International Water Institute Developing Flood Damage Reduction Project Planning Tool
Water managers must implement numerous projects and activities throughout the Red River basin to meet local and basin wide flood damage reduction goals. Planning, siting, and permitting projects aimed at reducing flood peaks is information intensive and time consuming.
The Flood Damage Reduction Project Planning Tool (RRBDIN Phase 6) is nearly completed and is designed to streamline the flood damage reduction project planning and permitting process in two pilot watershed areas (Moccasin Creek, MN and North Branch of the Park River, ND). When completed, water managers in these areas will have information at their fingertips to work through project planning from problem identification to site selection and alternatives analysis.
The online tool will allow users to plan a variety of flood damage reduction projects associated with retaining water on the landscape including small and large scale impoundments and wetland restorations. The system will guide users to explore options and strategically place and prioritize projects for maximum flood damage reduction effectiveness.
Once completed for the pilot watersheds, the International Water Institute plans to expand the Flood Damage Reduction Project Planning Tool (RRBDIN Phase 6) throughout the Red River Basin.