Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Island Press; 2 edition (September 9, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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This book provides a systematic approach to floodplain management, including the right questions to ask, and how to stay appropriate to scale, consider a mix of options, and include everyone fairly, and consider risk, while realistically facing budget limitations. A wide variety of tools are discussed, such as traditional engineered devices like dams and levies, natural systems such as wetlands or meandering river configurations that hold more water, and strategies such as retreat from floodplains. These tools are so different in character that it can be difficult to consider them together. The great thing about the process proposed in this book is that it provides a way to do that. Case studies illustrate how to use systematic steps to pick from these tools, and combine them, to create good solutions for unique circumstances. There is even a chapter on the I-5 floods in the Chehalis River basin in the state of Washington. I recommend this book to anyone making decisions about floodplain management. This book is very technical, and not light reading, but written to be accessible even if you are not an engineer or hydrologist.
An important presentation on enlightened thought about and practice of floodplain management and flood control. Wise and sensible.
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