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Floodplain Management: A New Approach for a New Era

Floodplain Management: A New Approach for a New Era

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By (author) Robert Freitag, By (author) Susan Bolton, By (author) Frank Westerlund, By (author) J.L.S. Clark

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  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 229mm x 20mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 26 November 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Washington
  • ISBN 10: 1597266345
  • ISBN 13: 9781597266345
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white line drawings, black & white tables, maps, figures

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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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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.

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"The authors help the reader to rethink flood 'problems' and 'opportunities' by posing questions that need to be answered for informed floodplain management decision-making in any context. With its analytic approach and numerous examples, this book will serve admirably as a text for anyone whose work involves floodplains."--Jon Kusler "educator, attorney, author of"Our National Wetlands Heritage" "