Reconnect Floodplains to Rivers Before Nature Does It for You

December 10, 2009

Clark School’s Galloway Among Engineers and Scientists Recommending River Reconnection to Prevent Flooding Disasters

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following news advisory was released by the A. James Clark School of Engineering:

WHAT: In the next issue of Science, five scientists and engineers recommend converting certain areas, now protected from low-level flooding, into natural flood dissipation areas in order to prevent flooding disasters that are normally the result of levee breaks and other failures of existing flood-prevention infrastructure. This floodplain reconnection will help alleviate the consequences of flooding when it occurs by encouraging flood-tolerant land uses in the floodplain areas and by providing more areas for water to go when rivers crest. In the article, the researchers suggest methods for negotiating the political and economic roadblocks that must be overcome to implement their plan and provide a case study of a successful floodplain reconnection: California’s Yolo Bypass of the Sacramento River.

WHO: Engineers and scientists, including the Clark School’s Gerry Galloway, Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, propose this method of preventing disastrous floods.

WHERE: “Sustainable Floodplains through Large-Scale Reconnection to Rivers,” Manuscript Number: science.1178256

WHEN: December 11, 2009

About the A. James Clark School of Engineering

The Clark School of Engineering, situated on the rolling, 1,500-acre University of Maryland campus in College Park, Md., is one of the premier engineering schools in the U.S.

The Clark School’s graduate programs are collectively the fastest rising in the nation. In U.S. News & World Report‘s annual rating of graduate programs, the school is 17th among public and private programs nationally, 9th among public programs nationally and first among public programs in the mid-Atlantic region. The School offers 13 graduate programs and 12 undergraduate programs, including degree and certification programs tailored for working professionals.

The school is home to one of the most vibrant research programs in the country. With major emphasis in key areas such as communications and networking, nanotechnology, bioengineering, reliability engineering, project management, intelligent transportation systems and space robotics, as well as electronic packaging and smart small systems and materials, the Clark School is leading the way toward the next generations of engineering advances.

Visit the Clark School homepage at www.eng.umd.edu.

SOURCE A. James Clark School of Engineering

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