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waterloop #108: Navigating the Flood with Erica DePalma and Caroline Koch

Intense rainfall driven by climate change, impervious surfaces like concrete and asphalt, and aging water infrastructure are part of the formula causing communities across the country to face increased flooding and stormwater runoff. Many municipalities need assistance with planning, management, and funding. Navigate the Flood is a new step-by-step guide and list of technical and financial resources to help tackle flooding and stormwater challenges, as discussed in this episode with Erica Depalma, Research Program Coordinator at the Water Center at Penn, and Caroline Koch, Water Policy Director at the WaterNow Alliance. Erica and Caroline explain that the guide is useful for officials and staff in local government, it outlines five steps to increase resilience, and has helpful examples from communities such as New Orleans; Sheboygan, Wis.; San Mateo, Calif.; and Camden, N.J.

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Manzoor Ahmad Malik
Manzoor Ahmad Malik
Aug 02, 2021

There are several reasons of urban flooding in developing world:

1) Communication development agencies have no coordination with Water and Sanitation agencies. Natural waterways are blocked by the communication development infrastructure resulting in urban flooding. 3) Horizontal urbanization is preferred over vertical for residential plots price hike, whereas drainage infrastructure is not upgraded alongside. 4) There is no convention of incentive based tree plantation campaign. Private sector is supposed to be given incentive and allotted public land for plantation. 5) Roof top rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharge is supposed to be promoted adopting regulatory measures. 6) Low lying areas trapped in constructed surroundings be connected with natural water ways through tunnels for rapid drainage of storm water. 7) Storm water drains may …



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