Stream Base Flood Elevations: Santa Cruz County, California, 2015
Garcia, Paul and Price, Matt
This polyline shapefile depicts locations of base flood elevations (BFEs) for streams in the County of Santa Cruz, California. BFEs are the computed elevations to which floodwaters are anticipated to rise during the Base Flood. The BFE is the regulatory requirement for the elevation or floodproofing of structures and it determines the flood insurance premium. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) is the basis for floodplain management, mitigation and insurance activities for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The file is georeferenced to earth's surface using the UTM projection and coordinate system. The specifications for the horizontal control of DFIRM data files are consistent with those required for mapping at a scale of 1:12,000. This layer is part of a collection of GIS data created for Santa Cruz County, California.The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Unit falls under the purview of the County of Santa Cruz Information Services Department. The GIS Unit serves all County departments and external customers and provides data on land, features and people of Santa Cruz County. Santa Cruz County encompasses 4 cities and approximately 265,000 people. This coverage can be used for basic applications such as viewing, querying and map output production, or to provide a basemap to support graphical overlays and analyses of geospatial data.