Foods stir up river sediments and can spread contaminants across the floodplain. It’s a risk in areas with a history of industrial pollution, like Maribyrnong, but EPA test results are reassuring.
Local councils are on the front line in a planning system that lacks an up-to-date planning framework to properly assess flood risks and prepare responses.
Climate change is colliding with old factory sites where soil or water contamination still exist, and the most vulnerable populations are particularly at risk.
Lismore’s residents and businesses on the floodplain need to look at relocation, not rebuilding.
A street-by-street analysis shows where the risks are rising fastest and also lays bare the inequities of who has to endure America’s crippling flood problem.
Beavers in our landscapes have great potential to provide small-scale adaptations to climate change – if humans can figure out how to live with them.
Many cities continue to allow developers to build homes in areas that have a high risk of flooding.
Floodplains are among the most productive ecosystems on the planet – they are biodiversity hotspots. That’s in large part due to periodic flooding between different parts of a river-floodplain system.
Wetlands in drylands seem impossible, but their benefits to people and wildlife are very real.
Flooding isn’t always destructive – it can be part of our toolkit for restoring ecosystems.
New risk models show nearly twice as many properties are at risk from a 100-year flood today than the government’s flood maps indicate.
Blaming flooding on an act of God wrongly absolves government and developers of their liability for poor decisions that unfairly burden taxpayers.
Residents need the necessary support to adapt their homes and make collective decisions about flood prevention.
It’s imperative that we understand what creates and sustains the delta for the future management of the system.
Today’s three-day weather forecast is as accurate as a 24-hour forecast in the 1990s. But floods are still particularly tricky to pin down.
The Australian landscape is very old and the soils in inland areas can be very fragile.
The Trump administration has proposed a major revamp of the National Flood Insurance Program since its inception in 1968. Here’s why it needs fixing.
As Hurricane Florence is expected to pound the Carolinas with significant flooding, an insurance expert explains how the program designed to help the millions affected recover.
The federal government created a program in 1968 to insure homes in the US from flooding, yet few of the houses hammered by Harvey’s record rainfall were covered.
Researchers examined credit data on the victims of Hurricane Katrina to understand how the disaster affected their personal finances, revealing important lessons for those hurt by Harvey.