Critical nature-based solution to rural community mitigates future flood risk.
Lander, Wyoming: $2.09 Million
On the outskirts of the Wind River Range and along the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River, Lander, Wyoming serves as Fremont County’s seat and cultural and economic hub. The town is a tourist destination for travelers visiting the surrounding Wind River Range and Grand Tetons.
Funds will be used to purchase 4.63 acres of real estate and move 29 separate structures. The intent is to be proactive and restore the original floodplain to eliminate hazards to life, property and transportation corridors. This project mitigates the natural flooding hazard risk to residents living in the floodplain and to critical downstream infrastructure including the Main Street Bridge. The bridge connects Lander to large population centers including the Winder River Reservation, airports and rural medical facilities. Through the proposed nature-based solution of floodplain clearing and habitat restoration, Lander intends to reduce the risk of damage from high-intensity snowmelt and rainfall events. This work could prevent loss of life in 28 single family units and the disruption of major transportation routes resulting from potential damage and closure of the Main Street Bridge. Some partners involved in this project include Fremont County, Popo Agie Conservation District, Lander Climate Action Network, Wyoming Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, Healthy Rivers Initiative and Almost Home Wyoming.