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The use of riparian open space as an alternative to structural flood control measures in the United States Public Deposited

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  • Annual flood damages continue to rise in the United States in spite of massive investments in flood control structures since 1936. These increased losses can be attributed, in part, to the inherent Limitations in scope and nature of traditional "structural" approaches to flood control. Acquisition of flood plain lands is a "nonstructural" approach which reduces flood damage while preserving natural floodplain values and providing recreation potential. Selected case studies (Charles River, MA., Prarie du Chien, WI., Littleton, CO., Rapid City, SD., Baltimore County, MD., Indian Bend Wash, AZ., and the Snohomish River Basin, WA.) are presented as examples of the use of open space for flood damage reduction as an alternative to structural flood control. Open space can be viewed as a viable but underutilized approach to flood damage reduction. The Federal government has been slow to abandon traditional structural control measures. Implementation of Federal policy supporting the use of open space for flood damage has lagged behind legislative intent.
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