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Floodplain Management: A New Approach for a New Era Paperback – September 9, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1597266352 ISBN-10: 1597266353 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 2 edition (September 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597266353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597266352
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #866,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A good read for the student or local official wanting to understand the range of topics making up the world of floodplain management— made interesting and real through case studies."
(Ann L. Riley watershed and river restoration advisor, California Water Boards)


"This book provides steps and processes for how we can use natural river ecosystems to reduce flood risk naturally. It also discusses ways to protect these rapidly depleting natural resources, showing how we can develop wisely, with the future in mind."
(Larry A. Larson executive director, Association of State Floodplain Managers)


"This book is a brilliant, practical approach to solving the problems we cause to people, the environment and the taxpayer as we develop and re-develop in hazardous areas throughout our nation's floodplains."
(Edward A. Thomas attorney, Michael Baker Jr., Inc.)


"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)

About the Author

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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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.
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