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sharing flood-risk management approaches with clients

April 24, 2018

An increase in extreme precipitation events throughout much of the Midwestern U.S. has intensified pressure on cities and watershed management organizations (WMOs) to effectively manage flood risks. Barr recently teamed with the City of Edina, Minnesota, to co-host “Managing Flood Risk Under Atlas 14 and Beyond” for more than 50 public-sector clients.

Presenters outlined a five-step approach to managing flood risk: understanding and communicating flood risk, characterizing problems, developing strategies and potential action items, prioritizing projects, and implementation. Staff from the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District presented a case study on using this approach to identify flood-risk areas, which was followed by a moderated group discussion.

sharing flood-risk management approaches with clients
The event’s presenters (left to right): Barr’s Cory Anderson, Janna Kieffer, and Sarah Stratton; Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District administrator Tina Carstens; and Jessica Wilson and Ross Bintner from the City of Edina.