Floodplain Management Services Program

Chicago District
Published Jan. 11, 2024

Floodplain Management Services Program


How to Apply for a FPMS Study

Most people know that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers builds water resource projects, like dams and levees.  Not so well known; however, is that the Corps also provides assistance to help states, eligible Native American Tribes, and local governments prepare their own plans and initiate their own actions to manage water and related land resources. 

Each year, the Chicago District receives funds for the FPMS Program to support comprehensive flood plain management planning, with technical services and planning guidance at all appropriate government levels.

The goal of the FPMS Program is to foster public understanding for dealing with flood hazards and to promote prudent use and management of the nation's floodplains. People who live and work in the floodplains need to know about the flood hazards and the actions they can take to reduce property damage and to prevent the loss of life caused by flooding. Land-use adjustments based on proper planning and the employment of techniques for controlling and reducing flood damages provide a rational way to balance the advantages and disadvantages of human settlement on floodplains. These adjustments are the key to sound floodplain management.

Technical services and planning guidance under the FPMS program are provided to state, regional, and local governments without charge, within program funding limits, and generally last about 12 months. FPMS services are conducted completely at the federal expense, however, FPMS services for federal agencies and private persons are on a cost-recovery or fee basis.

FPMS is 100% federally-funded, so no cost share is required of communities. The program does not give the Corps the authority to complete detailed final designs or construction activities.


To apply for FPMS funds, submit a request to  The request should be submitted by a state, local government agency, or eligible Native American Indian tribe.

FPMS applications are due March 1, 2024.


FPMS Overview Presentation January 25, 2024


FPMS Overview Webinar - January 25,2024


Contact Information

Kira Baltutis
(312) 846-5514

David Handwerk
(312) 846-5455



Funding and Planning

Upon an approved request, the Corps provides program services to state, regional and local governments, Indian tribes, and other non-federal public agencies without charge.

The Corps also offers program services to non-water resource federal agencies and to the private sector on an 100-percent cost-recovery basis. For most of these requests, we require payment before we provide services. The Corps uses a schedule of charges to recover the cost of services taking up to one day to provide. Additionally, the Corps uses letter requests or signed agreements to charge for those that take longer.

We encourage all entities that make requests to furnish available field survey data, maps of historical flood information and the like, to help reduce the cost of services.

Types of Deliverables

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a map showing the LRC district boundaries
a map showing the LRC district boundaries
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a map showing the LRC district boundaries
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  • Flood Modeling and Preparedness
  • Flood Hazard Vulnerability Analysis
  • Flood Proofing
  • Inundation of Flood Plain Mapping
  • Hurricane Preparedness and Evacuation 
  • Evacuation of Structural and Nonstructural Alternatives
  • Storm Water Management
  • Emergency Action Plain/Floodplain Management Plan Assistance 
  • Dam Failure Analysis
  • Inventory of Flood Prone Structure
  • Nonstructural Flood Risk Management Workshops
  • Risk Communication and Public Education
  • Natural and Nature-Based Solutions
  • Assessment Tools and Processes

Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice (EJ) is defined as, "the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income regarding the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies, with no group bearing a disproportionate burden of environmental harms and risks." USACE is committed to fostering EJ by improving outreach and access to USACE Civil Works information, resources, and technical service programs such as PAS, FPMS, and CAP. USACE also supports the Administration's Justice40 Initiative to secure environmental justice and spur economic opportunity for disadvantaged communities. USACE is furthering this effort with a focus on clean water, waste infrastructure, and climate resiliency. For more information on Environmental Justice in Civil Works and the Justice40 Initiative, follow the links below.

USACE Environmental Justice Program