Rivers & Streams
People are drawn to rivers and streams for their natural beauty, recreational opportunities and commercial or industrial importance. Development in or near rivers and streams can present specific challenges. Flooding and protection of natural resources are often key concerns. Local, State, Corps of Engineers, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulations and permitting often influence the design or feasibility of projects.
Tools such as hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, floodway and floodplain mapping, structural flood protection design, stormwater pump stations, and stream bank and channel restoration design provide the ability to evaluate appropriate development options, determine flood protection needs, and enhance or protect our natural resources.
Working closely with communities to understand and address the impacts of river and stream flooding allows for appropriate development near these important water resources. In addition, some projects focus specifically on enhancing or protecting channels and floodplains.