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FMA promotes the development of principles and tools for effective federal, state and local floodplain management programs and participates in an advisory role in a number of statewide and regional planning efforts such as: California Water Plan, California Alluvial Fan Task Force, Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project, Integrated Regional Water Management and the California Watershed Program. As a chapter of the Association of State Flood Plain Managers (ASFPM), FMA members also participate in shaping national policy relating to floodplain management.


The Floodplain Management Association is the premier voice for advancing flood safety and environmentally, economically and socially sustainable floodplains for the public benefit.


The Association’s mission is to improve flood safety and maximize floodplain resources through effective dialogue, collaboration, education, legislation and policy.


The Association’s values are guided by the practice of floodplain management, a dynamic set of strategies and actions that reduce flood risk and restore, enhance and maintain the natural functions and resources of floodplains.

  • Effective floodplain management incorporates structural and non-structural flood risk reduction strategies, considering the social, economic and environmental benefits.
  • Floodplain management must be carried out in a pro-active manner, not merely in response to flood events.
  • Floodplains should be managed for sustainability. Floodplain management policy and practice at local, state and federal levels must reflect integrated, multi-objective approaches to managing flood risk, land use and natural resources.
  • Floodplain management must leverage the state of the art scientific, technical and technological resources and methods available.
  • Effective floodplain management is critically dependent on the collaborative efforts among federal, state, local agencies, Tribal communities, landowners and other stakeholders.
  • Consistent local, state and federal policy, guidance and legislation are essential to providing a reliable social and legal foundation for floodplain management.
  • Local communities must be effectively informed of flood risk and exposure to flood hazards. These risks should be clearly communicated by local agencies on maps, plans and title documents to enable individuals to assess flood risk.
  • Regional/local floodplain management plans are an essential mechanism for realizing the multiple objectives of floodplain management to address existing, future and residual flood risk, and must be developed at the appropriate, watershed-based scale regardless of institutional boundaries.
  • Regional/local flood emergency plans, encompassing flood warning, evacuation, clean-up and recovery arrangements are an effective way to address residual flood risk, and should be based on effective multi-jurisdictional coordination at the optimal scale.
  • General plans must accurately reflect the existing, residual and future potential risk of flooding associated with current and future land uses.
  • The State, local and Tribal entities should engage in close coordination at regional and local scales, as appropriate, to evaluate and mitigate the effects of flood-related disasters.
  • Hazard mitigation planning at the most effective scale should reflect a comprehensive, multi-hazard approach to address natural and man-made hazards.


  • Stewardship: Manage, preserve and responsibly use association resources to benefit the membership, the profession and the public.
  • Collaboration: Seek opportunities to work with others who share our mission and goals and enhance our work through partnerships.
  • Integrity: Promote ethical behavior in floodplain management and demonstrate commitment to high professional standards; value honest dialogue.
  • Respect: Recognize the worth, diversity, and importance of all individuals with whom we work and serve.
  • Knowledge: Strive for excellence in informing, tracking and promoting cutting-edge floodplain management strategies. Foster inquiry, reflection, creativity and innovation and value the exchange of ideas. Develop and promote leaders in floodplain management and recognize and applaud achievement.
  • Leadership: The Association shall strive to be the foremost authority on floodplain management issues principally in California, Nevada and Hawaii.


  • Encourage the use of effective floodplain management principles and practices through education, outreach and training
  • Represent, recruit and involve members and stakeholders in local, state and federal floodplain management issues and policy
  • Promote leadership in floodplain management
  • Strengthen association partnerships with agencies, academia, and other associations

The Association hosts conferences, professional development workshops, symposiums and other events and publishes a monthly electronic update and a quarterly electronic newsletter. Please visit our membership page for a more detailed description of Association activities, and check the events calendar. Popular and informative monthly luncheons are organized in Sacramento and San Diego.

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