What is a Cooperating Technical Partner Program (CTP)?
What is the Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) Program?
There are approximately 23,000 communities across the Nation that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and this creates a challenge to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to keep the flood hazard maps current. The Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) Program is a federal initiative designed to maintain up-to-date flood hazard maps through the creation of project partnerships between FEMA and participating NFIP communities. There are a number of positive reasons for partnering with FEMA to produce more accurate digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs) including:
- The technical data used for County permitting and planning becomes the basis for the creation of new and revision of existing DFIRMs, thereby facilitating more efficient floodplain management;
- The Program provides opportunities to input local experience and knowledge throughout the process, thereby establishing a local focus into a national program;
- The partnership mechanism provides the opportunity to pool County, city, and FEMA resources and to extend the productivity of limited public funds; and
- Partnering communities receive Community Rating System (CRS) credits towards reducing homeowner flood insurance premiums.
Additional information on the CTP Program can be obtained by visiting CTP Program. A list of frequently asked questions is available on FEMA’s website at http://www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/fhm/ctp_qa1.shtm.
What CTP Projects are currently being addressed in Unincorporated Ventura County?
In 2007, the unincorporated County of Ventura entered into a CTP with FEMA to study the floodplains along the Ventura River and the Santa Clara River. Both studies are ongoing and information can be viewed on this page.
As a CTP community, the unincorporated Ventura County along with the cities of Moorpark, Ojai, Santa Paula, and Ventura was invited by FEMA to submit an application for funding ($500,000) of floodplain maps. The CTP Partnership Agreement between the County and FEMA was signed on February 25, 2010 and the technical scope of work was finalized in a ‘Mapping Activity Statement (MAS)’ on September 17, 2010. The study areas include:
- East Ojai alluvial fan floodplain in the Unincorporated Ventura County and City of Ojai (District 1);
- A segment of Walnut Canyon in the Unincorporated Ventura County and City of Moorpark (District 4);
- A segment of Happy Valley Drain tributary in the Unincorporated Ventura County and City of Ojai (District 1);
- A segment of Orcutt Canyon in the Unincorporated Ventura County and City of Santa Paula (District 3);
- A segment of the lower Ventura River in the Unincorporated Ventura County and City of Ventura (District 1); and
- A segment of Jepson Wash in the Unincorporated Ventura County (District 3).