Floodplain Development

March 21, 2019, 7am PDT
A study released this week by the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium ( the University of Houston, the Kinder Institute, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and more) raises concerns that new floodplain regulations could harm renters.
The Houston Chronicle
December 29, 2018, 9am PST
Two hurricanes later, residents of North Carolina aren't so willing to deny the need to do something about the effects of climate change. A Democratic governor and a changing State Legislature have already produced action.
Inside Climate News
August 21, 2018, 10am PDT
More Americans are moving to high-risk flood zones as environmental deregulation wins the day.
Governing
April 26, 2018, 10am PDT
The city of Houston approved a new development that doesn't meet new elevations standards approved by the city of Houston earlier this month.
Houston Chronicle
April 9, 2018, 6am PDT
It was the city's "first major regulatory response" to Hurricane Harvey.
Houston Chronicle
November 26, 2017, 7am PST
Harris County, home to Houston and the scene of widespread devastation during Hurricane Harvey and other weather events, will make large-scale changes to development regulations on floodplains for the first time in almost 20 years.
Houston Chronicle
October 3, 2017, 1pm PDT
Zoning might not have saved Houston from Harvey, but a strong floodplain ordinance would have, according to an opinion piece published in the Houston Chronicle.
Houston Chronicle
March 10, 2011, 9am PST
Drastic flooding inundated Queensland, Australia, and damaged many of the city's buildings. As recovery begins, some are rethinking the city's development patterns.
Architectural Record
December 17, 2009, 1pm PST
The former site of the Mustang Ranch turns out to be an important piece of a floodplain restoration project in Nevada, and was inadvertently preserved because of the presence of the famous brothel.
The New York Times
June 12, 2009, 12pm PDT
Florence County Planning officials recently updated the county's land-use element of the comprehensive plan, which would require review of development taking place in floodplains.
SC Now
October 1, 2008, 7am PDT
In an effort to protect endangered salmon in the Pacific Northwest, the National Marine Fisheries Service is calling for a building moratorium near rivers in the Puget Sound region.
Seattle Post Intelligencer
September 13, 2008, 11am PDT
Floodplain development has proven time and time again to be big trouble when heavy rains come. But in Britain, that's not stopping it.
Guardian
August 14, 2008, 6am PDT
New modeling software could soon be available that would allow monitoring across the internet of flood levels in specific areas- like your backyard.
Popular Mechanics
June 19, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>This article from <em>The Christian Science Monitor</em> looks at how development, farm practices, and population growth have increased the risk of flooding.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
April 15, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>An Army Corps of Engineers flood control project in south-central Mississippi is in danger of being vetoed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But supporters have not given up hope.</p>
The New York Times
April 8, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Despite official calls following the 1993 floods along the Mississippi to remove development from flood plains, more housing and retail developments continue to be built along vulnerable areas.</p>
AlterNet
March 24, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>The editor of <em>Grist</em>'s recent series on the Army Corps of Engineers and the Mississippi River offers some thoughts about the future challenges and issues facing the region.</p>
Grist
March 20, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Flooding in the Mississippi River floodplain in Missouri caused federal officials to call for the removal of buildings and homes in the threatened area in 1993. But now, development is being allowed in the same flood-prone areas.</p>
Grist