Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .

Netherlands shares flood control expertise
by Staff Writers
Washington (UPI) Mar 6, 2013

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

The Netherlands says its experience and innovation in water management can help the United States and the rest of world better deal with flooding disasters.

Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and the Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen, on a visit to New York, Washington and the United Nations this week, told U.S. officials coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy the Netherlands can help with the development of plans to mitigate increasingly frequent flooding disasters.

"Although different in scale, the landscapes of the Netherlands and New York have much in common," she said. "Both are river deltas with rivers, estuaries and basins. The Netherlands has a long history of water management.

"However, I don't just want to provide expertise, I also want to learn about the American approach," she added.

The Netherlands in 2015 is set to complete a $3 billion flood control program called Room for the River, in which rather than continually heightening its vast system of dikes along rivers to guard against more frequent and higher surges triggered by climate change, 39 spots have been designated to allow the waterways to expand naturally.

Those areas feature excavated flood plains, deepened river beds, new storage lakes, relocated dikes, high-water channels and other advanced water management techniques.

The government's aim with the effort is to enhance the "sustainability" and "livability" of the areas around the rivers -- breaking a centuries-old cycle of heightening dikes followed by even greater levels of damage when they are eventually breached.

Schultz van Haegen met Monday in Washington with U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, who is chairman of U.S. President Barack Obama's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. Schultz van Haegen and Donovan they signed a memorandum of understanding laying out agreements on sharing knowledge and experiences in the field of water safety.

"Our two nations have much to learn from each other about finding innovative solutions to age-old shared problems," Donovan said. "The Dutch are no strangers to the forces of nature and I'm certain we can benefit from their experience in disaster mitigation, infrastructure management and a variety of approaches to sustainable community development and planning."

Under the U.S.-Netherlands memorandum, the countries would work on new community development strategies that place a premium on sustainability and livability principles, as well as explore the Dutch "building with nature" approach.

The two nations also promised to work together to "leverage private and philanthropic investments to maximize public investments in urban development and long-term disaster mitigation."

Also on Schultz van Haegen's agenda was a visit to New York and Hoboken, N.J., where Hurricane Sandy caused an estimate $50 billion in damage.

There, Dutch water management companies such as Royal HaskoningDHV, Fugro, Arcadis, Deltares, Dutch Water Design, Tygron and Palmbout Urban Landscapes were to share their expertise with U.S. counterparts.

She was also this week to attend the United Nations' Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters, where attendees are to gather to "raise awareness, share experiences and good practices and discuss ways forward towards global actions on water and disasters."


Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

At least eight dead in Ecuador floods: officials
Guayaquil, Ecuador (AFP) March 3, 2013
At least eight people were killed by flooding in southwestern Ecuador following several hours of torrential rains, officials said Sunday. "Unfortunately, there have been eight victims so far as a result of the flooding," said Viviana Bonilla, governor of the coastal province of Guayas where the flooding occurred. Bonilla told reporters that six people died by electrocution and one by dro ... read more

China to use modified rocket for moon landing mission

Water On The Moon: It's Been There All Along

Building a lunar base with 3D printing

US, Europe team up for moon fly-by

NASA's Curiosity rover to be back online next week

Short Bump Gets Robotic Arm Closer to Rock Target

NASA fixing computer glitch on Mars Curiosity rover

Inspiration Mars to Pursue Human Mission to the Red Planet in 2018

Sequestration and the Civil Space Industry

Gadgets and gizmos galore at world's top IT fair

New tech aims to transform homes, shopping in Spain

General Dynamics Modernizes Ground System Terminals for NASA's Next-generation TDRS Satellites

China to launch new manned spacecraft

Woman expected again to join next China crew roster

China's space station will be energy-efficient

China plans manned space mission

ESA's Columbus Biolab Facility

SpaceX set for third mission to space station

Record Number of Students Control ISS Camera

NASA briefly loses contact with space station

Vega launcher integration continues for its April mission

SpaceX's capsule arrives at ISS

Dragon Transporting Two ISS Experiments For AMES

SpaceX Optimistic Despite Dragon Capsule Mishap

The Birth of a Giant Planet?

Scientists spot birth of giant planet

NASA's Kepler Mission Discovers Tiny Planet System

Kepler helps astronomers find tiny exo planet

Creating your own animated 3D characters and scenes for the web

Towards more sustainable construction

Physicists demonstrate the acceleration of electrons by a laser in a vacuum

SimCity rebuilt for modern life

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement