Tag Archives | adaptation & mitigation

Big Bill For Levee Upkeep Comes To New Orleans

the US Army Corps of Engineers will hand over control of much of the city’s ~$13B levee system next summer. But with ownership/control comes responsibility, at the tune of an estimated $38M a year. Few are arguing that the city’s protective system is bad, but it’s unclear if or how the city will be able […]

How Would the Dutch Fix Our Flood Problems?

. . . not surprisingly, with less focus on recovery and more on preparation. The Dutch “way of thinking is completely different from the U.S.,” where disaster relief generally takes precedence over disaster avoidance, said Wim Kuijken, the Dutch government’s senior official for overall water control policy. “The U.S. is excellent at disaster management,” but […]

Would You Buy on the Waterfront?

The New York Times takes a look. Their conclusion? “Although real estate experts say property values are unlikely to suffer in the long term, it is possible that new zoning and planning regulations — and buyers’ expectations — could reshape how residential housing along the water is built, marketed and sold.” If by “property values” […]

Connecticut Officially Discourages Shore Armoring but is Required to Offer Alternatives

Connecticut’s new coastal management law officially discourages the use of sea walls and other structural answers to erosion, but with an interesting twist: if the state or local government denies a permit, they have to propose an alternative. It will be fascinating to see how this plays out (today is its first day). Read the […]

“What does it feel like to have your home flooded?”

Somebody on Quora.com asked “What does it feel like to have your home flooded?” The most popular response came in from a survivor from two floods in Queensland, Australia. The whole thing is worth reading, but following are a couple of sections that jumped out. The first is about how expectations affect behavior: Prior to […]

New Tool to Easily View Future Sea Levels

The United State Army Corps of Engineers has released a handy tool for calculating future sea levels based on models or rates that you pick. The process couldn’t be easier. Head over to their Comprehensive Evaluation of Projects with Respect to Sea-Level Change page. Either enter the rates you’d like to use, or select from […]