Floodplain Management Program: Strategics
Formed in 1961, Ohio’s Floodplain Management Program (FMP) is part of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Soil and Water Resources. Although most floodplain management authority lies with local government, the Division has broad responsibility for a variety of floodplain management activities, including a role defined in State law as technical advisor. Expertise in floodplain management has been developed over these 50 years and through the Program’s role as the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Coordinator for the State of Ohio.
|Ensure the wise management of Ohio’s floodplains.
A comprehensive statewide system of naturally beneficial floodplains
Reduce flood damage. Protect and promote naturally beneficial functions of the floodplains.
||Demonstrate leadership in promoting implementation of sound floodplain management.
1) floodplain management is a significant and worthwhile undertaking directly affecting health, safety, and natural resources,
2) floodplains are a resource and the FMP is ideally and uniquely suited to provide leadership in promoting sound floodplain management for Ohio, and
3) the FMP objectives are demonstrably reasonable, responsible, and responsive.
1) Maintain Professionalism;
- utilize tools and processes to ensure quality, efficiency, outstanding customer service, and high employee satisfaction.
2) Establish partnerships with local governments, state agencies, and interested parties;
- build local capability for effective influence of land use and development decisions affecting Ohio floodplains,
- develop and disseminate technical flood hazard information to support NFIP/FMP objectives, and
- cooperate and assist local, state, and federal agencies with flood mitigation efforts.
3) Provide information and technical assistance to state agencies to enable them to make wise floodplain development decisions;
- assist state agencies which fund, approve and undertake development actions in flood hazard areas to ensure that projects and activities are consistent with local/ state/federal flood damage reduction standards.
1) Community Assistance;
- provide general technical and regulation adoption assistance, handbooks, guides, a website, and The Antediluvian,
- conduct visits, meetings, reviews, State Conference, and other training.
- coordinate with various public and private partners to provide enhanced Community Assistance,
- cooperate in the flood hazard data initiatives (FEMA mapping updates/enhancements, USGS/NWS stream gages, etc.), and
- assist with cooperative local, state, and federal post-event response and mitigation efforts.
- promote flood risk / floodplain resource awareness and among division, department, and state agency and elected officials,
- provide information to and promote cooperative efforts with state officials concerning flood risk, natural beneficial functions, FMP mandates (along with the actions and resources required to support them), and
- strengthen statutory language in support of achieving NFIP/ FMP objectives.