Reducing Future Flood Losses The Role of Human Actions. Facing the 21 st Century Flood Challenge: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going? A Disasters Roundtable The National Academies Washington, DC March 2, 2004 Gerald E. Galloway, Jr., PE, PhD Titan Corporation.
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Reducing Future Flood LossesThe Role of Human Actions
Facing the 21st Century Flood Challenge: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?
A Disasters Roundtable
The National Academies
March 2, 2004
Gerald E. Galloway, Jr., PE, PhD
Floods Have been Around for a Long Time
Floods Were Part of Early North American History
And More Recent US History
And People Tried to Deal wit the Flood Challenge
Congress Set the Policy
Engineered Structures Have Provided Protection to Millions
While Some Thought of Other Approaches
Unified National Program
But Flood Damages Continue to Grow -
And Many Blame the Engineering
St. Louis, 1993
Grand Forks, ND, 1997
LaCrosse, WI, 2001
Upland and Floodplain Development Has Substantially Altered the Natural Environment
Miss and Red Fllods
People and Property Are at Risk in the Floodplain
Greater National Awareness of Flood Threat
State and Local Attention to Floodplain Management
Relocations and Land Acquisitions
Increased Attention to Natural Resources
Growth in Use of Technology
NFIP Review Underway
Addressing Policies that:
Water Resources Professionals Must Continue to be Involved
We Can Make the Difference!