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Open Your Eyes: Man and Flood Plains

Kay Wilde

Sound | 1970s

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  •  Explaining how the plains flood 
  •  Federal Flood Control Act of 1936 that has been carried out by building dams, dykes, and levees. Kay explains channelization of the landscape.  
  •  Kay explains why new infrastructure should be kept out of flood plains 
  •  Methods of flood plain management 
  •  Overview of the management of various Dallas County flood plains with Catherine Perrine of Save Open Space, a “smart water” organization 
  •  Incentives for developers to put parks in floodplains is that it makes use of land not suitable for building and enhances the value of the developer’s properties 
  •  Elm Fork of the Trinity River, explained by Tommy McPherson, a drainage design engineer for the Public Works Department of the City of Dallas, and Joa Novoa, engineer for Albert Half and Associates 
  •  Flood plains are natural habitats home to trees and wildlife that should not be inhabited by humans 
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This educational film examines creeks, rivers, and streams as natural resources and introduces ways in which to manage them better. Kay Wilde, an environmentalist and Dallas native, wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the program. The film explains what flood plains are and the function of flood control measures before reviewing the main flood plains in Dallas. The video advocates flood plains as part of the architecture of a healthy ecosystem, arguing that greater measures should be taken to manage them more harmoniously.