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Posted 9/28/2018

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This pilot study builds upon previous pilot studies conducted by the Iowa Silver Jackets, the Corps and FSA. The previous pilots explored flood risk with a focus on structure losses. Results from those pilots demonstrated that type and location of conservation practices may have an impact on downstream flood stages and damages that may result from those flood stages.  

This pilot explores whether there are agricultural lands experiencing recurring agricultural damages that have land owner interest and federal interest in conversion to conservation easements. Conservation easements within floodplain areas are reported to reduce downstream flooding, improve water quality and provide habitat for wildlife.  


This pilot will be composed of four main elements:  

  1. Statistical hydrologic assessment
  2. Hydraulic simulation
  3. Economic assessment
  4. Social and program assessment


In FY 2016, the project delivery team completed work on the statistical hydrologic assessment, hydraulic simulations and economic assessment. An issue arose concerning data-sharing agreements with USDA agencies. The team has developed a data-sharing MOA consistent with section 1619 of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 which governs how the Secretary of Agriculture may share geospatial information. This MOA is undergoing review at each of the agencies for legal compliance before execution.

Additional Information

Congressional Interest  

Senators: Charles Grassley (IA), Joni Ernst (IA)

Representatives: IA-1 (Rod Blum), IA-2 (Dave Loebsack), IA-4 (Steve King)


FM - Floodplain Management Services


Summarized Project Costs

Estimated Federal Cost  N/A 
 Estimated Non-Federal Cost  N/A
 Estimated Total Project Cost  N/A
 Allocations Prior to FY 2018  N/A
FY 2018 Allocation  N/A
 FY 2018 Total Capability  N/A


Major Work Item Current Year
FY 2018:
Execute MOA between Corps and USDA agency partners for data sharing.