Archive for Flooding

Man-made wetlands can solve flooding, drought problems

February 6, Saskatoon StarPhoenix:

Prairie municipalities preparing for a hotter future, with increasing spring floods and summer drought, need to invest in “green infrastructure” the head of Winnipeg’s Prairie Climate Centre says.

“Green infrastructure is the ability of the landscape, if well managed, to absorb the shocks of climate change, both flood and drought … Investment in green infrastructure is a critical form of climate adaptation,” said Hank Venema, an environmental system engineer who head the Climate Centre at the University of Winnipeg. Read more.

Cautious optimism ahead of Manitoba’s next flood forecast

January 27, CBC News:

Unseasonably warm weather over the last few weeks has many throughout the province hopeful that the upcoming flood forecast will leave them a little more optimistic than January’s did.

The hydrologic forecast centre is set to release its updated February flood forecast Monday — and after January’s forecast indicated that Southwestern Manitoba, including the Red, Pembina, Souris, Roseau and lower Assiniboine rivers were at risk of major flooding — many have their fingers crossed for drier conditions. Read more.

The dam truth: Climate change means more Lake Orovilles

February 16, Grist:

Just two years ago, Lake Oroville was so dry that submerged archaeological artifacts were starting to resurface. That was in the middle of California’s epic drought — the worst in more than a millennium.

And then the rains came. This winter is on track to become Northern California’s soggiest on record. A key precipitation index is running more than a month ahead of the previous record pace, set in the winter of 1982–1983 (records go back to 1895). Lake Oroville is so full that it spilled over for the first time, spurring evacuations downstream. Read more.

Preparations for Spring Flooding Underway on Red River

February 15, CJOB:

Although spring may be several weeks away, ice cutting machines are preparing for work on the Red River.

Equipment will be on the ice near the mouth of the river early next week and will slowly work its way upstream toward Selkirk.

Amphibex ice breakers will follow suit shortly after.

The province is trying to minimize ice jams before they become a serious problem during spring flooding. Original Article.