The Pew Charitable Trusts this week examined Iowa’s response to major floods in 1993, 2008 and 2019 as examples of how best to leverage state and federal money to flood-proof areas frequently inundated by heavy rains and rising rivers. Many projects aren’t done yet, but “combined revenue streams, cross-jurisdictional planning, and collaboration among federal, state, and local partners are helping to protect communities against floods — as are the mitigation efforts funded through the Iowa Flood Mitigation Program. And, as the 2019 floods in the Midwest show, the need in Iowa is as great as ever,” Pew reported. The state’s projects  “demonstrate the value of multifaceted approaches to flood mitigation as well as prioritizing community engagement and planning” across whole watersheds.