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Proposed bill would have USGS take over responsibility for the nation's flood maps
Monday, April 23, 2018

Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) recently introduced H.R. 5559, a bill that would transfer "functions related to the preparation of flood maps" from FEMA to USGS. The USGS prepares some general maps of flooding, while FEMA manages flood insurance rate maps, which define areas where communities must regulate development in order to make flood insurance available to their property owners.

It would be a bold move, stripping a Department of Homeland Security agency of a high-profile and politically-sensitive task and handing it to an Interior Department agency, which is a well know science agency with few controversial programs. NFIP flood mapping is an issue that gets lots of attention.

ASFPM Senior Policy Advisor Larry Larson said, "It's important to keep in mind that this is simply proposed legislation and we have no idea if it has much support. We will keep our eye on it and let our membership know if this is getting any traction."






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