Completed 2011.

Funding: Environmental Protection Agency.

The purpose of this report was to evaluate tools (laws, policies, programs and practices) that Montana and local governments could use to reduce flood damage and protect the natural and beneficial floodplain functions. These tools were evaluated and compared to best management practices, "No Adverse Impact" floodplain management and highly effective programs from other states and local governments. Attention was paid to any existing regulations, rules, standards and guidelines or other policies, programs and practices that inadvertently incentivize development in floodplains or allow adverse impacts to the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains.

Strengthening Policies and Programs that Reduce Flood Risk and Protect Floodplains