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Barbara Wilson talks to IIHR leaders

Photos: University of Iowa President Barb Wilson speaks with reporters during first week

Thursday, July 22, 2021
University of Iowa President Barb Wilson spoke to reporters during a media availability at the C. Maxwell Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory in Iowa City, Iowa.
Photo of the Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory building

Iowa Flood Center: ‘New Normal’ could bring soggy spring

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Much of Iowa has been stuck in a wet stretch of weather lately. There may be a reason for all the rain. It's part of the "new normal," according to scientists.
The outside of the University of Iowa Flood center

The wetter “new normal” affecting Iowans

Monday, May 17, 2021
This month NOAA released the “New Normal” when it comes to weather and climate. Climate patterns continue to change in the Upper Midwest, including Iowa. The region is seeing an increase in precipitation throughout the year.
Aerial photo of the Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory

Homeowners, planners discuss often-flooded Iowa town’s revitalization

Thursday, May 13, 2021
There's an effort to raise Pacific Junction and the community above the water. The floods of 2019 leveled the Iowa town.
Portrait of Larry Weber

Iowa Flood Center developing tool to help Missouri River communities prepare for flooding

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Iowa scientists are developing a tool to forecast Missouri River flooding and how wide it could spread out across the floodplain, to better prepare people for floods with more accessible information.
Cars and people standing in a flooded street

New collaboration aims to help states prepare for, adapt to natural disasters

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
With each passing year, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and other disasters are becoming more intense and more frequent, requiring state and local leaders to respond with greater urgency.
Photo of the Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory building

SE Iowa Watershed Partnership receives $6.4 million for projects

Friday, May 7, 2021
The SE Iowa Watershed Partnership is proud to announce the opportunity to be leveraging $6.4 million in southeast Iowa to focus on water and soil quality and soil health improvements through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) award.
Gabriele Villarini poses for a photo near the Iowa River

River town prepares for the future

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Is a flood wall the answer to a city council wanting to keep its city safe?
Aerial photo of the Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory

Sensors provide Iowa flood warnings

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
To create the world’s most sophisticated flood monitoring and forecasting system, the Iowa Flood Center (IFC) uses more than 200 Senix ToughSonic 30 and ToughSonic 50 ultrasonic sensors to measure water levels in streams across the state.
The outside of the University of Iowa Flood center

A needed ‘backyard’ enhancement

Thursday, March 11, 2021
Twenty-eight flood-reduction projects costing almost $2 million are either underway or completed in my backyard on the Wapsipinicon River and three of its tributaries.