In a previous post, I highlighted the Golder Associates comparative international study obtained by Otago Regional Council on high groundwater and flooding issues caused by rising sea levels. This post will show some of the options used to reduce groundwater flooding – particularly in the Netherlands.
A Serious Problem for South Dunedin AND Thames
Following serious floods in South Dunedin in 2015 due to sea level/groundwater rising the Dunedin City Council (DCC) is actively finding out the cause of the problem and what can be done to reduce future flooding.
In 2017 DCC commissioned a report from Golders Associates to review international case studies on rising groundwater in urban areas. This follows an earlier report from BECA which looked at possible engineering options, and the Otago Regional Council placing a series of groundwater monitoring wells in flood prone areas.
The headline in the Mercury Bay Informer proclaims Whitianga “Still a Seller’s’ Market” and rampant residential development continues on our coasts. But is the housing market underpricing or ignoring the risk of sea-level rise? The insurance industry is already flagging it will retreat from high-risk areas.Read More »
Both Central and Local Government Must Show Leadership
The New Zealand Herald has reported that the Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group has today released 21 major recommendations, urgently calling for better planning, resourcing, and leadership.
Chief among its recommendations in the short term was that the Government should make climate change adaptation a priority – for itself, councils and the public.