Camas NWR Flood Modeling

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Light detection and ranging (lidar) acquired for Camas National Wildlife Refuge was used to create models of the current water regime and explore possible changes in water control structures within the refuge boundary.  Flood models of the current structure were generated from the lidar data showing how seasonal flooding inundated the refuge around Camas Creek.  Certain dikes selected by refuge staff were then removed from the models to determine if deconstruction of dikes was a viable option for water management across the landscape.  The refuge adopted the removal of dikes based on the models, saving the USFWS thousands of dollars per year in water pumping and management costs.

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Eric Bergey
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