"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.