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The mission of the EPA is to protect human health and the environment.
Enforcing environmental laws is an integral part of EPA's Strategic Plan to protect human health and the environment.
Research and technical assistance is focused on several major areas that include drinking water and water quality, wastewater, water resources, and water security.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a Nation, we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. 
FEMA's Community Rating System provides lower insurance premiums under the National Flood Insurance Porgram.  The premium reductino is in th eform of a CRS Class, similar to the classifications used for fire insurance.
FEMA's Flood Insurance Rate Maps (Floodplain Maps)
FEMA's National Preparedness Directorate; CDP Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP); Emergency Management Institute (EMI); National Training and Education Division (NTED).
In 1968, Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to help provide a means for property owners to financially protect themselves.  The NFIP offers flood insurance to homeowners, renters, and business owners if their community participates in the NFIP.
NOAA's Mission is Science, Service, and Stewardship.  To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts; To share knowledge and information with others; and To conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.
As part of the Federal Government's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Coastal Services Center works with private and public sector partners to address coastal issues.
In the United States, where over half of us live along the coast and more than 78% of our overseas trade by volume comes and goes along our marine highways, the health of our coasts is intricately connected to the health of our Nation's economy.  The National Ocean Service (NOS) is the Nation's ocean and coastal agency.
The goal of the National Weather Service (NWS) is to provide weather, water and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the National economy.
Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS) is a web based suite of accurate and information rich forecast products.  They display the magnitude and uncertainty of occurrence of floods or droughts, from hours to days and months, in advance.
Within that narrow strip of land and water we call our coast, there is a nationally significant story to tell.  To help tell that story and encourage the need to better understand, manage, and protect our natural resources, NOAA has developed this State of the Coast (SOTC) web site: a clear, simple, and engaging web destination that will foster an increased awareness of the crucial importance of healthy coastal ecosystems to a robust US economy, a safe population, and a sustainable quality of life for coastal residents.
NRCS works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit  the soil, water, air, plants and animals that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems.
USACE's mission is to provide public engineering services in peace and war to strengthen our Nation's security, energize the economy, and reduce risks from disasters.
The USACE Flood Risk Management Program (FRMP) works across the agency to focus the policies, programs and expertise of USACE toward reducing overall flood risk.
The primary goal of HEC is to support the Nation in its water resources management responsibilities by increasing the Corps technical capability in hydrologic engineering and water resources planning and management.  An additional goal is to provide leadership in improving the state-of-the-art in hydrologic engineering and analytical methods for natural resource planning.
Since its beginnings in 1969, the Institue was envisioned to provide the Corps with long-range planning capabilities to assist in improving the civil works planning process.  Today the Institute continues to provide the Civil Works program with a variety of products to enhance water resources development.
The Department of the Interior protects and manages the Nation's natural resources and cultural heritage; provides scientific and other information about these resources; and honors its trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities.

US Department of Transportation
Department of Transportation serves the US by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people today, and into the future.

US Fish & Wildlife Service
The objective of US Fish & Wildlife is to assist in the development and application of an environmental stewardship ethic for our society, based on ecological principles, scientific knowledge of fish and wildlife, and a sense of moral respoonsibility; Guide the conservation, development and management of the Nation's fish and wildlife resources; and administer a national program to provide the public opportunities to understand, appreciate, and wisely use fish and wildlife resources.

US Forest Service
The US Forest Service protects 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 43 states and Puerto Rico.  The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

US Geological Survey
The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.
USGS Water Resources for New York
Here you'll find information on New York's rivers, lakes and estuaries.  You'll also find information about groundwater, water quality and many other topics.