US Army Corps of Engineers
St. Paul District

Projects

Flood Risk Management: Silver Jackets (WI)

Published Feb. 27, 2015
Updated: Sept. 20, 2019
Location/Description

Silver Jackets teams are collaborative, state-led, interagency teams that 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 flood risk priorities. Often, no single agency has the complete solution, but each may have one or more pieces to contribute.

The Silver Jackets program has multiple primary goals:

  • Facilitate strategic lifecycle 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.

Wisconsin has participated in Silver Jackets flood risk management activities since 2009. The team convenes as the Wisconsin Hazard Mitigation Team and conducts annual meetings and supplemental meetings as necessary. The team participates in regional and national flood risk management planning events.

Status

The Wisconsin team charter was completed and executed in January 2016. All team activities are coordinated with the Corps’ Detroit and Rock Island districts. The Wisconsin Hazard Mitigation Team currently has one completed, one ongoing and one new interagency project in 2018.

  • Emergency action plan workshops were completed for Ashland County and Oneida/Green Bay in July 2018 and Lac Courte Oreilles/Sawyer County and Jefferson County in September 2018.
  • Baraboo River near Baraboo flood inundation mapping will be completed in 2019.
  • Trempealeau River at Arcadia flood inundation mapping will be completed in fall of 2020.
  • Baraboo River flood storage study will begin in fiscal year 2020 and will be completed in fiscal year 2021.
  • Emergency action plan workshops will be conducted in Sauk and Trempealeau counties in fiscal year 2020.
Authority

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

Fiscal

The following is a summary of the funds received for the Wisconsin Hazard Mitigation Team interagency projects.

Total federal funds allocated to date:

Fiscal year 2013‒2019                                  $629,000