Flood Control

  • The wild life

    While the goal of Sarasota County's flood control project was simple—reroute stormwater around homes and into creeks—it produced an unexpected, but welcome, byproduct: luring birds back to the wildlife-barren land.

  • For the Birds

    Sarasota County had a problem: Farmers modified the land decades ago to retain water and nourish crops. Because it sloped to the south, excess water flowed in that direction. As developers paved the land to build new homes, the ground's ability to absorb water greatly decreased.

  • Green grants for rain gardens

    A new program in the Chicago suburbs is getting residents to help with the heavy work of improving the village's stormwater system.

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    Are You Holding Water Correctly?

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    Leaving the levees behind

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    Phase II: Now what?

    Your municipality is in the midst of its first NPDES Phase II permit. What should you expect for the next one?

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    Tunnel vision

    Homeowners don't like it when their basements repeatedly flood after heavy rains, and they don't want to hear excuses about poor sewer conditions. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) heard these complaints, and by 1998, the agency had made the Northwest Side Relief Sewer (NWSRS)...

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    Highway project lands award

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    Keeping the ‘Red’ out

    Most rivers in the continental United States flow south to warmer waters. An exception to that rule is the north-flowing Red River of the North. The Red River empties into Canada's Lake Winnipeg and, eventually, into Hudson Bay. In spring 1997, the river's northern destination played a major role...


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