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SO, YOU'RE A FLOODPLAIN MANAGER?
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SECTION

ID

DOCUMENT

DESCRIPTION

FORMAT

SOURCE
DATE

LINK

1) VIDEO

 

So, You're a Floodplain Manager?

Short video summarizing roles and responsibilities of local floodplain managers.

Video

 IDWR 2016
https://youtu.be/lfo1pp0wjCs

2) CONTACTS AND GENERAL INFORMATION

2a

Who Do I Contact For...?

A list of Federal and state regulatory agencies involved in floodplain management.

PDF and Web Link

IDWR 2016

https://www.idwr.idaho.gov/floods/contacts.html
Who Do I Contact For...? (pdf, 31 KB)

2b

Duties of a Local Floodplain Administrator

A summary of your roles and responsibilities as the floodplain manager for your community or county.

PDF

STARR 2013

Duties of a Local Floodplain Administrator (pdf, 292 KB)

2c

Frequently Used NFIP Acronyms and Abbreviations

A list of acronyms typically used by floodplain management professionals.

PDF

IDWR 2015

Frequently Used NFIP Acronyms and Abbreviations(pdf, 46 KB)

3) RECOMMENDED TRAINING

3a

Recommended Training

List of recommended training to assist with fulfilling your role as a local floodplain manager organized by beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Online Course Information Available.

PDF

IDWR 2015

Recommended Training (pdf, 46 KB)

3b

How to Read a Flood Insurance Rate Map Tutorial

This tutorial educates users on the use and application of the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) produced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Each component of the FIRM is explored. The tutorial includes a section that contains examples of how to get specific information from FIRMs.

Web Link

FEMA 2016

http://www.fema.gov/media/fhm/firm/ot_firm.htm

3c

Summary of NFIP Policy for Local Officials (FEMA Region X)

A summary of NFIP policy to assist local governments in their floodplain management programs.

PDF and Web Link

FEMA 2004

http://www.floods.org/ace-files/Projects/R10_NFIP_Summary_for_Local_Officials.pdf (pdf, 2.3 MB)
Summary of NFIP Policy for Local Officials (FEMA Region X) (pdf, 14.3 MB)

3d

Building Public Support for Floodplain Management

A guidebook to help the local floodplain officials gain support from the public, including practices and approaches.

PDF and Web Link

ASFPM 2010

http://floods.org/ace‐files/documentlibrary/Publications/BPS_Guidebook_2_1_10.pdf (pdf, 4.89 MB)
Building Public Support for Floodplain Management (pdf, 5.01 MB)

3e

Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage − Guidance for State and Local Officials (FEMA 301)

A quick‐reference tool providing guidance to local officials on Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage under the NFIP and how it relates to your community’s administration of floodplain management laws or ordinances.

PDF and Web Link

FEMA 2013

http://www.fema.gov/pdf/plan/floodplain/fema301_section4.pdf (pdf, 99.3 KB)
Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage − Guidance for State and Local Officials (FEMA 301) (pdf, 100 KB)

4) MODEL ORDINANCES

4a

Idaho Model Ordinance

This is an example Floodplain Ordinance that includes State and National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) minimum standards. Communities should use this as a guide when establishing local standards.

MS Word and Web Link

IDWR 2015

http://www.idwr.idaho.gov/floods/forms.html
Idaho Model Ordinance (docx, 70.2 KB)

4b

Community Rating System (CRS) Credit for Higher Regulatory Standards

FEMA Region X higher regulatory standards for floodplain management, with examples.

PDF and Web Link

FEMA 2006

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/e7c1b27eeea07f4f290ffff71d621bb1/430%20Higher%20Reg%20Standards%20508OK.pdf (pdf, 1.0 MB)
Community Rating System (CRS) Credit for Higher Regulatory Standards (pdf, 1.07 MB)

5) TEMPLATES AND FORMS

5a

Example Floodplain Permit Application For All Development in a SFHA

Application for all development in a SFHA.

Web Link

IDWR

https://www.idwr.idaho.gov/files/forms/floodplain-development-permit.docx (docx, 168 KB)

5bi

Elevation Certificate for Structural Development

Fillable FEMA Elevation Certificate and Instructions.

PDF and Web Link

FEMA 2012

http://www.idwr.idaho.gov/floods/forms.html
Elevation Certificate for Structural Development (pdf, 14.5 MB)

5bii

Floodproofing Certificate for Non‐Residential Structures

Use this for non‐residential structures which can be floodproofed instead of elevated.

PDF

FEMA 2016

Floodproofing Certificate for Non‐Residential Structures (pdf, 1.81 MB)

5c

No‐Rise Certification

Procedures for No‐Rise Certification for Proposed Developments in the Regulatory Floodway.

PDF and Web Link

FEMA 2013

http://www.fema.gov/no‐rise‐certification‐floodways
No‐Rise Certification (pdf, 43.4 KB)

5d

Change a Flood Zone Designation ‐ Online Letter of Map Change

Link to FEMA's Online Letter of Map Change web application intended for homeowners and other interested parties that wish to submit the application online instead of using the paper form method.

Web Link

FEMA

https://www.fema.gov/change‐flood‐zone‐designation‐online‐letter‐map‐change

5e

LOMA ‐ Out as Shown Instructions

Explanation and instructions for requesting Out as Shown.

PDF and Web Link

FEMA

http://www.fema.gov/mt‐ez‐form‐instructions
LOMA ‐ Out as Shown Instructions (pdf, 3.73 MB)

5f

eLOMA Factsheet

eLOMA Factsheet describing quick and easy online process to submit selected LOMA requests for lots or structures with no fill by licensed surveyors or engineers or other FEMA permitted certified professionals.

PDF and Web Link

FEMA 2015

http://www.fema.gov/media‐library‐data/1426511957633‐ecfe2c0bce2556d5ab20b490ddc42582/eLOMA_Factsheet_2015.pdf (pdf, 174 KB)
eLOMA Factsheet (pdf, 174 KB)

5g

MT‐EZ ‐ Single Residential Structure or Lot Amendments to NFIP Maps (Not Built on Fill)

PDF and web link providing forms and instructions for single residential structure or lot amendments to NFIP Maps (not built on fill).

PDF and Web Link

FEMA 2012

http://www.fema.gov/mt‐ez‐form‐instructions
MT‐EZ ‐ Single Residential Structure or Lot Amendments to NFIP Maps (Not Built on Fill) (pdf, 1.12 MB)

5h

MT‐1: Conditional and Final LOMAs and LOMR ‐F (for Single or Multiple Lots/Structures)

PDF and web link to forms and instructions to request changes for multiple lots or structures, for proposed structures, and for map changes based on fill.

PDF and Web Link

FEMA 2013

http://www.fema.gov/mt‐1‐application‐forms‐instructions
MT‐1: Conditional and Final LOMAs and LOMR ‐F (for Single or Multiple Lots/Structures) (pdf, 1.07 MB)

5i

MT‐2: Conditional Letters of Map Revision (CLOMR), LOMRs, and Physical Map Requests

The web page provides a series of 12 forms and instructions for LOMR application submitted through the mail. The page is intended for home and property owners and community officials who wish to submit a MT‐2 application via paper form.

Web Link

FEMA

http://www.fema.gov/mt‐2‐application‐forms‐and‐instructions

6) REGULATIONS

6a

CFR 44, Subchapter B, Part 60 ‐ Criteria for Land Management and Use

Code of Federal Regulations regarding floodplain management regulations for NFIP.

Web Link

Online 2015

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi‐bin/text‐idx?rgn=div5&node=44:1.0.1.2.27

6b

USACE Regulatory Permits ‐ Clean Water Act (Section 404) and Rivers and Harbors Act (Section 10) Permits (USACE)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District administers the Regulatory Program in the State of Idaho under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. Under these laws, a permit is required for most construction activities in waterways and wetlands. These include navigable waters, waterways, shorelines, wetlands, most perennial and intermittent rivers and streams, natural and man‐made lakes and ponds, as well as irrigation, drainage canals and ditches that are tributaries to other waters located within the State of Idaho. Web link provides additional information about applying for a permit.

Web Link

USACE 2015

http://www.nww.usace.army.mil/Business-With-Us/Regulatory-Division/

6c

Stream Channel Alterations Permits (IDWR)

The Idaho Stream Channel Protection Act requires that the stream channels of the state and their environment be protected against alteration for the protection of fish and wildlife habitat, aquatic life, recreation, aesthetic beauty, and water quality. This means IDWR must approve in advance any work being done within the beds and banks of a continuously flowing stream.

PDF and Web Link

IDWR 2015

https://www.idwr.idaho.gov/streams/
Stream Channel Alterations Permits (IDWR) (pdf, 63.5 KB)

6d

Joint Application for Permit (USACE, IDWR, IDL)

The Department of Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), the Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR), and Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) has established a joint process for activities impacting jurisdictional waterways that require review and/or approval of both the Corps and the State of Idaho. The web link contains information about this process including application forms.

Web Link

USACE 2015

http://www.nww.usace.army.mil/BusinessWithUs/RegulatoryDivision/JointApplicationforPermit.aspx

7) FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT -

STANDARDS AND SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES

7a

No Adverse Impact Toolkit

A toolkit for common sense 'no adverse impact' floodplain management, meaning actions of one property owner are not allowed to adversely impact the right of other property owners.

PDF and Web Link

ASFPM 2013

http://www.floods.org/index.asp?menuID=460
No Adverse Impact Toolkit (pdf, 2.09 MB)

7b

Including Building Codes in NFIP

Report to Congress regarding the impacts, effectiveness, and feasibility of including widely used and nationally recognized building codes as part of NFIP management criteria.

PDF and Web Link

FEMA 2013

http://www.floods.org/ace‐files/documentlibrary/2012_NFIP_Reform/Including_Building_Codes_NFIP_BW‐12_Report_Nov13.pdf (pdf, 6.27 MB)
Including Building Codes in NFIP (pdf, 6.27 MB)

7c

NFIP Community Rating System

The NFIP’s Community Rating System (CRS) recognizes community efforts beyond those minimum standards by reducing flood insurance premiums for the community’s property owners.

PDF and Web Link

FEMA 2015

http://www.fema.gov/media‐library‐data/1444398921661‐5a1b30f0f8b60a79fb40cefcaf2bc290/2015_NFIP_Small_Brochure.pdf (pdf, 1.61 MB)
NFIP Community Rating System (pdf, 1.61 MB)

7d

HUD Funded Projects

HUD Floodplain Management guidance regarding HUD‐funded projects in the floodplain, includes process description and checklist.

Web Link

HUD 2015

https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/environmental‐review/floodplain‐management

7e

Transportation Projects

References key documents that govern

floodplain encroachment and development of transportation projects for the Idaho Transportation Department.

PDF and Web Link

ITD 2015

http://apps.itd.idaho.gov/apps/manuals/RoadwayDesign/files/Roadwaydesignprintable.pdf (pdf, 23.2 MB)
Transportation Projects (pdf, 135 KB)

7f

Oil and Gas Floodplain Regulation

A presentation by Amy Brandley of Canadian County, OK at the 2010 ASFPM conference explaining the potential risk with oil and gas drilling within the SFHA. The presentation also includes correct permitting requirements related to this industry.

PDF and Web Link

Accessed ASFPM website on 2015;

2010 presentation

http://www.floods.org/ace‐files/Conferences/OKC/ppts/Oil_Gas_Floodplain_Regulation_Brandley.ppt (ppt, 8.7 MB)
Oil and Gas Floodplain Regulation (pdf, 11.9 MB)

8) MAPPING

8a

How Do I Find Current Flood Insurance Rate Maps?

Instructions on how to find current FIRMs on the FEMA Flood Map Service Center. The FEMA Flood Map Service Center provides SFHA and community FIRMs.

PDF and WebLink

IDWR 2015

http://msc.fema.gov/portal
How Do I Find Current Flood Insurance Rate Maps? (pdf, 324 KB)

8b

Using the IDWR Flood Hazard Mapping Tool

The online Idaho Flood Hazard Mapping Tool can be used to determine if a structure or parcel is located within the SFHA. IDWR has geo‐referenced local communities' FIRMs that overlay imagery base layers. Instructions for using the tool are found in the PDF file provided.

PDF and Web Link

IDWR 2015

https://www.idwr.idaho.gov/floods/map.html
Using the IDWR Flood Hazard Mapping Tool (pdf, 1.32 MB)

8c

FEMA's Flood Map Service Center‐ Accessing the National Flood Hazard Layer Metadata

The FEMA Flood Map Service Center provides GIS metadata that includes the SFHA zones, BFEs, updated LOMA, LOMR, and LOMR‐F information. Instructions for retrieving data can be found in the PDF file provided.

PDF and Web Link

IDWR 2015

https://msc.fema.gov/portal
FEMA's Flood Map Service Center‐ Accessing the National Flood Hazard Layer Metadata (pdf, 469 KB)

8d

Idaho Risk MAP Program

Link to documents relevant to Idaho's Risk MAP program. Risk MAP is a risk reduction program that delivers quality data to the right people at the right time to increase public awareness and lead to actions that reduce risk to life and property.

Web Link

IBHS 2015

http://bhs.idaho.gov/Pages/Plans/RiskMap.aspx

9) FLOOD HAZARD MITIGATION PLANS/PLANNING PREPAREDNESS

9a

State Hazard Mitigation Plan (SHMP)

Identifies hazards, analyzes risks and vulnerabilities, determine potential losses, and develops mitigation strategies to reduce impacts, including flood hazards.

Web Link

 

https://ioem.idaho.gov/Pages/Plans/Mitigation/SHMP.aspx

9b

Local Mitigation Planning Handbook

FEMA's guide for developing local hazard mitigation plans (HMPs). Local mitigation plans include the same information as the SHMP at the local level, identify policies and risk reduction actions, build partnerships, increase awareness, and are tools for officials.

PDF and Web

Link

FEMA 2013

http://www.fema.gov/media‐library/assets/documents/31598?id=7209
Local Mitigation Planning Handbook (pdf, 14.2 MB)

9c

Idaho Multi‐Hazard Risk Portfolio

A tool designed to evaluate the risk of flood, wildfire, and seismic activity to life and property for 84 Idaho watersheds.

PDF and Web

Link

IBHS 2015

https://ioem.idaho.gov/Pages/Plans/RiskMap/IMHRP2015_FINAL_DRAFT.pdf (pdf, 191 MB)
Idaho Multi‐Hazard Risk Portfolio (pdf, 191 MB)

9d

Idaho Hazardous Materials/ WMD Incident Command and Response Support Plan

Idaho's implementation plan during an incident involving hazardous chemicals, biological agents, or explosive devices or radioactive material.

Web Link

IBHS 2013

http://www.bhs.idaho.gov/Pages/HazardousMaterials/Plan.aspx

9e

USGS Flood Inundation Mapper

USGS online flood inundation map library and GIS mapper program showing where flooding may occur over a range of water levels in the

Web Link

USGS, continuously updated

http://wimcloud.usgs.gov/apps/FIM/FloodInundationMapper.html

10) FLOOD RESPONSE AND RECOVERY

10a

The State of Idaho's County Emergency Coordinators

A listing of Idaho's county and Tribal emergency managers and their contact information. County/Tribe emergency managers mitigate, plan, train, exercise, and coordinate emergency operations for local events. IBHS Area Field Officers interact with emergency managers for situational awareness and assistance.

PDF and Web Link

IBHS Oct 2015

http://bhs.idaho.gov/Pages/AboutUs/Contact/CountyCoordinators.aspx
The State of Idaho's County Emergency Coordinators (pdf, 98.6 KB)

10b

State of Idaho Flood Damage Assessment Packet

This packet provides the appropriate steps following a flood. Also included is information about substantial damage determinations, FEMA's substantial damage estimator, sample letters and mitigation program available.

MS Word Document

IDWR 2015

State of Idaho Flood Damage Assessment Packet (docx, 39.8 KB)

10c

Idaho Emergency Operations Plan

The Idaho Emergency Operations Plan is an all‐discipline, all‐hazards plan that establishes a single, comprehensive framework for the management of domestic incidents and structure and mechanism for coordination of state support to local, state, and tribal incident managers.

PDF and Web Link

IBHS 2015

https://ioem.idaho.gov/Pages/Plans/Documents/2015%20IDEOP.pdf (pdf, 6.82 MB)
Idaho Emergency Operations Plan (pdf, 6.82 MB)

10d

NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection Program ‐Idaho Recovery Plan and Resource Guide

The Idaho Recovery Plan outlines NRCS actions and process for implementation of the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program in Idaho.

The objective of the EWP Program is to assist in relieving imminent hazards to life and property from floods, fires and other natural disasters that cause sudden watershed impairment.

PDF and Web Link

NRCS 2013

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/landscape/ewpp/
NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection Program ‐Idaho Recovery Plan and Resource Guide (pdf, 1.60 MB)

10e

Strategies to Establish Flood Frequencies Associated with Flood Event High Water Marks

Report describing best practices using high water marks to develop flood frequencies associated with documented flood events.

PDF and Web Link

ASFPM 2014

http://floods.org/ace‐files/Projects/ASFPM_HWM_Report_Final_201406.pdf (pdf, 5.07 MB)
Strategies to Establish Flood Frequencies Associated with Flood Event High Water Marks (pdf, 5.07 MB)

11) LEVEES AND DAMS

11a

USACE National Levee Database

A dynamic database, developed by USACE, that describes location and condition of levees. There are ongoing efforts to add levee data from Federal, States and Tribes.

Web Link

USACE 2015

http://nld.usace.army.mil/egis/f?p=471:1

11b

USACE Levee System Evaluation for NFIP

USACE can provide assistance with levee certification under very limited circumstances. This factsheet provides some background.

PDF

USACE 2010

http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/LeveeSafetyProgram/USACEFEMACommunityPartnership.aspx
USACE Levee System Evaluation for NFIP (pdf, 149 KB)

11c

USACE Levee Owners Manual for Non‐Federal Flood Control Works

A manual providing general guidance for operation and maintenance of a levee and types of assistance USACE can provide for flood response.

PDF and Web Link

USACE 2006

http://www.nfrmp.us/docs/USACE_NonFed%20Levee%20Owner's%20Manual_Mar06.pdf
USACE Levee Owners Manual for Non‐Federal Flood Control Works (pdf, 16.2 MB)

11d

Common Questions: Levee Certification and FEMA Accreditation

A fact sheet that explains the differences between levee certification and accreditation, and the flood insurance implications.

PDF and Web Link

FEMA 2013

http://www.fema.gov/fema‐levee‐resources‐library
Common Questions: Levee Certification and FEMA Accreditation (pdf, 321 KB)

11e

Analysis and Mapping Procedures for Non‐accredited Levee Systems

Outlines FEMA's new process to analyze and map areas on landward side of non‐accredited levees systems that are shown ob NFIPs.

PDF and Web Link

FEMA 2013

http://www.fema.gov/media‐library/assets/documents/33587
Analysis and Mapping Procedures for Non‐accredited Levee Systems (pdf, 3.06 MB)

11f

Living with Levees

FEMA's Levee Outreach Toolkit is a web site with tools to assist communities with levee related outreach. The toolkit includes templates, flexible materials which local government officials and agencies can adapt and use to address flood risks behind levees and the flood insurance implications of levee status changes in their communities.

Web Link

FEMA

http://www.fema.gov/living‐levees‐its‐shared‐responsibility

11g

So, You Live Behind a Levee!

What you should know to protect your home and loved ones from floods.

PDF and Web Link

American Society of Civil Engineers 2010

http://ascelibrary.org/doi/pdf/10.1061/9780784410837 (pdf, 1.84 MB)
So, You Live Behind a Levee! (pdf, 2.09 MB)

11h

IDWR Dam Safety Program

Information about IDWR Dam Safety Program, including state contacts for more information.

PDF and Web Link

IDWR

https://www.idwr.idaho.gov/dams/
IDWR Dam Safety Program (pdf, 150 KB)

12) FUNDING ASSISTANCE AND GRANT PROGRAMS (OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARTNERSHIP)

12

Idaho Silver Jackets Program Guide

A multi‐agency technical resource for state and local agencies. A guide to facilitate communication, share information and provide 'one‐stop' to obtain information and identify solutions to reduce flood hazards.

PDF

Idaho Silver Jackets 2015

Idaho Silver Jackets Program Guide (pdf, 1.53 MB)

13) WEATHER AND RIVER FORECAST INFORMATION

13

Weather and River Forecast Information

Provides web page links to products and information available from the NOAA National Weather Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and U.S. Geological Survey related to weather forecast and river conditions. Includes descriptions and links to the Idaho Snow Survey program.

PDF

Compiled 2015

Weather and River Forecast Information (pdf, 114 KB)

14) IDAHO FLOOD HISTORY

14

Idaho Flood History

Provides webpages to products and information available from NOAA National weather Service, U.S. Geological Survey and Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security related to flooding in Idaho.

PDF

Compiled 2015

Idaho Flood History (pdf, 28.2 KB)

How Do I Use This Video and Information?

The Idaho Silver Jackets Team created this video and information resources with the newly appointed floodplain manager in mind. Your job is very important and we want you to know where you can go for resources from people in certain agencies, to help guide you to success. We have tried to include all information and who you can reach out to in one place. The links to forms, contact names and titles are included to help make your work easier.

Good luck and please reach out to any of the contacts for assistance. The resources provided are to help all of us protect and strengthen our communities.