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Recommended Reading List

June 2008 brought unprecedented flooding to parts in of Wisconsin. Flood effects can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states. Here is a suggested reading list of reports and books on flooding. The library has also created a list of links in our Water on the Web section.

Call No. 020506
Community Flood Mitigation Planning Guidebook Madison: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Water Regulation and Zoning1995.
Published by the Wisconsin DNR, this guidebook provides the reader with information on how to plan for flooding in a state bordered by the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.

Call No. 020514
How to Use a Flood Map to Determine Flood Risk for a Property Washington, D.C.: Federal Emergency Management Agency1995.
Figuring out flood maps can be difficult. This book helps you interpret the maps.

Call No. 020522
Floods, Floodplains and Folks: A Casebook in Managing Rivers for Multiple Uses Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program1996.
Although we all like to live near and around water, it is not always the best idea. This book provides guidance on how to best use land near water to minimize the potential for flooding.

Call No. 020546
Above the Flood: Elevating Your Floodprone House Washington, D.C.: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Mitigation Directorate2000.
Raising a house is one of the best ways to avoid severe water damage. A more common technique in the South, this is something that those who live in marshy or frequently-flooded areas of Wisconsin could think of doing.

Call No. 020564
Flood-Frequency Characteristics of Wisconsin Streams / By J. F. Walker and William R. Krug. Reston, Va.: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey2003.
Lots of information can be found here about how often and how severe floods are in Wisconsin’s rivers and streams.

Call No. 020574
Floodplain management : a new approach for a new era / By Bob Freitag. Washington, DC : Island Press2009.
The authors of this book present a straightforward argument: the time to address adverse flood impacts is before the river floods. Floodplain Management outlines a new paradigm for flood management, one that emphasizes cost-effective, long-term success by integrating physical and biological systems with our societal capabilities.

Call No. 020577
Urban flood management / By C. Zevenbergen, A. Cashman, N. Evelpidou, et al. Boca Raton: CRC Press2011.
Urban Flood Management presents a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary introduction to urban floods for a global audience. The subject is approached from an international perspective and multiple case studies, exercises, expert advises, and literature recommendations are included. Suitable for university level students, researchers, and professionals.

Call No. 152153
Permitting Disaster in Wisconsin: How the Government Allows Developers to Build in High Flood Areas and How Congress Wants to Make Wetland and Flood Destruction Worse / By Brett Hulsey. Madison: Sierra Club1998.
This document from the Sierra Club asserts the government is culpable for damage from floods because of their agreement to development in areas that are unsuited to it.

Call No. 232396
Mapping the zone : improving flood map accuracy Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press2009.
Mapping the Zone examines the factors that affect flood map accuracy, assesses the benefits and costs of more accurate flood maps, and recommends ways to improve flood mapping, communication, and management of flood-related data.

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