Silver Jackets: Many Partners, One team


Many Partners, One Team


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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, Email, 907-753-2503

Alaska Silver Jackets

To align with the national goals, the Alaska Silver Jackets team has crafted and revised the following vision, mission, and guiding principle statements.


Serve as a catalyst in developing comprehensive, collaborative, and sustainable solutions to Alaska’s natural hazard issues. These include mitigation planning; flood and other hazard mapping; risk reduction activities; response and recovery planning; community resilience; as well as adapting to a changing environment in the State of Alaska.


The Executive Steering Committee will establish a continuous inter-agency collaborative team working with other State and Federal Agencies to:

  • Enable the effective and efficient sharing of information;
  • Foster leveraging of available agency resources;
  • Provide improved service to our mutual customers;
  • Promote wise stewardship of the taxpayers’ investment;
  • Provide assistance in identifying and prioritizing actions to reduce the threat, vulnerability, and consequences of flooding in the State of Alaska; and
  • Promote methods and efforts to increase community resilience to natural hazards and the impacts from a changing environment.

Team Activities

Y-K Delta Flood Planning Hazard and Assessment

The Alaska District along with USFWS, Alaska Geospatial Council, Alaska DCRA and the Calista Corporation plans to conduct outreach efforts to support using the National Wetlands Inventory geodatabase in the City of Bethel, Village of Aniak, and the Native Village of Napaimute of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Much of Alaska lacks important geospatial datasets commonly used for planning, and communities and resource managers struggle to adequately plan for, and predict, flood events. Understanding the distribution and type of wetlands present in a community is an important component of floodplain management planning as wetlands provide ecosystem services such as slowing the speed of flood waters and water storage.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wetlands Inventory is currently working to map almost 200 million acres of wetlands to understand the abundance and distribution of these resources, including communities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta that experience coastal and riverine flooding.

The Alaska District along with USFWS, the Alaska Geospatial Council, the Alaska DCRA and the Calista Corporation are utilizing this new data to create wetland maps specific to the City of Bethel, Village of Aniak, and the Native Village of Napaimute of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. These maps will highlight infrastructure, culturally important areas and natural features of each community in relation to the location and category of existing wetlands, with the goal of informing future development and floodplain management planning decisions. Coupled with community outreach and guidelines on how to use the National Wetlands Inventory geodatabase data, these maps will enable communities to better incorporate wetland data into the foundation of important community decisions.

Ice Jam Workshop and Freeze-up Investigations

This effort is utilizing ice jam expertise from the USACE Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) to train state and local practitioners on Alaska-specific ice jam issues. A 2-day virtual workshop was held in April of 2022 and covered general topics including an overview of ice formation and ice mechanics, ice jam terminology, mitigation techniques and ice jam database information, as well as technical topics such as River Ice Hydraulics and Ica Jam Stage Frequency. Workshop attendees and presenters included a mix of planners, engineers and maintenance and operational personnel from State and Federal agencies.

In 2023 the project team will complete a review and summary of historical ice jams in Alaska using CRREL Ice Jam Database. Part of the analysis will include summarizing climate information coincident with the jams and statistical correlations with the goals to develop a relationship between hydrologic and climatic conditions prior to freeze-up jam formation. This could be used operationally in the future to identify time periods that favor the formation of freeze-up jams. This information will allow local partners to prepare in advance and monitor trouble spots on area rivers. CRRREL will also work with state and local partners to evaluate partner identified problem areas and provide ice jam stage estimates and mitigation recommendations in a technical report.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers supports state-led Silver Jackets Teams through its Flood Risk Management Program.