Are you planning a building project near a river? Are you trying to understand floodplain management and how to comply with FEMA standards? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Baseline Engineering Corporation understands that it can be overwhelming trying to keep track of every aspect of a building project. Hiring a company that handles many of these elements allows you to make sure your project is as successful as possible. Our company is the best in the business. We’ve been assisting with projects large and small across Colorado for over two decades. If you’re interested in learning more about why hiring a floodplain manager is important, keep reading. If you want to get in touch with our expert team, our online submission form is a great way to do so.

What is Floodplain Management?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the federal organization in charge of coordinating disaster relief at the national level and working on disaster prevention. The FEMA web page describes floodplain management as “the operation of a community program of preventive and corrective measures to reduce the risk of current and future flooding.” While FEMA maintains minimum standards, each state has the right to create its own laws involving floodplains. One of Colorado’s most recent floodplain regulations states that floodways must stay free of blockages so that the water can discharge without rising past one-half of a foot in these areas. There are other rules and regulations involving floodplains as well.

Floodplain Managers: A Wise Choice

With so many rules and regulations, making sure your project is compliant with the law is important. That’s where a floodplain manager comes in. Here at Baseline Engineering Corporation, we’re experts in a variety of civil engineering fields. Floodplain analysis, mapping, and permitting, all vital parts of floodplain management, fall under that expertise. Our team understands that your project must pass the inspection of public agencies and local municipalities throughout the planning process. We combine knowledge with strong management practices to ensure your time and money are treated with the utmost respect.

Colorado Hazard Mapping Program (CHAMP)

Following the 2013 flood, the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) initiated a program to re-map the 100-year flood zones of the most affected waterways. The program was named the “Colorado Hazard Mapping Program” or “CHAMP.” FEMA issued Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) based on CHAMP data in September 2019. The FEMA process after receiving Preliminary FIRMs includes a formal public comment and appeal period (anticipated for spring 2020), further analysis, and the release of final effective FIRMs. Many properties once thought to be “outside” the floodplain are now “in” the floodplain.

Local Civil Engineering

Part of our service is providing the best possible customer service and helping every property owner understand the processes involved with conforming to todays regulations. With the amount of work that goes into a building project, hiring a team that makes your life less stressful is the right call. Whether you need help with floodplain management or you’re looking for a different type of civil engineering service, Baseline Engineering Corporation can help. If you want to learn about some of the jobs we’ve done through our years of operation, check out our portfolio. Through the years, we’ve completed jobs both large and small. We take pride in the work we do. You can rely on us to strive for perfection in our work. Don’t wait any longer, contact us and see why we’re the best in the business.