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Flood vulnerability map

Trainee Achievements

Flood vulnerability map

Laura Merner, during her internship with USGS developed a flood vulnerability map for the State of West Virginia, identifying communities susceptible to flood events. Her work has been utilized by Sludge Safety Project (SSP), a joint project of the Coal River Mountain Watch and the Ohio Environmental Coalition (OVEC). SSP works directly in communities in West Virginia (WV) that have been negatively impacted by coal slurry. Zip codes that Laura identified as vulnerable to flooding are been targeted by SSP in an outreach campaign to address environmental hazards throughout the state.