What is Flood Mitigation?

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How are states protecting lives and livelihoods through flood mitigation? Our Laura Lightbody explains what flood mitigation is and how investing in it can prepare communities in the long-term.

For more information about Pew's work on flood mitigation, visit: Flood-Prepared Communities

To learn more about how state governments work, check out "States of Innovation," our collection of coverage on evidence-based policies working in the states: States of Innovation


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Agenda for America

A collection of resources to help federal, state, and local decision-makers set an achievable agenda for all Americans

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for emerging challenges, it makes government more effective and better able to serve the public interest. In the coming months, President Joe Biden and the 117th Congress will tackle a number of environmental, health, public safety, and fiscal and economic issues—nearly all of them complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help solve specific, systemic problems in a nonpartisan fashion, Pew has compiled a series of briefings and recommendations based on our research, technical assistance, and advocacy work across America.