Floodplain Management Executive Orders

Executive Orders

FEMA’s Floodplain Management follows directives set by the Executive Office.

Executive Order 11988: Floodplain Management

Executive Order 11988 requires federal agencies to avoid to the extent possible the long and short-term adverse impacts associated with the occupancy and modification of flood plains and to avoid direct and indirect support of floodplain development wherever there is a practicable alternative.


 

 

Executive Order 11990, Protection of Wetlands, 1977

Executive Order 11990 aims to “minimize the destruction, loss or degradation of wetlands and to preserve and enhance the natural and beneficial values of wetlands.”  To meet these objectives, the Order requires federal agencies, in planning their actions, to consider alternatives to wetland sites and limit potential damage if an activity affecting a wetland cannot be avoided.