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Posted 2/26/2015

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Updated September 2017

Silver Jackets teams are collaborative state-led interagency teams, continuously working together to reduce flood risk at the state level. Through the Silver Jackets program, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, additional Federal, state and sometimes local and tribal agencies provide a unified approach to addressing a state’s priorities. Often, no single agency has the complete solution, but each may have one or more pieces to contribute. The North Dakota Flood Risk Management Silver Jackets team has been active since 2009 and formally adopted a charter in 2010 (revised April 2014). The team conducts annual meetings and supplemental meetings as necessary, and is co-led by the St. Paul and Omaha Districts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The team participates in regional and national flood risk management planning events.

The primary goals of the Silver Jackets program are to:
• Facilitate strategic life-cycle flood risk reduction;
• Create or supplement a continuous mechanism to collaboratively solve state-prioritized issues and implement or recommend those solutions;
• Improve processes, identifying and resolving gaps and counteractive programs;
• Leverage and optimize resources;
• Improve and increase flood risk communication and present a unified interagency message; and
• Establish close relationships to facilitate integrated post-disaster recovery solutions.


The North Dakota Silver Jackets team currently has three interagency projects in North Dakota and three shared with Minnesota in the Red River of the North Basin.  The projects in North Dakota include:
•    Mouse (Souris) Basin Unsteady Flow HEC-RAS Model Study, completed in fiscal year 2017.
•    Emergency action plan workshops in Emmons and Mercer Counties to be completed in October 2017.
•    Mouse (Souris) River Flood Inundation Mapping Project, Phase 1, Burlington to Verendrye, to be completed December 2017.

The three shared with Minnesota include:
•    Red River Valley Emergency Action Plan Workshops, completed in September 2016.
•    Red River Valley Hydrologic Parameters for Improved Flood Forecasts Study, instrument installation completed in November 2016.
•    Adjust river gage datum to the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88) in the Red River Valley, to be completed in fall 2017.

The Silver Jackets team is a national coordination program activity funded by various authorities: Section 206, 1960 Flood Control Act; Section 22, WRDA 1974; and the Flood Control Act of 1955 (PL 84-99).


The following is a summary of the funds received for the North Dakota Silver Jackets interagency projects:

Total federal funds allocated to date (FY 2011‒FY 2017): $1,130,000.

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