Office of Water Resources


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ADECA’s Office of Water Resources (OWR) administers various programs relating to Alabama’s water resources including the Alabama Water Use Reporting Program, the Alabama Drought Planning and Response Program, and the Alabama Floodplain Management Program.

As part of the Floodplain Management Program, OWR represents Alabama in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to administer the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the Risk MAP Program, and to provide technical assistance for flood hazard mapping and compliant development in flood hazard areas.

In addition, OWR serves as the state liaison with federal agencies on major water resources related projects and studies as well as supporting environmental education and outreach programs to increase awareness of Alabama’s water resources.


OWR Mission Statement

The division plans, coordinates, develops and manages Alabama’s water resources, both ground and surface water, in a manner that is in the best interest of the state. This includes recommending policies and legislation, conducting technical studies, implementing and participating in programs and projects and actively representing Alabama’s intra and interstate water resource interests.



Latest Drought Declaration

Drought Declaration


OWR Policies

OWR NonDiscrimination Policy



Phone: (334) 242-5499  |  Toll free: (877) ALA WATER

Fax: (334) 242-0776