Iowa Flood Center Associate Director will present on Thursday, May 9 of the conference from 2:00-3:00 pm.
Presentation title: Iowa Flood Center—Serving Iowans with Innovative Tools and Reliable Information
Nate Young serves as associate director of the Iowa Flood Center (IFC) and helped lead the statewide floodplain mapping project for 85 of Iowa’s 99 counties. The maps show the probability, extent, and depth of flooding for every Iowa stream draining more than one square mile and are an important resource for citizens, emergency managers, and decision-makers. Dr. Young’s presentation will describe the history of the Iowa Flood Center, the only academic research institution in the country solely devoted to flood research. Participants will learn about the IFC developed Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) online tool that provides real-time flood alerts and forecasts to more than 1,000 communities, supports a growing network of more than 250 stream sensors, and provides weather conditions for current and past rainfall accumulations. In addition, Dr. Young will introduce the $97 million Iowa Watershed Approach program that is working to reduce flood risks, improve water quality, and build community flood resilience across the state.