Title: Mapping the Zone: Improving Flood Map Accuracy
Author: National Research Council of the Academes
Date of Publication: 2009
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Maps portray the height and extent to which flooding is expected to occur, and they form the basis for setting flood insurance premiums and regulating development in the floodplain. As such, they are an important tool for individuals, businesses, communities, and government agencies to understand and deal with flood hazard and flood risk. Improving map accuracy is therefore not an academic question–better maps help everyone.
Title: Chasing Water: New Book Lays Out Better Path for WaterWater
Author: Brian Richter
Date of Publication: 2014
Chasing Water (Island Press) takes a hard look at what we need to do to improve water management in a time of dwindling resources. The following excerpt lays out some key principals for getting us there. According to the author, effective water management will require both technical capacity and appropriate engagement of water users and other local interests, ultimately. Overcoming these obstacles will require that individuals, businesses, and community groups organize themselves and advocate forcefully for water-conserving solutions.