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Canada releases floodplain mapping guidelines

March 14, 2017  By Ground Water Canada

Ottawa – In an effort to improve Canada’s response to flooding, the federal government has released the first of a series of guidelines for provinces and communities as a resource for floodplain mapping projects and activities in Canada.

The purpose of this framework is to introduce Federal Floodplain Mapping Guidelines Series documents and to provide a framework for how each fits into the overall floodplain mapping life cycle.

Specifically, it will provide a brief history of past and present floodplain mapping efforts in Canada, a summary of floodplain mapping roles and responsibilities and an overview of the contents of the documents that make up the Federal Floodplain Mapping Guidelines Series.


The guidelines provide details on technical aspects of the following such activities as hydrologic and hydraulic investigation, floodplain mapping, risk assessment, determining the effects of climate change on flood modelling, LiDAR data acquisition, and land use planning.

The full guidelines are available here.

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