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Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation

The integrity of our natural and historic landscape is important to us all, and steps taken to strengthen or rebuild communities can have long-term environmental and cultural impacts. To ensure proper stewardship of historic properties and the environment, there are more than 30 federal regulations, directives, and legal mandates — in addition to a number of state laws and codes — in place to protect these resources. 

FEMA’s EHP experts provide specialized guidance and practical long-term planning assistance to communities across the county to ensure that proposed projects align with environmental planning and preservation requirements. 

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Proposed Rulemaking for Comment on Federal Flood Risk Management Standard

On Oct. 2, FEMA published in the Federal Register revisions to its floodplain management regulations at Title 44 Part 9 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR): Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands. The revisions propose to fully implement the FFRMS.

The FFRMS increases the resilience of federally funded projects by incorporating anticipated changes in future flood risk into certain federally funded projects to ensure that those projects last as long as intended. The comment period will close on Dec. 1.

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Conduct an Environmental & Historic Preservation Review

All federally funded projects must undergo an environmental review. Learn about the process and find resources for applicants and practitioners.

Learn About the Reviews

Complete an Environmental Assessment

Environmental assessments are used to determine if significant environmental impacts would occur as a result of a federally funded action.

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Search the Repository of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Documents

Use the filters and search function to browse the repository for FEMA's Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements and related NEPA documents.

View the NEPA Repository

Apply for FEMA Grants

A condition of Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants is compliance with all applicable environmental and historic preservation laws and regulations.

Get Guidance for Grant Applications

Regulations and Directives

All FEMA activities and programs must comply with federal environmental and historic preservation laws and executive orders.

Understand the Regulations

Jobs in Environmental Historic Preservation (EHP)

FEMA's EHP Cadre provides expertise in facilitating compliance that results in better decisions and resilient communities.

Search for Open EHP Jobs

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