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Flood Resilience Program

How Can We Become More Flood Resilient?

Many Iowans know what it means to be personally resilient. They also know what it means to lack resilience. Iowa communities help decide who is flood resilient.

What is Flood Resilience?

Community flood resilience is the ability of people living in a common watershed to plan and act collectively, using local capacities to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from a flood.

Flood resilient communities understand that actions can reduce flood risk through mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Flood resilient communities also know how to use local and regional resources that make collective action successful.

Many of the resources of resilience have previously been the focus of reducing impact in watersheds, and continue to be important.

Social resources are often absent or minimal during watershed planning. The IWA flood resilience programming will emphasize the need for social resilience with a particular focus on low-to-moderate income populations.


IWA Flood Resilience Program Goals and Current Products

The IWA Flood Resilience Program focuses on the nine IWA watersheds: Clear Creek, English River, Upper Iowa River, Middle Cedar River, Upper Wapsipinicon River, Dubuque/Bee Branch Creek, North Raccoon River, and East and West Nishnabotna Rivers. The goals of the Flood Resilience Program are to:

  • Measure, visualize, and communicate flood resilience resources
  • Enhance flood resilience content in formal watershed plans
  • Improve social resources for flood resilience

The IWA Flood Resilience Team seeks to provide value to Iowa’s watershed communities through partnerships to develop the tools to measure and visualize flood resilience in ways that make future mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery planning actions more meaningful and useful. Together, we can make our watershed communities more flood resilient.

IWA Flood Resilience Program Materials:












Last modified on September 22nd, 2017
Posted on August 22nd, 2016