U. S. Flood Control Program Challenges for the Social and Environmental Sciences
|Series:||Conversations in Conflict Studies|
|Location:||Crouse Hinds 010|
|Date:||Tue, Apr 26, 2011
Formalized in 1936, the Omnibus Flood Control Act as programs of upstream flood prevention by the
fledgling Soil Conservation Service and downstream flood control by the Army Corps of Engineers. The
flood control missions of both agencies are embodied in questionable missions based on the role of floods
that wreak havoc with riverine environments, as well as economic, policy, and political strategies now and
in the future. This flood control program is built on truncated and consequently erroneous observation
about floods, as well as a lack of understanding of the nature of flood definition and occurrence
frequency, nonproductive methods of economic analysis (also promulgated in the 1936 Flood Control
Act), and flagrant violation of fundamental physics, and needs major attention; the evidence which
validates this is overwhelming. A proposed alternative approach would enable and celebrate natural
floods, would manage their hydrological values and not attempt to control them, and ultimately lessen
and/or do away with major current and future economic and political problems.
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