The Premier Flood Conference
Join nearly 1,200 of the nation's floodplain managers June 1 - 6, 2014, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington as we pilot improvements in flood risk management and national policy. Government Officials, planners, engineers, consultants, watershed managers, flood protection product vendors, educators, and others will gather for the most comprehensive floodplain management conference in the world. Participants interact, exchange ideas, make contacts, form partnerships, and prepare for a more sustainable future for flood damage reduction.
Our theme for 2014 is a nod to our goals of habitat restoration and preservation as well as the tenets of multi-objective management. With over 71 families of fishes found in the waterways feeding into Puget Sound, including the distinctive steelhead salmon, Seattle is the perfect location to highlight our efforts to Make Room for Floods and Fish.
The Pacific Northwest, and Washington State in particular, owes much of its current topography to post-glacial flooding. The most recent of the region's four major glaciations receded 11,000 years ago, leaving behind vast quantities of impounded water in what is known as Lake Missoula. As the natural dams periodically gave way, the unbound waters of Lake Missoula coursed out through the Spokane area and across much of the Columbia Basin as the greatest flood ever geologically recorded. Carving the deep coulees of the "channeled scablands" across the Columbia Plateau, these waters converged in what is now Walulla Gap with a flow greater than all of the combined rivers of the world.
Today, with its 200 miles of waterfront, flooding is a natural concern in Seattle, which is surrounded on two sides by water and divided by a river and a canal. Interestingly, these major features don't pose the city's major flooding concerns; instead, it is several creeks inside the city and a couple of rivers outside the city that provide the greatest challenges. Major flooding events in Seattle often accompany winter storms that cause landslides and wind damage which tend to eclipse damage from flooding. However, flooding is still the most frequent natural hazard in Western Washington and Seattle can be affected when the Puget Sound Lowlands flood, disrupting regional and local transportation infrastructure and public utilities.
Throughout the week, more than 250 of the industry's experts will conduct plenary and concurrent sessions and share the state-of-the-art in techniques, programs, and resources to accomplish flood mitigation, watershed management, and other community goals. A three-day comprehensive exposition features the materials, equipment, accessories, and services vital to get the job done. Supplementary technical field tours and training workshops provide in-depth training. Numerous networking activities offer additional opportunities to learn from each other.
The conference is conducted by the Association of State Floodplain Managers, the world's leading voice for sound floodplain management, with 35 Chapters and over 15,000 members world-wide.