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Flood Risk Reduction Is a Top Priority for Mississippi River Communities

Video screenshot from the MRCTI annual meeting
Video screenshot from the MRCTI annual meeting

The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative is working with several organizations to reduce the risk of flooding and other disasters.

This week, the organization announced the completion of a study about how natural infrastructure can reduce disaster risk, including the risk of flooding.

Karen Waldrop, from Ducks Unlimited, says the new, "Disaster Capacity Study" helped identify locations for projects. Ducks Unlimited has already identified projects representing nearly 59,000 acres of flood mitigation.

One goal is to create more wetlands and reconnect backwaters that have been cut off from the Mississippi River.

An example is located about 25 miles northeast of the Quad Cities in the Big Bend State Fish and Wildlife Area along the Rock River. Ducks Unlimited plans to work with the Illinois DNR to restore floodplain wetlands. It will also filter runoff from a huge area of farmland in Illinois and Wisconsin. The Rock River is one the Mississippi's larger tributaries.

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