Innovative mapping technology tells story of Hurricane Hazel and current flood management systems


A July 12, 2017 CBC article is entitled: Don’t drain the swamp: report says wetlands help avert flood damage: Study says leaving wetlands in their natural state can help protect communities from severe flooding.”



The following text, from a March 23, 2017 TRCA news release that I learned about on March 24, 2016 Via Twitter, is from the Livestream page at the TRCA website:

Innovative Mapping Technology tells Story of Hurricane Hazel and Progression of TRCA Flood Management Systems

Mar 23, 2016

TRCA’s GIS team worked alongside writers to craft an interactive story of how our approach to flooding and flood management has gone through a significant period of evolution. From early days where people’s homes once rested precariously on the banks of Toronto’s rivers to present day, where river valleys are protected spaces, TRCA has heightened its understanding and approach to flood management.

“The GIS story map, ‘Toronto – A City of Rivers’ is a visually stunning and interactive story that creatively tells us what we’ve learned in the 60 years of operations,” Brian Denney, TRCA CEO said. “The collaboration of GIS and skilled storytellers brings those lessons to life and shows the scope of the progress of flood management at TRCA. We’re so thrilled to share this with the public.”

Created using state-of-the-art GIS software called ESRI, the story map is divided into two halves on a screen. One side is reserved for the flow of text, while the other contains maps you can zoom in on different areas. Additional information pops up, giving the viewer more in-depth facts. The story map uses a number of historical pictures that illustrate the damage caused by Hurricane Hazel in a number of communities as well as current flood management practices.

It’s hoped the GIS story map can be used by teachers and students in the area as an important educational tool. View ‘Toronto – A City of Rivers’.


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Previous posts about TRCA and CVC

Click here for previous posts at the Preserved Stories website about TRCA >

Click here for previous posts about CVC (Credit Valley Conservation) >

The shorter the name, the better

Credit Valley Conservation is less cumbersome a name than Credit Valley Conservation Authority.

I was interested to learn recently that TRCA now goes by the name Toronto and Region Conservation.

The shorter the name, the better.

This is what many agencies and entities have determined over the years. In time TRCA may take the next step, I imagine or like to think, and will call itself TRC.

Which reminds me of CCFEW

CCFEW, I am reminded, remains an organization that is hindered by a cumbersome name – Citizens Concerned About the Future of the Etobicoke Waterfront. Some less wordy name such as Etobicoke Waterfront – or whatever – would make a huge difference in enabling the latter fine organization get its message heard.


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