“It can’t happen here”…Stormwater Management and Canadian Attitudes

With the increasing frequency of extreme weather conditions and flooding, the subject of stormwater management has made its way from primarily engineering-circle talk into the conversations and concerns of everyday Canadians. Yet despite the devastating personal and economic impacts of wide-scale flooding on communities across the nation, the gap between awareness and preventative action shows no sign of narrowing, according to the seventh annual RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study.

Lorraine Hjalte, Calgary Herald Calgary, AB: JUNE 23, 2013 — The water shows no sign of going away as it has settled into a lake that is one mile wide and three miles long in High River in an area that has never flooded before. Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths and High River Mayor Emile Blokland talked to the media about conditions inside the Town of High River on JUne 23, 2013. They are asking the remaining people inside the town to leave because there are no services after the Highwood River spilled hits banks in the biggest flood in recent history. Photo by Lorraine Hjalte, Calgary Herald (For City section story by Alberta Floods)

In her blog “Change in Attitude”, Rachel Phan explores these findings, which seem almost counterintuitive. Interestingly her blog was posted on June 16th before a new wave of flood emergencies swept through Manitoba and Saskatchewan, making her quote from Bob Sandford, chair of the Canadian Partnership initiative of the UN Water for Life Decade, almost prophetic:

“Now’s the time to move while the memory of (the 2013) floods is vivid and before the next extreme weather event (occurs) because you run out of capacity if you’re struck too often. I think it’s fair to say that we have a pretty good idea of what the cost of doing nothing is, and it’s mounting.”

Read the full article “Change in Attitude” at http://watercanada.net/2014/CHANGE-IN-ATTITUDE/






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