David St. Pierre, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, explained, in detail. the old approaches used to address flooding in the metropolitan region. The process could best be described as "How big of a hole? How big of a pipe?"
Charged with the responsibility of solving all flooding problems in the region and facing budget constraints, a new approach is being developed that looks at the targeted area as a whole and designs solutions that are creative and enhances the communities where the flood control solutions are implemented and at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods.