State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2006NV102B
Title: Flood Warning System for the Clark County Wetlands Park
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2006
End Date: 2/28/2008
Congressional District: Nevada 01
Focus Categories: Floods, Hydrology, Models
Keywords: flooding, decisions support system, hydrologic modeling, hydraulic modeling
Principal Investigator: Piechota, Thomas
Federal Funds: $ 4,350
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 14,273
Abstract: Proposed herein is a two-year research project that will develop an integrated flood warning system for the Clark County Wetland Park located in the Las Vegas Valley. The Clark County Wetlands Park is located adjacent to the Las Vegas Wash and is an invaluable environmental resource. The facility is open to the public with various walking trails; however, there is potential for the facility to be inundated with flood waters during significant rainfall events. The proposed research project seeks to integrate the rich sources of data (rainfall and GIS) available in Clark County to develop the Wetlands Advanced Inundation Threat System (WAITS) that will be able to (1) predict when the Wetlands Park may flood using real time and historical rainfall data; (2) be used to make assessments of flooding at the Wetlands Park for various hypothetical storms; (3) and can be used for future development into Las Vegas Valley wide flood forecasting system. The basis for the system will be a series of hydrologic and hydraulic models that will be integrated within a Geographic Information System (GIS) to provide seamless exchange of data and the flood inundation mapping.

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