Tag Archives: Flooding

Buffalo Bayou Park and Designing a Resilient Future for Houston

​As Hurricane Harvey affected the Houston area, many of the most poignant and striking images shared on social media featured before-and-after scenes of the flooding. One of the many landmarks being used as a yardstick for the storm’s power is Buffalo Bayou, an urban park and greenspace. The park shows the challenges of resilient design within the Houston metro area, a floodplain that’s seen its population and development rapidly expand over the last decade. Read more... Read more

Hurricane Harvey Reinforces Need for Cities to Plan for Disaster Resiliency

​ When a community is decimated by a 1,000-year weather event, with multiple feet of rain deposited on streets, parking lots and roofs, there is no way to plan where to put the water. The water must go somewhere. Architects, designers and urban planners have been urging communities to plan for crisis-level weather events for years; Hurricane Harvey reminds cities how important that is. Read more... Read more

Houston’s ‘Wild West’ Growth

​Houston calls itself “the city with no limits” to convey the promise of boundless opportunity. But it also is the largest U.S. city to have no zoning laws, part of a hands-off approach to urban planning that may have contributed to catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey and left thousands of residents in harm’s way. Read more... Read more

How Houston’s Sprawl Makes It Harder to Cope With Storms Like Harvey

While any city would be overwhelmed by so much rain in so little time, land use in the Houston region has made a difficult situation worse. Woods and prairies that used to provide a measure of resilience against stormwater are now covered in impervious surfaces, and development has sprawled into low-lying floodprone areas, increasing the public’s exposure. Read more... Read more

Naturally Resilient Communities: Rethinking Flood Protection through Nature-based Solutions

​NACo and other key partners have collaborated to develop the Naturally Resilient Communities online guide tool to promote the role that nature-based solutions can play in helping reduce flood risk for communities, while also providing other benefits such as improved water quality, enhanced recreational opportunities and wildlife habitats, and stronger, more resilient local economies. This educational webinar will walk attendees through this online tool and the specific solutions and community case studies it highlights. Register now... Read more

Is ‘Imagine Boston 2030’ Climate Ready?

The “Imagine Boston 2030” draft describes a climate-ready city as one that “protects our existing housing and job centers and enables future resilient growth.” Enabling future resilient growth is as much about knowing where and how to grow as it is about knowing where and how not to, but Imagine Boston 2030 seems to suggest otherwise: “Many of the areas where Boston will grow are exposed to flooding risk as sea levels rise. By growing in these areas, Boston is... Read more

Changes in Landscapes and Buildings Could Help Fight Flooding

A curbside garden filled with native plants that attract and feed bees and butterflies. Roofs covered with plants that slow the flow of water. Barrels and tanks that collect the rain pouring off rooftops. Water quality experts believe that these types of landscape and design features, known as low-impact development, or LID, are both an important part of solving San Antonio’s problems with environmentally degraded waterways and flooding, particularly as the city continues to grow. Read more... Read more
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