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Floodplain mitigation documents and Publications


  • A position paper by the Association of State Floodplain Managers on "Natural and Beneficial Floodplain Functions: Floodplain Management—More than Flood Loss Reduction". Gives reasons for the focusing on multiple floodplain functions, how they are handled in federal regulations, and how they can be monitored, protected, and restored. Also links to other useful resources. [2008. p.8] - View Link

  • "Living in Harmony with Streams: A Citizen’s Handbook to How Streams Work" is a good, general guidance document about how floodplains and their watersheds function and what influence changing part of the system can have on other parts - View Link

      • A Homeowners Guide to Mitigating Flood Risk: This handout guides homeowners through the process of assessing flood risks and evaluating mitigation options for protecting their homes from flood damage.
      • Landowner's guide to Live Staking: Planting native vegetation on streambanks is one of the cheapest, easiest, and most beneficial activities streamside landowners can do to reduce erosion and maintain healthy streams. This Stream Guide provides information on native plants of the Catskills that can be live staked.
      • Sediment Management: This Stream Guide explains the difference between the modern stream management practice of channel restoration to manage sediment transport and the historical practice of dredging. Developed for the Ashokan Watershed; applicable statewide.
  • The Natural and Beneficial Functions of Floodplains: Reducing Flood Loss by Protecting and Restoring the Floodplain Environment (2002) report to Congress by the Task Force on the Natural and Beneficial Functions of the Floodplain - View Link

  • The FEMA Preparedness Grants Manual helps guide applicants and recipients of grant funding on how to manage their grants. FEMA provides funding for communities looking to increase their flood resiliency and planning efforts - View Link

  • This checklist helps homeowners understand what must be provided to their flood insurance company or adjuster to be eligible for up to $30,000 under the Standard Flood Insurance Policy through Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) - View Link