Flood Plain Analysis

Rivers and their associated floodplains serve a variety of important natural functions including conveying water and sediment, storing flood waters, and providing diverse habitat. Floodplains, however, are also prime areas for agriculture and commercial and residential development that may be prone to flood damage. Floodplain analysis and management seeks a balance between conserving natural functions and reducing flood risks.

We investigate and analyze floodplains ranging in size from small urban streams to large rivers. Regardless of project scale or setting, we emphasize the need for sufficient basic data, a thorough understanding of the hydraulics and morphology of rivers and floodplains, and close attention to the objectives of the project and the client.