3-D Physical Model
aka WARD’s Stormwater Floodplain Simulation System
The WARD’s Stormwater Floodplain Simulation System is a large-scale (4 feet long, 2 feet wide and about 2 feet tall) and visually striking model that features a large clear acrylic tank, a colorful hand-panted resin landform insert, and three different headwater trays and two rainmaker trays to simulate several real world environmental scenarios that students can recreate and modify. A User’s Guide was developed to walk anyone through various learning situations for audiences of any age.
The model can be useful at special city or county environmental fairs, professional conferences, home improvement fairs, and visiting students in the classroom. The AFMA Board owns a model. The Board feels that this physical model can help spread our mission of educating the public about flooding awareness and good floodplain management techniques.
The model will be available for any AFMA member to use. It is cared for by Dan Pfeifer, the Chairman of the River and Stream Restoration Committee. Dan has taken it to middle schools and high schools around the state. He can work with anyone that wants to use it in their community.
This is a great opportunity for us as floodplain managers to really show the importance of floodplain management to many different groups of people.