Capital Improvement Program
The District primarily accomplishes structural flood hazard mitigation through its five-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) – the revolving funding plan for accomplishing capital projects. Guided by County strategic goals and objectives, the CIP drives design and construction of new infrastructure in conjunction with the District’s planning activities.
A CIP establishes a schedule and funding for each capital improvement project according to its priority, merit and need. Additionally, the CIP is to document planned District projects to help integrate District work with the larger community by aligning District planning with other local agency planning efforts.
The Prioritization Procedure promotes a balanced approach to the evaluation of proposed projects. The District attempts to identify and support flood control and regional drainage projects that not only provide long-term protection to individuals and property from flash floods and seasonal flooding, but that also promote community development, protect natural habitats and maintain watercourse flow paths.
All newly proposed projects are evaluated according to predetermined and weighted criteria by a Project Evaluation Committee. These criteria are:
- Agency Funding Commitment and Priority
- Flood Control / Drainage Master Plan Element
- Flooding Threat
- Level of Protection
- Area Protected
- Ancillary Benefits
- Level of Partner(s) Participation
- Operations and Maintenance Costs to the District
Small Project Assistance Program
The District has recognized that, particularly in urban areas, localized flooding hazards exist where large structural solutions would be impractical. The Small Project Assistance Program provides a mechanism for the District to commit funding, on a limited basis, to advancing localized solutions in these situations.
The program terms restrict per-project District funding to $500,000 or 75% of project design and construction costs, whichever is less. Submitting municipalities are solely responsible for rights-of-way acquisition, utility relocation, construction management, and operations and maintenance, and are responsible for construction costs in excess of the District’s contribution limit.
Projects submitted under this program are evaluated each October, under an entirely objective method, based mainly on the frequency and severity of property flooding mitigated by the proposed project, and based on project implementation readiness. Individual project resolutions are not required for projects recommended under this program. Intergovernmental agreement (IGA) terms for these projects are non-negotiable, and IGAs are required to be in place in advance of expenditure of reimbursable project costs.
Floodprone Property Assistance Program
The Floodprone Property Assistance Program provides resources to mitigate flood hazards where the construction of flood control structures are impractical. Homeowners living within delineated floodplains may apply for assistance under this program. Eligible homeowners may qualify for a voluntary sale to the District at appraised market value and for assistance with moving expenses under certain circumstances.
Homes purchased by the District under this program are demolished, and the land is held open to allow the floodplain to return to its natural function.
Given the scarcity of water as a resource, the District is researching innovative ways to conserve water and demonstrate alternative stormwater management techniques.
The Flood Control District of Maricopa County’s STEM Curriculum provides lessons for grades 3-8 which are intended to support Earth’s water standards. All of the lessons have been developed in alignment with Arizona Science Standards.
Community Rating System
The National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes communities for implementing floodplain management practices that exceed the federal minimum requirements of the NFIP to provide protection from flooding. In exchange for a community's proactive efforts to reduce flood risk, policyholders can receive reduced flood insurance premiums for buildings in the community. These reduced premiums reflect the reduced flood risk resulting from community efforts toward achieving the three CRS goals:
- Reduce flood damage to insurable property.
- Strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NFIP.
- Encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management.
The Flood Control District of Maricopa County has participated in this program since 1991. Through the annual accreditation process, the District is now at Class 4, which gives residents of unincorporated Maricopa County up to a 30 percent discount on their flood insurance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local documentation is available at the Maricopa County’s Flood Control District and the Southwest Regional Library. Also, you can learn more about the NFIP and its Community Rating System at .