Floodplain Prioritization Tool
The applicability of this new tool is important because floodplains are incredibly hard-working ecosystems that can improve water quality, reduce flood impacts, provide critical wildlife habitat and enhance recreational opportunities. But tens of millions of acres of floodplains across the Mississippi River Basin have been developed or converted to agriculture. These changes in land use have degraded water quality, increased flood impacts, and diminished habitat for fish and wildlife, all of which takes a toll on the economy and the quality of life for people.
FP Tool Partners. Partners that contributed data that’s used in the basin-wide version of the FP Tool include: Univ. of Bristol, UK*; Fathom*; Univ. of Iowa*; US Geological Survey; US Army Corps of Engineers; US Environmental Protection Agency; National Fish Habitat Partnership; US Fish and Wildlife Service; American Bird Conservancy; Natural Resources Conservation Service; and USA National Phenology Network. Asterisks (*) note those partners that provided data that was previously unavailable online.
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