Opinion: Feds should focus on natural solutions in flood preparation
Our country faces a flood crisis. More people and places are at risk, with climate-induced flooding threatening widespread social, environmental and economic impacts. We need a holistic approach to reduce flood risk now. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has focused on building levees, spillways and hardened infrastructure to address episodic storm events. But, by focusing solely on storm surge, they leave millions exposed to chronic flooding from sea level rise, tides and extreme rainfall. … Coastal areas experience flooding from rising seas, storm surge, rainfall, and swelling rivers and streams.
-Written by Natalie Snider, associate vice president of Climate Resilient Coasts and Watersheds at Environmental Defense Fund; and David Lewis, executive director of Save The Bay.