Flood Mitigation Begins in the Backyard

May 21, 2012

A new study says “extreme storms,”  with over three inches of rainfall,  in the Midwest have doubled in frequency over the last 50 years. The study ties that frequency to an increased risk of flooding.

The study sponsors say flood mitigation efforts begin at home.

Rainfall can be absorbed by plants and soil anchored by deep root systems. Some simple measures can greatly reduce the amount of run-off that leads to flooding.

Natural Resources Defense Council Policy Analyst Karen Hobbs says a neat, green lawn is terrible at retaining water.