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Office of the Revisor of Statutes


The commissioner shall:


Establish statewide standards for management of floodplain areas which apply to private and governmental uses located therein.


Determine the availability of sufficient technical information for the delineation of floodplains and floodways on a watercourse.


Upon request, assist the local governmental unit in the drafting of a floodplain management ordinance which meets the provisions of Minnesota Statutes 1969, chapter 104 and the minimum standards set forth herein. This assistance may include, but not be limited to, creation of specific guidelines to be used locally in the formulation of reasonable regulations and other floodplain management practices based on sound technical data and consistent with state standards and community land use needs.


Review and approve floodplain management ordinances prior to adoption by the local governmental unit.


Where sufficient information is not available, cooperate to the fullest practical extent with appropriate federal agencies and local governmental units in securing adequate technical information which can be used for the delineation of floodplains and floodways along the state's watercourses.


Periodically review and upgrade floodplain management criteria based on new hydrologic, hydraulic, and other technical methodologies.


Disseminate to local governmental units, whenever available, technical information including information of federal programs involving floodplain areas, educational materials, and other material useful in carrying out a floodplain management program.


Survey the enforcement of floodplain management ordinances.


Coordinate federal, state, and local floodplain management activities in the state.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 104.05

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008