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Friday, June 20, 2008

Land Use and Flooding

From "Iowa flooding could be man's fault, experts say" (Washington Post):

Between 2007 and 2008, farmers took 106,000 acres of Iowa land out of the Conservation Reserve Program, which pays farmers to keep farmland uncultivated, according to Lyle Asell, a special assistant for agriculture and environment with the state's Department of Natural Resources (DNR). That land, if left untouched, probably would have been covered with perennial grasses with deep roots that help absorb water.


Chris said...

But it's my right as an American to live any where I want, gosh dern it!

Doug Duckworth said...

Actually, I heard on NPR that it's more expensive, in aggregate, to move these communities than to pay for the damages. They cited the cost of moving Des Moines University as an example.