The Iowa Watershed Approach: We’re All In!

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 PM Central Time

Education Track: Wetland, Stream-bank, Shoreline Restoration  
Audience Level: All
Price: $50 for Members/ $65 for Non-Members
Credit: 1 Professional Development Hour

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The Iowa Flood Center (IFC) led the successful proposal development for the Iowa Watershed Approach for Urban and Rural Resilience (IWA) that brought $96,887,177 to the state of Iowa from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The IWA is working in nine watersheds across the state to help reduce flood impacts, improve water quality, and increase community flood resilience. The program represents a vision for Iowa’s future that voluntarily engages urban and rural stakeholders throughout the watershed to work together to achieve common goals.

The IWA is a dual program that focuses on the following: 1) activities in the upper watersheds and 2) community flood resilience programming. The IWA will improve flood resilience during major storm events by strategically placing flood mitigation projects in the upper watershed to increase storage and water retention. Community flood resilience engagement activities will help communities prepare for, respond to, recover from, and adapt to floods.

The expertise and scientific and technological advances developed by IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering and the IFC served as a significant source of leverage to bring the IWA project to the state of Iowa. The presentation will include a description of the IWA and will discuss innovative tools and resources that are being used to support and carry out program goals.

The success of the IWA depends on collaborative partnerships among many statewide organizations and local stakeholders who together will carry out the work necessary to achieve the goals of the IWA and improve Iowa’s future flood resiliency.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Watershed management
  2. Flood mitigation
  3. Community resilience
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Presented by Kate Giannini

Kate Giannini (Ja-Knee-Knee), Communications Specialist, joined the Iowa Flood Center team in 2017 and leads outreach, communication, and research activities for the Iowa Watershed Approach at the Iowa Flood Center and serves as liaison between IIHR researchers, IWA partners, and external stakeholders. Prior to stepping into this role in 2017, Kate gained valuable “boots on the ground” experience by working with landowners, public and private agencies for nearly ten years in Johnson County, IA. Kate also serves as an elected Soil Commissioner in Washington County since 2013.


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