What to Do With Too Much Water

By any measure, 2017 was a catastrophic year for natural disasters. In the U.S., the damage done by hurricanes, wildfires, floods and other severe weather events totaled more than $300 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — the costliest year on record.

And more extreme weather is yet to come.

 

It’s not just the headline-making disasters that make an impact. What happened in Houston, Texas, is a magnification of a sweeping, universal issue. Development from rapidly growing populations has stressed watersheds and natural drainage patterns. And the methods typically deployed over the past century to manage the flow of water can’t keep up, especially in severe weather conditions.

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