Utah Department of Public Safety

Emergency Management - Utah's Map Modernization Program

Map Mod Implementation Plan for Utah


The Map Mod Program is designed to produce more accurate and accessible flood maps by using advanced technology to gather accurate data and make the flood maps, and the digital information on which they are based, available on the Internet. Nearly 70 percent of the nation's floodplain maps no longer reflect current flood hazard risks because of such changes as erosion and development that can alter drainage patterns and thus the areas at highest risk of flooding. Moreover, since many flood maps were created or last updated, there have been improvements in the techniques for assessing and displaying flood risks.

By producing more accurate and accessible digital flood maps through map modernization, the nation will benefit in three ways. First, communities can use more accurate digital maps to reduce flood risk within floodplains by more effectively regulating development through zoning and building standards. Second, accurate digital maps available on the Internet will facilitate the identification of property owners who are statutorily required to obtain or who would be best served by obtaining flood insurance. Third, accurate and precise data will help national, state, and local officials to accurately locate infrastructure and transportation systems (e.g. power plants, sewage treatment plants, railroads, bridges, and ports) to help mitigate and manage risk for multiple hazards, both natural and man - made. Additionally, flood maps are used an estimated 20 million times annually. Communities and developers use flood maps to determine safe areas in which to build. Insurance agents and lenders use flood maps to determine which properties are flood prone. Home and business owners use flood maps to determine their flood risk and protect their property. By committing to this mutli - year mapping effort, the Nation will save an estimated $45 billion dollars over the next 50 years.

Utah is dedicated in supporting the National Map Modernization Program Goals. Our maps are some of the oldest and outdated in the country, yet we are the 4th fastest growing state. The need for new and accurate mapping is evident. Utah is participating in the Map Modernization Program by being a Cooperative Technical Partner (CTP). The responsibilities of the Utah Map Modernization Program are to provide general technical assistance to the communities, prioritize mapping projects, coordinate all mapping efforts in the state, hiring of mapping contractors, project management of all the Map Mod program, keeping mapping projects on schedule, assure proper documentation is submitted to FEMA, help communities update their ordinance to support the new mapping in their community, and coordinate with the FEMA Regional office on mapping process and status.

For more information on Utah's Map Modernization Program, please call John Crofts, MMMS Coordinator at (801) 538-3332, or contact him by Email.

Utah's Mapping Priorities

Utah's criteria for prioritizing mapping projects mirror the National Mapping Needs criterion. Priorities are established by population growth and development pressure, flooding risk, repetitive losses, leverage, age of maps, and inaccurate maps. Counties were prioritized according to these factors. Priorities may change due to budget limitations.

FY04 (studies currently underway)
Cache County
Davis County

FY05 (scoping to begin in January '05)
Washington County
Tooele County
Uintah County

FY06 *
Iron County
Wasatch County
Morgan County

FY07 *
Sevier County
Sanpete County
Box Elder County

* More mapping may be added based on early successes and funding appropriations.


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