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Floodplain Management Definition

The purpose of this page is to define floodplain management, a commonly used term in floodplain management.


Floodplain management is a decision-making process that aims to achieve the wise use of the nation's floodplains. "Wise use" means both reduced flood losses and protection of the natural resources and function of floodplains.

The National Flood Insurance Progam (NFIP) underwrites flood insurance coverage only in communities that adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations through an ordinance that meets or exceeds NFIP criteria.

States are encouraged to insure and regulate state-owned properties under the NFIP.

NFIP Requirement

60.0 - Criteria for Land Management and Use

  • 60.11 - State Participation
  • 60.12 - Floodplain Management Criteria for State-owned Properties
  • 60.13 - Noncompliance by States


IS-9 Managing Floodplain Development Through The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

  • Pages 1-30 to 1-33
  • Page 2-8

National Flood Insurance Program Description

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Last Updated: 
03/27/2018 - 09:47