Who Should Use the Guide?

The Navigate the Flood guide streamlines local decision-maker’s and city and utility staff’s navigation of the vast and complex array of technical guidance and funding resources for stormwater and flood planning and management. For local elected and appointed officials, the Guide offers a way to orient themselves to the fundamentals and language of stormwater and flood management via an overview of the key decision-making steps towards planning for and building sustainable, resilient, and equitable stormwater and flood management systems. For managers and staff, the Guide offers a way to drill down into these key planning and implementing steps and easily access a deep well of existing technical and financial resources that are available to support stormwater and flood planning and management.

The five steps to Navigate the Flood are:

  1. Define the Condition of Your Community’s System
  2. Identify Your Community’s Challenges 
  3. Set Your Community’s Visions and Goals
  4. Choose Your Community’s Solutions
  5. Put Your Community’s Plan into Action

Use the links in the above list to access each individual step or click “Get Started” from top menu to begin at Step 1 and navigate your way through each step sequentially. 


This Guide is a joint initiative between the Water Center at the University of Pennsylvania and WaterNow Alliance. Learn more below!

But first, check out the Navigator’s Checklist.

The Water Center at the University of Pennsylvania provides integrated real-world solutions to critical urban water problems.

The Water Center engages and connects the University community with regional water practitioners, decision makers, and national and global thought leaders for the purpose of developing integrated and innovative urban water strategies that address public health, infrastructure, and the socioeconomic and environmental challenges of long-term urban water sustainability and resiliency.

Learn more about the Water Center at Penn

WaterNow Alliance is a forum for local water leaders advancing sustainable, affordable and climate resilient water strategies.

WaterNow is a catalyst for change, and an architect for solutions. We identify and overcome barriers and provide tools and resources for our members to build local support for policies and programs that advance sustainable water management. We provide a forum for collaborative action, and a network for local leaders to learn from each other. We help communities make tangible progress on the ground to bring sustainable water management approaches to scale.

Learn more about WaterNow Alliance

Please note that this is a work in progress, if you are aware of resources which could be added to the guide please let us know!


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The Water Center at Penn and WaterNow Alliance Flood and Stormwater Management Guide

With support from the Kresge Foundation

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