University of Wisconsion - Eau Claire




Flood policy advocacy and research

30 hours

Community partner: The Pew Charitable Trusts
Supervisor: Andrew Werthmann
Beginning date:
Ending Date:

Service-Learning Proposal Description


Briefly describe the project and the community need to be addressed.

Answer Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the U.S., significantly affecting homes, businesses, infrastructure, and the environment. Since 2000, flood-related disasters in the U.S. accounted for more than $850 billion in damage and losses. Campaign goal is toward improving policies and planning at the federal and state levels to: Enhance pre-disaster mitigation: Directing more resources toward and increasing the use of proactive approaches, such as removing properties from flood-prone areas, increasing green space, and restoring and protecting flood plains, will limit the effects and cost of floods. Ensure infrastructure is flood-ready: Updating the nation’s roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, and other critical infrastructure to better withstand future flood events will help improve community resilience and reduce taxpayer losses. Establish flood-resilient states: Systematic planning and adoption of nature-based solutions to address flood risks will reduce the severity of floods, boost states’ ability to withstand future storms, and lower disaster costs. Modernize federal flood insurance: Reforming the National Flood Insurance Program to reflect current and future threats; remove incentives for development in flood-prone areas; and break the costly cycle of flooding, damage, and repair will help the program better meet its goals of lowering federal spending on disaster response and rebuilding. Intern will help research, writing, media creation, and other activities toward building support for federal policies that support communities as they grow resilience to natural disasters including flooding.


What is the mission of the agency or organization?

Answer Create good public policy that supports a higher quality of life for all people


What skills are required for this project? 

Answer research, writing, critical thinking,


What are the objectives for the student learning and service?

Answer To understand and participate in the creation of public policy that addresses pressing problems communities are facing.


What are the availability requirements for the student?

Answer None


Additional information (not required).

Answer NA