Floods & Natural HazardsASWM has been involved with the discussion on wetlands in the context of floodplains, flooding events and other natural hazards for over 20 years. Some 80% of wetlands are located in floodplains. Wetlands are especially important as they store a significant amount of floodwater, provide critical habitats for wildlife, improve water quality, and recharge groundwater. In addition to the resources published here, please also visit the Association of State Floodplain Managers, a long-time partner and "sister" organization of ASWM's.



Government Liability for Flood Hazards
By Jon Kusler, Esq., Ph.D. - April 2017

Legal Issues in Upgrading Flood Maps to Reflect Climate Change, Other Changed Conditions
By Jon Kusler – Association of State Wetland Managers – April 2016

Definition of Wetland, Floodplain, Riparian "Functions" and "Values"
By Jon Kusler – Association of State Wetland Managers – April 2016


Information for the Media on the Importance of Natural Floodplains

Floodplains are unique, natural features of the landscape. The natural resources and functions of floodplains provide numerous economic and environmental benefits that are an immense value to the Nation. Learn more.


Links for States and Individuals

Resources for States and Individuals After Floods

  • Department of Homeland Security
    These pages explain what actions to take when you receive a flood watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service for your local area and what to do before, during, and after a flood.