District 2 Newsletter
I have been thinking about how many issues related to water involve our community. From Coastal Surge Protection and Sea Level Rise to Drainage and Beach Nourishment, the number of water-related topics is increasing from year to year.
Recently I had the opportunity to visit with the president of a new business that is starting up here in Galveston. The business’ primary purpose is to develop innovative solutions concerning the analysis and management of flooding and other waterborne concerns.
During our discussion, it was mentioned that the control of water is not only preventing its accumulation but to also develop approaches that work with water. And what better place than Galveston to serve as the home for such businesses?
With 10% of the world’s population living in low lying coastal areas, new paradigms are being developed when it comes to water management.
A new specialty, Amphibious Architecture, has developed to promote the idea that people can’t simply fight against water; they have to learn to live with it and this has spurred research and development into innovative technology that is sorely needed around the world.
Right now the main approach in the United States in dealing with rising water is to build higher. Even though this is a workable solution, it takes a toll on the character of neighborhoods and begs the question where does it all end.
One of the more innovative solutions that some communities are discussing around the world is buoyant foundations or Amphibious Structures, where a home is either retrofitted or included in a new build that allows a home to float if the water rises. In normal conditions the home looks like any other on a normal foundation but can move with the water, if needed.
With Amphibious Construction water becomes your friend and involves developing a symbiosis with water instead of being in competition with it.
Where all of these innovative ideas are heading is anyone’s guess but Galveston is a perfect incubator for Water Management Companies which will benefit the Island as well as the world.
Stay dry and Angela and I wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving!