I saw some of the damage that Isabel caused, and this editorial rightly lauds the grassroots efforts that residents from my former neck of the woods undertook to control the damage from flooding in the future. Most intriguing among their activities was the addition of trees and more ground cover to slow down future torrents. I just hope they keep their imaginative ideas out of the gorge, where such projects could do real damage to the ecosystem. (Where they are working now is mostly farmland and single-family homes, so the ecosystem is probably a little less complex).
In the end though, I agree with the article. Mother Nature can be a bitch sometimes, and there's not a damn thing humans can do about it (despite the mission statement of the Army Core of Engineers).
NP: "Going Underground" - The Jam