The Engineering Division consists of two Sections – Floodplain Management and Dam Safety.
Flood Warning & Floodplain Management programs reduce risk to life and property by assisting local flood control and floodplain management efforts. The Flood Warning Program coordinates with local communities, state and federal agencies for the planning, design, construction and operation of flood warning systems, operates and maintains field equipment, and hosts the statewide flood warning website (afws.org). The Floodplain Management Program coordinates the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in Arizona, assists local communities participating in the NFIP through implementation of the federally-funded Community Assistance and cooperating Technical Partners programs, and publishes state criteria for floodplain delineations at the local level.
The Dam Safety Program is responsible for the safety of all non-federal dams in Arizona. This is accomplished through the review of applications for proposed new dams, the monitoring of construction of new dams and the repairs for existing structures. Program personnel inspect and evaluate operating dams to determine if safety deficiencies exist, and then develop actions to remove those deficiencies.