Iowa’s Approach to Reducing Flood Risk
A case study of the Iowa Flood Center’s use of modeling to encourage data-driven decision making.
State governments are critical in preventing and protecting against flooding: They provide state-scaled plans, policies, and programs that bridge the gap between federal resources and local needs.
But while recent state initiatives have eliminated barriers between levels of government, there has been no established practice or network of experts to inform statewide resilience efforts.
What is the state’s strategy for reducing flood risk and building resilience?
Who leads flood resilience in the state, and what authorities do they need?
How does the state pay for flood resilience?
How can the state incentivize and institutionalize flood resilience?