The coming flood(s)

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❝ Mr. Remus controls an extraordinary machine — the dams built decades ago to tame a river system that drains parts of 10 states and two Canadian provinces. But it was designed for a different era, a time before climate change and the extreme weather it can bring.

❝ “It’s human nature to think we are masters of our environment, the lords of creation,” said Mr. Remus, who works for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. But there are limits, he said. And the storm last week that caused him so much trouble was beyond what his network of dams can control.

“It was not designed to handle this,” he said.

❝ His decisions affect the lives of countless communities and ecosystems — the cities, factories and power plants that draw water from the river; the endangered species that nest on its sandbars; the farmers who cultivate its floodplains.

Often, their interests conflict. “You’re not going to make them happy,” he said, “but you can provide them with an explanation…”

❝ Mr. Remus’s stewardship of the river is guided by a 432-page document, the Master Manual, which lays out the eight congressionally authorized purposes he must balance. They are flood control, river navigation, hydroelectric power, irrigation, water supply, water quality, recreation (such as fishing or boating), and the preservation of endangered species…

One problem with that: The Master Manual does not explicitly tell Mr. Remus which is more important. Thus the eight purposes exist in a near constant state of tension.

❝ “You can’t say that you serve all of them equally,” Mr. Remus said. The word he clings to is “balance.” But when extreme flooding looms, he said, “the balance goes away.”

Then, all that matters is flood control.

A truly interesting read. Unfortunately. For we as a nation face governance by a Congress mostly populated with cowards and an executive branch led by a greedy fool. A criminal idiot!

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6 thoughts on “The coming flood(s)

    • p/s says:

      “‘A punch in the gut’: Farmers hit by tariffs see crops swept away by flood” “In Nebraska, Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) has called the flooding “the most widespread destruction we have ever seen in our state’s history.” Iowa has more than 100,000 acres of farmland still underwater. Officials from both states say the damage estimates are more than $1 billion and counting.
      …The Mississippi will likely peak later in the week in St. Paul, Minn. Ten miles to the south, the city of Cottage Grove declared an emergency in anticipation of flooding from the river, which is expected to peak there on March 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned people to prepare for a prolonged disaster. “The stage is set for record flooding now through May,” said Mary C. Erickson, deputy director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. Edward Clark, director of NOAA’s National Water Center, called it “potentially an unprecedented flood season.”

  1. Forecaster says:

    Tuesday, March 26, 2019: Central US to be target of large storm with flooding rain, severe weather late this week. A large swath of 1-3 inches of rain is likely to fall from central Nebraska and northeastern Kansas to northern Ohio and southern Michigan with the storm from Friday to Saturday. Locally higher amounts to 5 inches are likely. Widespread river flooding has already been set into motion by prior storms, including the bomb cyclone from the middle of March and deep snowcover from the winter.

    • N'awlins says:

      The Mississippi river drains an area of about 3.2 million square kilometers, including all or many parts of 32 states and two Canadian provinces. That’s about 40 percent of the United States.

  2. Cassandra says:

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    Disastrous spring floods loom for half of the United States : Officials could order evacuations in 25 states.

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