33 U.S. Code § 709a - Information on floods and flood damage
(a) Compilation and dissemination
In recognition of the increasing use and development of the flood plains of the rivers of the United States and of the need for information on flood hazards to serve as a guide to such development, and as a basis for avoiding future flood hazards by regulation of use by States and political subdivisions thereof, and to assure that Federal departments and agencies may take proper cognizance of flood hazards, the Secretary of the Army, through the Chief of Engineers, is hereby authorized to compile and disseminate information on floods and flood damages, including identification of areas subject to inundation by floods of various magnitudes and frequencies, and general criteria for guidance of Federal and non-Federal interests and agencies in the use of flood plain areas; and to provide advice to other Federal agencies and local interests for their use in planning to ameliorate the flood hazard. Surveys and guides will be made for States and political subdivisions thereof only upon the request of a State or a political subdivision thereof, and upon approval by the Chief of Engineers, and such information and advice provided them only upon such request and approval.
(b) Flood prevention coordination
The Secretary shall coordinate with the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the heads of other Federal agencies to ensure that flood control projects and plans are complementary and integrated to the extent practicable and appropriate.
The Secretary of the Army is authorized to establish and collect fees from Federal agencies and private persons for the purpose of recovering the cost of providing services pursuant to this section. Funds collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited into the account of the Treasury of the United States entitled “Contributions and Advances, Rivers and Harbor, Corps of Engineers (8862)” and shall be available until expended to carry out this section. No fees shall be collected from State, regional, or local governments or other non-Federal public agencies for services provided pursuant to this section, but the Secretary of the Army may accept funds voluntarily contributed by such entities for the purpose of expanding the scope of the services requested by the entities.
Source(Pub. L. 86–645, title II, § 206,July 14, 1960, 74 Stat. 500; Pub. L. 89–298, title II, § 220,Oct. 27, 1965, 79 Stat. 1089; Pub. L. 89–789, title II, § 206,Nov. 7, 1966, 80 Stat. 1422; Pub. L. 91–611, title II, § 225,Dec. 31, 1970, 84 Stat. 1832; Pub. L. 93–251, title I, § 64,Mar. 7, 1974, 88 Stat. 30; Pub. L. 101–640, title III, § 321,Nov. 28, 1990, 104 Stat. 4643; Pub. L. 106–53, title II, §§ 202, 216,Aug. 17, 1999, 113 Stat. 285, 293; Pub. L. 109–295, title VI, § 612(c),Oct. 4, 2006, 120 Stat. 1410; Pub. L. 113–121, title I, § 1030(h),June 10, 2014, 128 Stat. 1232.)
2014—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 113–121substituted “$50,000,000” for “$15,000,000”.
1999—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 106–53, § 216, added subsec. (b). Former subsec. (b) redesignated (c).
Pub. L. 106–53, § 202, inserted before period at end of third sentence “, but the Secretary of the Army may accept funds voluntarily contributed by such entities for the purpose of expanding the scope of the services requested by the entities”.
Subsecs. (c), (d). Pub. L. 106–53, § 216(1), redesignatedsubsecs. (b) and (c) as (c) and (d), respectively.
1990—Pub. L. 101–640added subsec. (b) and redesignated former subsec. (b) as (c).
1974—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 93–251substituted “$15,000,000” for “$11,000,000”.
1970—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 91–611substituted “$11,000,000” for “$7,000,000”.
1966—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 89–789, in amending subsec. (a) generally, substituted “political subdivisions thereof” for “municipalities” and “advice” for “engineering advice”, inserted provision “to assure that Federal departments and agencies may take proper cognizance of flood hazards”, provided for guidance of Federal and non-Federal interests and agencies and advice to other Federal agencies, and for surveys and guides upon request of a State or political subdivision in lieu of surveys and studies for specific localities upon request of a State or responsible local governmental agency.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 89–789substituted “expend not to exceed $7,000,000 per fiscal year for the compilation and dissemination of information under this section” for “allot, from any appropriations hereafter made for flood control, sums not to exceed $2,500,000 in any one fiscal year for the compilation and dissemination of such information”.
1965—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 89–298substituted “$2,500,000” for “$1,000,000”.
Change of Name
“Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency” substituted for “Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency” in subsec. (b) on authority of section 612(c) ofPub. L. 109–295, set out as a note under section 313 of Title 6, Domestic Security. Any reference to the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in title VI of Pub. L. 109–295or an amendment by title VI to be considered to refer and apply to the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency until Mar. 31, 2007, see section 612(f)(2) ofPub. L. 109–295, set out as a note under section 313 of Title 6.