Nature-based solutions to flood protection- on-line tool

Naturally resilient communities– online tool:

USING NATURE TO ADDRESS FLOODING– Explore over 50 solutions and case studies that can help your community become a Naturally Resilient Community. Filter by cost, region, hazards, and more.

We’ve created this guide of nature-based solutions and included case studies of successful projects from across the country to help communities learn more and identify which nature-based solutions might work for them.


Nature offers a powerful set of tools for addressing hazards like flooding and erosion. Nature-based solutions use natural systems, mimic natural processes, or work in tandem with traditional approaches to address these specific hazards. Communities across the country— along rivers or coasts, large or small, rural or urban— can incorporate nature-based solutions in local planning, zoning, regulations, and built projects to help reduce their exposure to flood and erosion impacts.


Ninety-six percent of the total U.S. population lives in counties where federally-declared, weather-related disasters have occurred since 2010. Smart nature-based solutions provide multiple benefits, giving communities high returns on their investments in flood risk reduction strategies.