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Floodplain Management A New Approach for a New Era by Robert Freitag, Susan Bolton, Frank Westerlund, J.L.S. Clark

Floodplain Management A New Approach for a New Era

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Floodplain Management A New Approach for a New Era by Robert Freitag, Susan Bolton, Frank Westerlund, J.L.S. Clark

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.


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

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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Publication date

26th November 2009


Robert Freitag, Susan Bolton, Frank Westerlund, J.L.S. Clark

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Island Press


256 pages


Environmental management
Urban & municipal planning
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