Tuesday, January 14, 2014

If you’re worried about floods, look upstream

Photos: Karsten Heuer and Katie Morrison

If you’re worried about floods, look upstream

By Karsten Heuer and Katie Morrison, Calgary Herald January 9, 2014

When the Bow, Elbow, Sheep and Highwood rivers raged through Calgary and area in June, racking up billions of dollars in da
mages and disrupting thousands of lives, most homeowners probably weren’t thinking about what this disaster had to do with natural areas upstream.

But before our government starts developing elaborate multimillion-dollar flood control projects, such as tunnels, channels and dams, it should look instead at the potential payoff of better protecting our headwater forests.

Read article here: http://bit.ly/1d4QAWR

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