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Remapping Montecito: FEMA establishing new ‘hazard zones’ and 100-year-flood elevations

By | 2018-04-04T02:06:40-06:00 July 30th, 2018|Engineering, Hydrology, Land Survey|

Last week, the owners of a one-story house on Santa Elena Lane sought preliminary approval from the Montecito Board of Architectural Review for an 800-square-foot addition and a new wall in the front yard to deflect floodwaters from Montecito Creek. The 1/9 Debris Flow carried mud right up to the house but not inside. The

Straight talk on the practice of civil engineering and green infrastructure

By | 2018-04-04T01:09:40-06:00 June 18th, 2018|Engineering, Storm Water|

Civil engineers who work in the field of stormwater management are facing considerable challenges, from regulatory agencies who are adopting green infrastructure approaches to extreme weather events that are challenging baseline assumptions. We caught up with Elizabeth Fassman Beck, who teaches at Steven’s Technical Institute in Hoboken NJ and is the Chair of the Environment

Could Houston’s leaders learn from Tulsa after Hurricane Harvey?

By | 2017-12-20T15:28:32-06:00 December 19th, 2017|Construction, Engineering, Hydrology, Storm Water|

Experts on flooding agree that it’s a terrible idea to build in or along these channels of cascading floodwater. But Harris County and Houston have allowed 20,000 parcels worth $13.5 billion to be developed in or along them, a Houston Chronicle investigation reveals. Read the first, second and third part of our Developing Storm series here.