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Minnesota’s Overall and Watershed Approach to Flood Risk Reduction & Protection of Lakes & Streams

Thursday, November 30, 2017 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Eastern


Association of State Floodplain Managers


Ceil Strauss, State Floodplain Manager, Minnesota Department of Natural Resource


Minnesota has had a multi-faceted approach to reducing the risk of flood damage. Preservation of open spaces, higher regulatory standards, active watershed districts and a partnership of state and local funding for flood risk reduction projects mitigation projects has helped Minnesotans to reduce and avoid flood damages. Minnesota is also investing heavily in clean water, with funds generated by a constitutional amendment that dedicates sales tax to the effort. Minnesota's Watershed Approach framework has evolved from this opportunity to efficiently address waterbody restoration (TMDLs) and protection. Statewide efforts, like the governor's buffer law and water summit, and “One Watershed One Plan” pilots, also play a key role in achieving clean water goals. Still, widespread changes in the status quo of land and water management are needed for Minnesota to achieve success.


Ceil Strauss, CFM, is the Minnesota State Floodplain Manager. Ceil has been in the Floodplain Program at Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MnDNR) since 2002, and worked with the MnDNR an additional 14 years, mainly as an Area (Field) Hydrologist in the western Twin Cities area. She is the immediate past Chair of the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM). Ceil has a BA in Biology from Lawrence University (Wisconsin) and an MS in Water Resources Management from the University of Michigan.


Planners, Engineers, Floodplain Managers and other professionals who wish to promote natural and nature-based solutions to flooding and erosion.

Attendees who participate in the entire webinar will be eligible to receive certificates of attendance and 1 CEC for CFMs. Group participation in the webinar is not CEC-eligible.


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