Pennsylvania Floodplain Management Program
- Contact Address
- 400 Market Street 3rd Floor Rachel Carson State Office Building Harrisburg, PA 17101
- Pennsylvania Floodplain Management Program
The Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Waterways Engineering and Wetlands (BWEW) is the agency responsible for floodplain management in Pennsylvania. The BWEW operates one of the few state-level comprehensive flood protection programs in the United States. The program evaluates flood prone areas, designs stream improvement and flood protection facilities, and manages the construction of these projects. It also coordinates the planning, design and construction of federal flood control and bank stabilization projects.
The Flood Protection Program responds to requests from municipalities, state and federal legislators, county and state government officials and private residents to investigate flood problems, and determine the feasibility of providing solutions to these flood problems. The main objective of the program is to minimize property damage and the possibility of loss of life. Additionally, the Flood Protection Program manages the inspection and rehabilitation of completed flood control projects.
The BWEW website http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/bureau_of_waterways_engineering_and_wetlands/11202 contains links to a variety of floodplain related publications including fact sheets and the “Flood Protection Manual” a document explaining protection projects and policies for local government officials.