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USF, Dutch Experts Examine Urban Water Issues

In a region like Tampa Bay, where rising sea levels, a continuous threat of storm surge during hurricane season and an urban infrastructure challenged to cope with urban flooding, the opportunity to draw on Dutch expertise through a partnership with the University of South Florida has provided unparalleled expertise in eyeing local water challenges.

A three-day conference began Monday, Feb. 21, bringing more than 100 local participants together with leading Dutch experts to develop specific ideas to prepare Tampa Bay area communities for emergencies such as urban flooding and storm surge and the long-term threat of sea level rise.

The goal of the program will be to develop recommendations for local governments and planning agencies to consider in protecting vital infrastructure and transportation; improving economic development conditions through adequate storm water mitigation; reducing flooding; preserving natural habitats; planning for accidents and...

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