On the Radio: Iowa organizations work to reduce flooding risks


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Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode highlights efforts of two Iowa organizations that are working to reduce flooding risks.

Efforts to increase flood preparedness in Iowa continue four years after the 2008 disasters.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

The Iowa Flood Center and IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering at the University of Iowa have announced their four selections for the Iowa Watershed Projects. These watersheds are located in Clayton, Dallas, Davis and Floyd Counties.

Initially, researchers at the Iowa Flood Center and IIHR will digitally assess how water flows through each watershed. From this, they will determine where and what types of flood mitigation techniques are most effective in reducing flood damage.

After the assessment is complete, the next step is working with landowners to implement strategies including water storage structures, flood plain restoration and buffer strips. The final step of the project will be determining the effectiveness of these strategies.

For more information on the Iowa Watershed Projects, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

I’m Jerry Schnoor from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Thank You.

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