Rally ho!  River Rally on the Mississippi 2013

Rally ho! River Rally on the Mississippi 2013

JM, Jim and Nathan, LRRD fabricators/prototypers, at River Rally 2013.  Nathan, Jim, JM and I spent last weekend exhibiting our Em2 at the River Network‘s annual River Rally. We met people from all over the country who are dedicated to river conservation —...

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...

Birds Point flood coverage, blowing a fuse.

Birds Point flood coverage, blowing a fuse.

Today the receding Mississippi and Big Muddy River let me drive to work without a long detour.  My neighbors are filling demolition dumpsters with flood damaged stuff. Flooding causes terrible human suffering and reporters rightly cover that.  Compelling...