If only I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard a farmer or rancher complain that urban growth contributes to flooding. They say that new streets, parking lots and golf courses accelerate runoff into streams and rivers, worsening flooding.
I’m not a scientist or water management expert. I’m not qualified to judge if farmers’ claims are accurate.
But a U.S. Geological Survey fact sheet on the subject is interesting. Among its conclusions: “Urbanization generally increases the size and frequency of floods and may expose communities to increasing flood hazards.”
Here’s the link: pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs07603/.