FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Sarasota County Drainage Project Protects Celery Fields   [open pdf - 37KB]

"The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio consists of mitigation stories submitted by individuals and communities that describe measures they have taken to reduce the loss of life and property from disasters. These Best Practices are meant to provide ideas and concepts about reducing losses and to encourage others to evaluate their own risk and consider mitigation as a long-term solution to reducing that risk." [...] "Sarasota County, Florida is home to farmers who designed their fields to retain water and nourish the celery crops, but development to the south caused repetitive heavy flooding. Engineers analyzed the area's flooding patterns and north-south water flows, and then developed a plan to control the water through a series of canals, ponds and mechanical flow devices." This and other individual FEMA Best Practices documents are also combined in "Mitigation Best Practices: Public and Private Sector Best Practice Stories for All Activity/Project Types in All States and Territories Relating to All Hazards [August 10, 2011]," which can be accessed at the following link: [https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=683132]

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