Flood Control and Watershed Management (Maryland)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

EZFeed Policy

Place Maryland

Applies to States or Provinces Maryland
Name Flood Control and Watershed Management (Maryland)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Maryland Department of the Environment
Primary Website http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Water/FloodHazardMitigation/RegulationsforFloodplainDevelopment/Pages/Programs/WaterPrograms/Flood_Hazard_Mitigation/devRegulations/index.aspx

Last Review 2014-09-15


Counties and towns are required to issue permits for development within the 100-year floodplain. Development is broadly defined to include any man-made change to land, including grading, filling, dredging, extraction, storage, subdivision of land, and the construction or improvement of structures. The Department of the Environment is responsible for developing and administering a program to minimize the risk of flooding in the state, providing assistance to local governments, and implementing relevant regulations. Separate flood management plans are typically devised for each watershed by local governments in consultation with the Department and associated state agencies. Flood management plans typically involve some restrictions on development in flood zones, especially in 100-year floodplains. Special regulations apply to the Jones Falls watershed in Baltimore County.

Policy Contact

Department Maryland Department of the Environment

Address 1800 Washington Boulevard

Place Baltimore, Maryland
Zip/Postal Code 21230
Phone (410) 537-3000

Department Local governmental agencies


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Environment Article, 5-701 et seq. and 5-801 et seq., Annotated Code of Maryland

Authority 2: COMAR 26.17.05