The Coralville Flood Resilient Action Plan: Engaging the Community

Event details

  • July 13, 2021
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • (319) 855-2955 - Ben Curtis, ISWEP

About the Webinar

The Flood Resilience Action Plan (FRAP) in Coralville, funded through the Iowa Watershed Approach, is a community plan that identifies and enhances people’s resilience to flooding. The ISET Climate Resilience Framework emphasizes that a given community’s resilience to flooding is grounded in localized approaches. In planning from a bottom up and equity approach, our team has also sought to center knowledge and experiences of people in the community. Our outreach included government, non profit service providers, homeowners, and renters in the community and included in person as well as online outreach opportunities. In this discussion, we will talk about opportunities and challenges in using a community approach to develop a flood resilience  plan.  How can the community become a partner and stakeholder in the planning process? And how does that look like in the midst of a COVID-19 and post-Derecho context? These and other related questions will be discussed.

V Fixmer-Oraiz

V Fixmer-Oraiz is an AICP-certified community and environmental planner. She founded Astig Planning to fuse community organizing techniques with planning frameworks. Leading a company aligned with a vision toward equity and sustainability, her work has focused on regional planning and community engagement. She has worked with municipalities and counties on comprehensive and master plans, and has contributed to the completion of several regional watershed plans, including the English River and Middle Cedar River watershed plans. She is passionate about engaging with people on a range of issues impacting their community, such as stormwater and floods, economic development, racial equity and social justice, and expanding community services. She is a certified yoga teacher and offers classes focused on building community and connecting people.

David De La Torre

David joined Astig Planning as a Community Organizing Planner in 2019. He believes that an effective planning process is one where people’s voices are centered and their efforts enhanced. David has a background in social justice, civil rights advocacy, and community organizing. He is a board member of the Iowa City LULAC Council and the former field organizer for the Julián Castro presidential campaign in Iowa City. David has also supported a number of local political, housing, food access, and labor campaigns and worked with organizations in these areas as a community volunteer.

This webinar is part of ISWEP’s annual Stormwater Sessions Live! series. You can view the entire lineup below or by clicking “View Webinar Series Flyer”.

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The 2021 series will focus on stormwater’s role in leading communities toward climate resiliency. We will hear from municipal leaders, institutional policymakers, and researchers from across the country and here in Iowa that are leading the resiliency charge.

ISWEP is proud to offer our annual webinar series free to city members. Professional members should use code “ISWEP21B” when registering. Discounts are also provided for groups.

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Professional Development Hours

Stormwater webinars are eligible for 6 total hours of continuing education or professional development hours, 1 hour per webinar. Sessions are recorded live and available on demand if sessions are missed. All stormwater webinars take place from 12 – 1PM central time. For questions, please contact Ben Curtis at