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Surface Water



Historical Perspective

In 1977, Governor Castro signed Executive Order No. 77-6  PDF   thereby requiring all state agencies to comply with the National Flood Insurance Program, National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, and the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973.

In 1980, the Arizona State Legislature designated the newly created Arizona Department of Water Resources as the state coordinating agency for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).


Several key components in statute give authority to the Director of the Department to do the following:

  • Act as the official representative for the State with regard to floodplain activities, including investigation, study, survey, and compilation of data, and to keep the public informed;
  • Assist in the establishment of floodplain boundaries;
  • Assist the flood control districts with topographic mapping if sufficient funds are available;
  • Contract with private businesses or other government agencies for floodplain management activities; and
  • Act as the State Coordinator for assistance to local jurisdictions in the National Flood Insurance Program; coordinate with the Army Corps of Engineers flood management services; and coordinate research among Federal, State, and local agencies, including making recommendations.



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