Integrating Water Quality and Natural Hazard Mitigation Planning
The management challenges and impacts of natural hazards extend beyond just one agency and beyond the boundaries of different programs. Water program integration and green infrastructure solutions in urban-to-agricultural settings can aid in resilience to flooding, drought, water contamination, erosion, urban heat island, and airborne dust particulates. In this webcast, Tetra Tech staff Dacia Mosso, Rob Flaner, Barry Tonning, and environmental engineer Lisa Hair with the U.S. EPA Office of Water in the Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds discussed how to align program goals and activities to create a cooperative, coordinated water protection and hazard mitigation approach. State Hazard Mitigation Plans that have natural resource protection as a goal were highlighted, as their approaches help mitigate both the impacts of sudden natural disasters as well as the risks to health and water resources.