Flood Mitigation

Texas Flood

Texas Flood Plan Shows One in Six Residents Live With Flood Risk

One-fourth of the state’s land falls within 100-year or 500-year floodplains.

May 29, 2024 - The Texas Tribune

Paved bike path on top of earthen dike levee along Mississippi River in Louisiana.

Louisiana Coastal Protection Agency Under Threat

The state’s new governor wants to shrink the power of the agency, which has spearheaded essential flood protection and mitigation efforts since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

May 29, 2024 - The Washington Post

View of Hollywood Reservoir with palm trees in foreground and Los Angeles neighobrhoods in background.

California's Stormwater Potential

A new study reveals that if California could collect and treat more stormwater in cities, it could provide enough water to supply a quarter of the state’s urban population.

March 4, 2024 - Cal Matters

Aerial view of coastal Oregon town.

NOAA Releases High-Resolution Coastal Data

The new data can help communities identify risks and assess potential land use impacts in coastal areas.

January 29, 2024 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Orange and white barrels with yellow caution tape blocking flooded road.

North Carolina Is Building an Online Tool to Quantify Outcomes of Flood Projects

The tool will allow local planners to evaluate impacts of flooding and prioritize projects with the biggest return on investment.

January 28, 2024 - Governing

Green metal bridge over Columbia River between Oregon and Washington against cloudy sky.

High-Profile Infrastructure Megaprojects for 2024

Federal funding is fueling a binge of major infrastructure projects spanning transportation, flood mitigation, and airport infrastructure.

January 17, 2024 - Construction Dive

Concrete flood control infrastructure under construction in New York City.

New York Flood Control Plan Takes Lessons From the Dutch

The Netherlands has a long history of flood mitigation. U.S. cities, threatened by coastal flooding and erosion, are taking note.

December 24, 2023 - E360

Sunset view of Williamsburg Bridge from East River Park walkway next to river with one jogger.

East River Floodgates Rising in NYC

A tour of new infrastructure designed to protect the city’s East Side from catastrophic flooding.

November 6, 2023 - Curbed

Blue rain barrel full of water in a green garden with pink flowers in foreground.

Flood Resilience Through Green Infrastructure

Cities like New York and Los Angeles are moving to build green infrastructure as the need for spongier urban spaces becomes more apparent.

October 10, 2023 - Wired

Aerial view of coastal development and bright blue ocean in Kaua'i, Hawai'i.

Kaua’i County Uses Long-Range Models to Mandate Resiliency Standards

The county requires builders to assess potential flood risks using models that account for sea level rise projected as far out as 2100.

September 28, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Map of Panther Island flood control project

Report: Fort Worth’s Panther Island Should Emphasize Mixed Use, Walkability

Originally planned as a primarily residential development, the riverfront development could shift to a focus on entertainment, commerce, and outdoor recreation.

August 10, 2023 - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Sepia-toned photo of flooded street with residential home

Chicago Flood Mitigation Scrambles to Keep up With Climate Change

The city’s geography and the growing intensity of storms due to climate change are making it difficult for local officials to prevent neighborhood flooding and wastewater spills.

July 20, 2023 - Governing

Aerial view of San Gabriel River where it meets the ocean in Long Beach, California

L.A. County Calls for Flood Control Improvements

Recently revealed estimates put far more people in the region at risk for catastrophic flooding than previously thought.

December 8, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

View of Austin, Texas skyline at dusk with Colorado River and bridge in foreground

New Green Development Rules Take Effect in Austin

The city updated its development code to include more robust protection for local wetlands and stricter sustainable stormwater infrastructure requirements.

November 10, 2022 - Urbanize Austin

Sandwich sign with "Flooded" and "CIty of Los Angeles Dept of Rec and Parks" sits in ground near orange traffic cone

The True Scale of Flood Hazard Facing Los Angeles

New research sheds light on how L.A.’s aging and poorly maintained infrastructure is putting hundreds of thousands more residents in flood hazard zones than previously estimated.

November 2, 2022 - The New York Times

Aerial view of East Boston shoreline

Study To Assess Climate Mitigation Options for East Boston

A grant-funded research team will evaluate solutions for shoring up the area’s flood protection strategies and improving access and service on the Blue Line for local residents.

October 4, 2022 - Streetsblog Massachusetts


How To Equitably Distribute Green Infrastructure

As more urban surfaces are developed and covered with impermeable materials, the importance of green infrastructure like bioswales and permeable pavement is growing.

April 19, 2022 - Portland State University

Flooding at the Whitehall Street station, New York

New York City Plans To Boost Resilience Against Floods

How the city is taking action on green infrastructure and stormwater projects to protect neighborhoods from the rising risk of catastrophic flooding.

April 17, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab


FEMA Flood Mitigation Initiative Will Pay Homeowners To Move

The Swift Current grant program will distribute $60 million to homeowners in high-risk counties to help pay for flood mitigation measures or relocation.

March 24, 2022 - Grist

Magellanterassen at HafenCity, Hamburg, Germany

Living With Flooding in a German Port Town

A riverside neighborhood in Hamburg embraces flooding as part of its resilience planning, using old techniques to protect modern communities.

December 24, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

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