Landslides: The Human Factor

Human alteration of the landscape was a contributing factor in many of the landslide incidents this year. Inappropriate cutting and filling of slopes, insufficient or ineffective routing of storm water, and poorly executed design exacerbated an already problematic situation. This underscores the fact that it costs considerably more to fix a landslide, than it costs to prevent it with due diligence and forethought. Despite the best intentions, the civil engineering and geotechnical sciences are not foolproof. Combined with the erratic nature of our hillsides, landslide damages can and do result from errors of omission and commission, especially when record rainfall is part of the equation.

Eric Russo
Executive Director

Message from the Director

From the time I was a young child, I have always enjoyed our hillsides. Whether it was feeling their imposing grandeur as they tower over the Ohio River and downtown basin, or taking in distant views from their commanding overlooks, I believe the hillsides are a dramatic part of our landscape. It is my sincere pleasure to serve an organization like The Hillside Trust that advocates the thoughtful use and preservation of this wonderful natural feature.

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