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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Adapting to frequent floods

Water Institute Members in the Media

Water Institute member Blair Feltmate, professor in Waterloo's School of Environment, Enterprise and Development and the head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo, spoke with Vassy Kapelos on CBC’s Power & Politics about flood risk.

Monday, April 29, 2019

How floating homes could guard against floodwater damage

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Instead of trying to control or prevent flooding, residents should adapt their homes to withstand it, says an architect who develops amphibious homes.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Water Institute member Keith Hipel wins coveted Killam Prize

Keith Hipel

Keith Hipel, Water Institute member and professor in Waterloo's Department of Systems Design Engineering, has been awarded the 2019 Killam Prize through the Canada Council for the Arts.

This coveted $100,000 national award for scholars is given annually to eminent, active scholars in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Is $200,000 a fair buyout price for a house in a Quebec flood zone?

Water Institute Members in the Media

Is Quebec Premier François Legault’s offer to pay homeowners $200,000 to abandon their flood-prone houses an example of government largesse, or an unjust drop in the bucket for residents whose homes were once worth far more?

The answer is complex, because when it comes to building homes on flood plains, there are several players who may share the blame, including the federal, provincial and municipal governments, the homeowners, and a capricious global weather system.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Poor flood-risk maps, or none at all, are keeping Canadian communities in areas prone to flooding

Water Institute Members in the Media

Cartographic depictions of areas most likely to flood under certain conditions are invaluable resources for Canadians. But unfortunately, the vast majority do not have access to such maps

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