Reminder to Jurisdictions: Submission Deadline for Nuisance Flood Plans Approaching

Planning in Progress

Tidally-driven nuisance floods are happening with more frequency. While nuisance flooding may not pose a serious threat or result in major damage, these events can interrupt and impact daily routines and negatively impact commerce. 

In accordance with Maryland House Bill 1427 (2019), §3-1018(b) and (c), on or before October 1, 2020, a local jurisdiction that experiences nuisance flooding shall develop a plan to address nuisance flooding. The Nuisance Flood Plan Development Guidance document, released in October 2019, provides background information on nuisance flooding, a development process for creating a plan, and a sample plan. 

If a jurisdiction is looking for guidance or would like a review of their draft plan, The Maryland Departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Planning, as well as the Maryland Emergency Management Agency are available to assist. To receive input on your draft plan, please send it to Sasha Land at DNR at by July 29, 2020. Feedback will be provided by September 1, 2020. The plan submission deadline is October 1, 2020, and we encourage all communities to continue to meet this requirement. If the pandemic has made this deadline problematic, please contact Joe Griffiths at and let us know before the deadline. 

For questions and/or assistance regarding Nuisance Flood Plans for your jurisdiction, please also reach out to Sasha Land at 

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