As part of the new state flood planning process, the Texas Water Development Board designated 15 regional flood planning groups, based on major river basins. Each group completed a regional flood plan, which the TWDB will review and incorporate into the statewide flood plan. Highlights By law, each regional flood planning group has diverse representation […]


Minnesota’s watershed districts are a powerful example of watershed-level governance. Organized voluntarily through local petitions, these districts engage in many activities, including flood planning, public education, and project funding. Today, 46 watershed districts cover roughly 30% of the state. Highlights Because they can levy taxes and issue bonds, these districts can swiftly carry out regional […]


The Louisiana Watershed Initiative — a statewide, watershed-scale program focused on reducing flood risk in Louisiana — established nine provisional watershed regions across the state. These regions, funded through a $1.2 billion grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, aim to help communities better understand their flood risk and identify cost-effective, impactful […]


Washington’s Enhanced State Hazard Mitigation Plan brings together disparate plans, responsible parties, and flood programs — like the state’s Flood Control Assistance Account Program and the Floodplains by Design program — into a comprehensive plan. Together, these programs fund flood planning and local implementation. Highlights In 2021, after a 13-year gap, the state revived the […]