Helping Communities Adapt to Flooding

cestrategies All Projects, Featured Projects, Flood Vulnerability Studies, GIS & Mapping

Climate change is no longer something that scientists, activists, or politicians are having to convince everyone of its impending impacts. People are beginning to really see and feel the realities of climate change on a global scale. For many communities, especially in Northwestern Ontario, it means that flooding is becoming a growing threat. Shoreline erosion, habitat destruction, and oversaturated or inundated land are some of the effects that have risked and will risk the well-being of many susceptible communities.

Knowing that your community will be impacted by flooding is one thing, but truly understanding how your community will be affected is the next step that has to be taken. A number of our clients began to consider this, which we were able to answer through a Flood Vulnerability Study. Using our well-established traditional knowledge collection methodology paired with staff expertise in GIS and natural resources, we can paint an accurate picture of what flooding realities will look like in the future.

Once the impacts of flooding are known the very next question that follows is, what can we do to mitigate or prevent these flooding impacts? To answer this question, our team has been working with communities on Rainy Lake and Lake of the Woods to develop strategies designed to protect their specific community values.

Our next project is a regional flood vulnerability study that will paint a picture for the entire Lake of the Woods watershed, allowing each community the opportunity to determine their own flooding adaptation strategies. You can check out a demo of a community Flood Vulnerability Study map below.