Researchers at the Iowa Flood Center have developed a hydrologic model of the Des Moines River (which flows through Des Moines) Watershed. The project quantifies the value of implementing certain conservation practices in the watershed that will help to create storage in the landscape and reduce downstream flooding.
Using innovative tools, research, and technology, the study compares existing and potential best management practices (BMPs) in the watershed. This provides valuable information to the city of Des Moines that will help landowners strategically place BMPs in the watershed to bring about the greatest flood reduction benefits. In addition, the information will help guide BMP selection and prioritization.
The study will help city officials understand their community’s flood risk and how residents can become more flood resilient. Results from the study will help Des Moines decision-makers set goals to guide planning decisions into the future.