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Utah: Improving Drinking Water Standards and Drought Mitigation by Improving Water Treatment Infrastructure

Severe drought in Utah forces larger cities to look at drinking water quality and preservation.

California: Enhancing Drought Management with Groundwater Storage

Persistent drought in Kern County has impacted agriculture and fishing, affecting recreational activities and putting the community at risk during fire season.

North Carolina: River Pumping Station Relocation from Floodway

Relocating and improving critical infrastructure in a rural hub.

California: Groundwater and Aquifer Storage Construction to Help a Drought-Prone Community

One of California’s premier wine producing communities braces for continued drought in the present and future.

Office of the Flood Insurance Advocate Annual Report

The 2021 OFIA Annual Report highlights affordability issues across the NFIP and makes recommendations for programmatic improvements.

FEMA’s Swift Current Initiative Supports Increased Nationwide Resilience and Equity

In March 2022, FEMA launched the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program Swift Current initiative that seeks to substantially speed up the delivery of funding following a flood event.

Where Do Policyholder Dollars Go?

This section of the Watermark shows how policy money funds NFIP activities. As of December 31, 2021, the average premium, including FPF, is $771.

Information about the Community Rating System

Since 1990, the Community Rating System (CRS) has been a voluntary program for recognizing and encouraging community floodplain management activities exceeding the minimum NFIP standards. Flood insurance premiums for policyholders in a CRS-participating community are reduced to reflect the added flood risk protection that results from community activities.

Town of Lyons, Colorado: Leveraging Financial Resources

Mountains over a week, in an area that typically receives 14 inches of precipitation annually. That rain landed on the tens of thousands of mountainous acres that drain into the St. Vrain watershed, at the base of which sits the town of Lyons (population 2,035).

Town of Lyons, Colorado: Building Community Strength Through Recovery

On September 9, 2013, a major storm front stalled over Colorado, dumping a record-breaking 18 inches of rain across the Rocky Mountains over a week, in an area that typically receives 14 inches of precipitation annually. That rain landed on the tens of thousands of mountainous acres that drain into the St. Vrain watershed, at the base of which sits the town of Lyons (population 2,035).