In September 2016, the Iowa Watersheds Project ended with the completion of over 150 built structures including ponds, terraces, wetlands, water and sediment control basins, and on-road structures. The Iowa Flood Center received $4.5M from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the five-year project aimed at mitigating flood risk in select Iowa watersheds.
The specific goals of the project aimed to:
- Maximize soil water holding capacity from precipitation;
- Minimize severe soil erosion and sand deposition during floods;
- Manage water runoff in uplands under saturated soil moisture conditions;
- Reduce and mitigate structural and nonstructural flood damage
Hydrologic assessments were completed to further understand the hydrology, assess risk, and prepare a plan to minimize future losses in watershed participating in this study.… Read more ›