Idaho Silver Jackets
The Idaho Silver Jackets team is a coalition of federal and state agencies that work together to develop comprehensive and sustainable solutions to Idaho's flood hazard issues. The Idaho Silver Jackets team brings individuals from different agencies and expertise together to facilitate communication, share information, and provide 'one-stop' for local and state governments to obtain information and identify solutions to reduce flood hazards. The Idaho Silver Jackets Team was formally established in July 2009.
The Team's goals are to:
- Ensure continuous collaboration for flood mitigation, response and recovery activities before, during and after flooding.
- Provide a forum for examining all types of solutions for flood risk management, including both non-structural and structural solutions.
- Learn about partner agency programs, identifying limitations and opportunities, and combine programs to create integrated, comprehensive and sustainable solutions.
- Create a multi-agency technical resource for state and local agencies.
- Provide assistance in implementing high priority actions identified in the State's mitigation plans.
- Improve flood risk communication and outreach, present a unified intergovernmental message, and better educate and advise our mutual customers.
- Identify and facilitate improvements to existing programs, policies and processes.
- Identify other collaboration opportunities to combine resources and identify gaps in order to minimize duplication of effort.
- Catalog and share information on past and future flood projects and initiatives.
- Prioritize current and future flood risk mitigation initiatives individually and collectively.
- Improve flood hazard mapping and risk analysis and linkages to advanced hydrologic prediction models.
So You're a Floodplain Manager - An Idaho Resource Guide
The Resource Guide was developed for newly appointed floodplain managers and contains an introductory video, templates, and other useful information.
Boise River Watershed
When a significant percentage of a state's population resides in a watershed with significant flood risk, that watershed will receive focused attention by many agencies with different perspectives. The Boise River watershed, located in southwestern Idaho, is home to over 600,000 residents, more than one-third of Idaho's population. Despite upstream federal storage projects and community participation in the National Flood Insurance Program, the watershed has more than $10 billion of infrastructure at risk for flood damage. The watershed is one of the highest flood risk priorities for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) Walla Walla District.