Pondering the Colorado floods on the way to GSA 2013 Denver

Pondering the Colorado floods on the way to GSA 2013 Denver

Editor’s note: This is the first blog post by our new Research Assistant, Anna Durrett. Last week’s end of the government shutdown will bring needed disaster recovery funds to Colorado.The deal that reopened the government included $450 million for rebuilding...


Never ending flood suffering.  A recipe.

Never ending flood suffering. A recipe.

This flood is causing terrible human suffering and economic loss.  In southern Illinois, thousands are in shelters, many here in Carbondale. It’s easy to focus on that suffering now, and talk about simple short-term fixes.  But only a sober view of...

The New York Times falls down on this flood.

The New York Times falls down on this flood.

As this historic flood moves through the Middle and Lower Mississippi Valley the paper of record gives us articles like this, here with my annotations. Nothing about why this flood happened, no history, no science, no informed analysis. Nothing that might prevent the...

Bigger, stronger levees are not the answer.

Bigger, stronger levees are not the answer.

Thanks to Jon Remo for this guest post. As the Mississippi River Flood of 2011 reaches the Gulf of Mexico much attention has been paid to the system of levees, floodwalls, flood retention dams and floodways constructed under the Mississippi River and Tributaries...