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Flood Plain Management Services: Minnesota

Published March 16, 2017
Updated: Sept. 20, 2019

The Flood Plain Management Services (FPMS) program is authorized by Section 206 of the Flood Control Act of 1960 (PL 86‒645), as amended. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers developed the FPMS program specifically to address the needs of people who live and work in floodplains. This is a program to educate these individuals on flood hazards and the actions they can take to reduce property damage and prevent the loss of life. The program’s objective is to foster public understanding of the options for dealing with flood hazards and to promote prudent use and management of the nation’s floodplains.

Typical Types of Studies

The FPMS program provides the full range of technical services and planning guidance that is needed to support effective floodplain management. The most common types of studies are floodplain delineation, flood hazard evaluation, dam break analysis, hurricane evacuation, flood warning and preparedness, regulatory floodway analysis, comprehensive floodplain management, flood risk reduction, urbanization impacts, storm water management, flood proofing and inventory of flood-prone structures. The program also provides assistance for conducting workshops and seminars on nonstructural floodplain management measures such as flood proofing.


The Upper Mississippi Regional Discharge-Frequency Study was requested by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR). The study was completed in fiscal year 2015, continuing with follow-on work as recommended for the discharge-frequency curve for the Mississippi River at St. Paul, Minnesota. There are three other ongoing FPMS hydrology studies requested by the MNDNR and initiated in fiscal year 2014: Cannon River, Kettle River/Upper St. Croix River and the South Fork of the Crow River. These three studies have additional work requests from the sponsor. A potential study that has been requested is High Island Creek Watershed study for hydrologic and hydraulic analyses.


Upon request, program services are provided without charge to state, regional and local governments; federally recognized Native American tribes; and other non-federal public agencies. Entities may provide voluntary contributions toward requested services to expand the scope or accelerate the provision of these services. Program services are also offered to non-water resource federal agencies and the private sector on a 100 percent cost recovery basis, paid before services are provided.

Current Studies and Projects

Upper Mississippi River Regional Discharge-Frequency study:
Estimated study cost                              $398,000
Funding to date                                       $398,000

Cannon River:
Estimated study cost                              $220,000
Funding to date                                       $120,000

Kettle River/Upper St. Croix River:
Estimated study cost                              $375,000
Funding to date                                       $316,000

South Fork of the Crow River:
Estimated study cost                              $300,000
Funding to date                                       $175,000