Innovative Tools

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Floodplain Prioritization Tool

The Nature Conservancy worked with a wide range partners to develop the Floodplain Prioritization Tool (FP Tool) to identify places within the Mississippi River Basin where restoration or conservation would have the greatest impact on the overall health of this iconic river system.

Conservation Delivery Application

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) partnered with The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to develop an agricultural conservation scenario tool to aid in planning the application of Best Management Practices. The Conservation Delivery Application (CDA) estimates nutrient and sediment loading rates and models the potential reduction of constituent loads.

Water Quality Resource Inventory

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) partnered with The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to develop a water quality hot spot tool to aid in targeting 12 digit sub-watersheds within 8 digit sub-basins in Louisiana for targeted nutrient reduction conservation practices.

Flow Modeling

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) worked with Research Triangle Institute International (RTI) to adapt and deploy their WaterFALL™ model to estimate stream flow throughout Louisiana’s and Mississippi’s watersheds.


The Nature Conservancy has created an innovative method for identifying channelized streams and estimating the rate of channelization within watersheds.