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Watershed University

Watershed University is a free event that provides education and networking opportunities for California professionals in floodplain management, water management, emergency management and related fields. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with California Department of Water Resources, CAL Fire, and Merced Office of Emergency Services (Merced OES), hosted this event in April 2016 at the Merced OES facility in Atwater and online. Participants earned Continuing Education Credits by attending the full two-day event online or in person.

Topics include:
•FEMA Flood Mapping
•National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Update
•California Water Action Plan Update
•Flood Risk Communication Tools, Tips and Techniques
•Climate Change and Drought Risk versus Flood Risk
•Partnering and Collaboration for Integrated Water (and Land) Management

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So You're a Floodplain Manager - An Idaho Resource Guide

The Idaho Silver Jackets Team created this video and information resources with the newly appointed floodplain manager in mind. A floodplain manager's job is very important and we want them to know where they can go for resources from people in certain agencies, to help guide them to success. We have tried to include all information and who they can reach out to in one place. The links to forms, contact names and titles are included on the Idaho Silver Jackets webpage here.


Nevada Multimedia Continuation - Flood Fighter Video Game

The Nevada Silver Jackets Team developed this fun and educational video game that teaches children about emergency planning and different flooding scenarios. In addition to teaching students about water resources, this hands-on tool enriches STEM education. Access the game and more information here.


Rapid Assessment Flooding Tool (RAFT)

The Rapid Assessment Flooding Tool (RAFT)  is an almost real-time tool that takes flood forecasts from the NOAA NWS River Forecast Center and relates it to flood frequency and potential damages/levee failures. The tool is available online here.

Big Blue and Kansas Rivers Confluence Floodplain Management Plan

This interagency project is improving flood hazard awareness in the Big Blue River Watershed. The project has produced a floodplain management plan (FMP) (pdf, 1.67 MB) for the community for this major river to assist communities in managing flood hazards along the Big Blue River. Concurrent with the Floodplain Management Plan, agencies have developed a flood forecast inundation map hosted on the National Weather Service website at the existing gage on the Big Blue River.

A public meeting was held on the nonstructural measures for the property owners, and a breakout session during the meeting used several different diorama models along with newly found flood depths from FEMA map revisions. The owners provided feedback on these measures and which ones they would like to pursue. The Floodplain Management Plan is available here.