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Red River Basin Mapping Initiative

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The goal of the Red River Basin Mapping Initiative is to develop a high resolution digital elevation model (DEM) for the Red River of the North Basin (RRB) south of the U.S./Canada border using Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR).


The need for accurate elevation data in the RRB has been established by the
International Joint Commission (IJC 2000), the International Flood Mitigation Initiative (IFMI 2000), and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE 2004) following the
devastating flood of 1997. Highly accurate elevation data are essential to improving disaster preparedness, protecting existing infrastructure, planning flood and drought damage mitigation projects, enhancing agricultural production, and strengthening decision-making capacity at all levels of government.

Mapping Initiative Brochure

Click here to access a brochure about the Red River Basin Mapping Initiative.

Project Sponsors

ND Red River Joint Water Resources Board
City of Fargo, ND
City of East Grand Forks, MN
MN Red River Watershed Management Board
City of Moorhead, MN
MN Buffalo-Red Watershed District
State of North Dakota
City of Wahpeton, ND
US Geological Survey
State of Minnesota
City of Breckenridge, MN
US Natural Resources Conservation Service (ND)
MN Department of Transportation
City of Grand Forks, ND
US Army Corps of Engineers

Project Team

International Water Institute
phone: 701.388.0861 or 701.261.0330
email: charles@iwinst.org
Fargo, ND