It almost goes without saying that your community’s local flooding and stormwater situation is unique and that you need a specific strategy to address your flooding and stormwater challenges tailored to your geographical, financial, infrastructural, institutional, community, and political setting. Setting a solid foundation for your community’s tailored approach is, however, crucial. That’s why Navigate the Flood Step 1 is to comprehensively define the existing conditions of your community’s flood and stormwater systems before starting to develop a management plan.
To define the conditions of your flood and stormwater systems, technical staff will need to survey, assess, and document the:
- existing state of physical infrastructure
- city/utility financial health, e.g., ability to fund and finance capital investments and operations and maintenance
- staff’s internal technical and financial management capacities
- legal and regulatory requirements governing the operation of the system
- non-profit or community agencies working in your community and region to identify potential project partners
- available planning tools and potential opportunities for collaboration (see Steps 2-5 for planning tools, etc.).
Explore Subsections (a)-(f) below to dig into the details of Step 1 towards navigating the flood. Each Subsection includes case studies and technical and financial resources that will help define the condition of your community’s flood and stormwater systems.