2016 For decades scientists have been warning us that a warmer climate will bring more frequent and more violent storms to the Southeast. … Continue reading

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By Jeanne Christie, Executive Director, ASWM The recent flood in Louisiana has moved off the front page of the news in many areas of the country.  But recovery is just beginning for the people and communities where 150,000 homes were … Continue reading

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Be Thankful for Floodplains By Roy Schiff and Jessica Louisos – The Northfield News – August 18, 2016 We all should be more thankful for floodplains – the flat areas next to rivers where water spills onto during a flood. … Continue reading

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By Marla J. Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan with about 1,000 other folks from a variety of professional backgrounds. … Continue reading

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