DESIGN WITH NATURE: “It’s time we recognized the importance of intact nature and built green infrastructure as central to flood-prevention efforts,” wrote David Suzuki
Canada has a secret weapon in the fight against flooding
“Spring flooding in Canada this year upended lives, inundated city streets and swamped houses, prompting calls for sandbags, seawalls and dikes to save communities,” stated David Suzuki in an article published by the National Observer, a Canadian news website focused on news related to energy, environment, and federal politics.
“Spring floods aren’t unusual, but the intensity and frequency of recent rains are breaking records.
“When temperatures rise, the atmosphere carries more moisture so when it rains, it dumps. Climate change–related events — including floods, drought and fires — are a drain on personal finances and the economy.”
Is nature more effective than infrastructure?
“Nature absorbs rainfall and prevents excess water from overwhelming pipe networks, backing up sewers and pooling in streets and basements. Restored river channels, parkways and beaches reduce costs, add valued amenities, increase access to nature and improve community health,” explained David Suzuki.
“It’s time we recognized the importance of intact nature and built green infrastructure as central to flood-prevention efforts. Nature can help us — if we let it.”
To Learn More:
Download Canada has a secret weapon in the fight against flooding to read the complete article by David Suzuki as published in the National Observer (June 2017).