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.
Several resources of resilience have traditionally been the focus of reducing impact in watersheds, and while these resources remain significant, social resources are often absent or minimally evident.
The IWA flood resilience programming will improve the use of social resources in watersheds through connecting local partners and stakeholders, enhancing the presence of social resources in watershed planning efforts, and increasing the awareness and communication of established and novel flood resilience initiatives.
IWA Flood Resilience Program Goals and 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 of flood resilience
The IWA Flood Resilience Program provides value to Iowa watershed communities through establishing partnerships and developing tools that improve the visualization of flood resilience benefiting future mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery actions. Together, we can make our watershed communities more flood resilient.