Rain, Development and River Management

Recently NPR featured a story about the growing frictions between development and integrated river basin management. Using the Ohio River as a point of departure, the program hosted Michael Moore, the director of transportation and engineer, Cincinnati. During the program he mentioned that “…the river sort of a very dynamic thing… so we have the sort of conundrum about how do we make projects work in and around the river”. He also pointed out that “…you can use a lot of open space and recreational space there because it can be flooded and cleaned up… but when you want to have people live close by it…you have to make certain decisions.”

Another invited guest to the program was Robyn Colosimo, the assistant for water policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works. She describes:”and so we’ve got to find that balance between where development should be occurring, and that occurs and is managed at the local level, and yet how we protect that development and protect the rivers so both the economy and the environment can thrive.”

Also in the program was Andrew Fahlund, the senior vice president for conservation, American Rivers. He asserted that: “…the river is often the greatest asset in a community. So we’ve got to find that balance. We’ve got to strike a balance where we can keep people out of harm’s way, provide disincentives for people building in the wrong places, and also make sure we’re protecting our natural defenses, things like wetlands and floodplains, which act like sponges and can absorb some of these kinds of events…”

To listen to the program please click HERE or visit the NPR Talk of the Nation website where you can also download the audio.

Text transcript credits: NPR: “Managing Rivers When Record Rains Fall” Oct, 6 2011.  NPR Talk of the Nation

General Credits: National Public Radio, 2011

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