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Port Orford author says it's time to think differently about floods

Most of the time--especially in our part of the world--we're grateful for rain. Unless it just keeps on coming, soaking the ground and making rivers rise. Which happens more and more as Earth's climate changes. So plenty of people are questioning the wisdom of consistently rebuilding communities ravaged by flood, without moving away from the source of the water.

Tim Palmer, an outdoor writer living in Port Orford, is one of them. He looks back at the American approach to "taming" mighty rivers and other bodies of water, and sees where we might do things differently. Palmer's latest book is Seek Higher Ground: The Natural Solution to Our Urgent Flooding Crisis. We get into the details in the author's visit to the JX.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.