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Sunday - April 30, 2017

8:00 – 12:30

ASFPM Board of Directors meeting - L2: 2502-B

9:00 – 5:00





$ TRAINING WORKSHOP Floodplain Management 101 - L2: 2504-A

Fee: $80 (includes course materials), 6.5 CECs
Instructors: Jennifer Marcy, CFM, Atkins; Heidi M. Carlin, CFM; & Shanna Michael, CFM, AECOM

Floodplain Management 101 covers the basic tenets of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the minimum administrative requirements to successfully implement a community floodplain management program. Participants will learn the fundamentals of individual and local responsibilities for managing flood risks and loss through proper permitting and planning. Topics covered include: NFIP Basics, Maps & Flood Insurance Studies, the Floodplain Manager's Role, and NFIP Compliance. This workshop is targeted at new floodplain managers with less than two years of experience.

Noon – 1:00

Lunch on your own

Enjoy Kansas City!

1:00 – 3:00





$ TRAINING WORKSHOP * Building Codes & Standards: Recent Changes & FEMA Policies - L3: 3501-C
Fee: $45, 2 CECs
Instructors: John Ingargiola, EI, CBO, CFM, FEMA Building Science Branch; Rebecca Quinn, CFM, RCQuinn Consulting

For many years FEMA has considered building codes a cornerstone of effective mitigation and the agency's strategic plans have included support for development and adoption of rigorous, risk-informed building codes and standards. This workshop will identify recently adopted significant changes in the I-Codes and ASCE 24 and changes coming in the 2018 edition of the I-Codes.  We will explain how reliance on codes and standards is incorporated into FEMA policies and programs: Community Rating System; Hazard Mitigation grants (retrofit, reconstruction projects, elevation, code adoption, post-disaster enforcement); NFIP Floodproofing Certificate; and Public Assistance (for repair of damaged public buildings and facilities). 

1:00 - 4:30




$ GUEST TOUR WWI Memorial/Museum 100 Year Anniversary - Bus
Fee: $50

April 6, 1917, America entered World War I. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of this historic event, ASFPM is offering a tour of the National World War I Museum & Memorial, located just minutes from the Convention Center. Steeped in history, this is America’s only museum dedicated to sharing the stories of the Great War through the eyes of those who lived it. Interactive displays, thought-provoking films, and eyewitness testimonies guide visitors through one of the largest collections of WWI artifacts in the world. From the first shots fired in 1914 to the last attempts at peace in 1919, this award-winning museum offers a global perspective of "The War to End All Wars," and includes firsthand accounts from the battlefield and home front alike.

1:00 – 5:00



$ TRAINING WORKSHOP Getting Familiar with the USGS Flood-data Toolbox - L3: 3501-B
Fee: $45, 3.5 CECs
Instructors: Marie Peppler, US Geological Survey

The US Geological Survey is uniquely situated closest to streams on the landscape, collecting critical observations that so many communities depend on for model calibration and decision support. Join us to learn how to efficiently connect to our data and maybe about some new data processing techniques! WHAT TO BRING: we recommend attendees bring a laptop computer with ability to access the Internet, and a USB port or Internet connection to get the most out of the exercises.

1:00 – 5:00



TRAINING WORKSHOP * Hurricane Awareness (AWR-343) - L3: 3501-A
Fee: FREE, pre-registration is required (Course expenses covered by NDPTC), 3.5 CECs
Instructors: Allison Hardin, CFM & Cheryl Nelson, NDPTC

This courses provides participants with a basic understanding of the latest knowledge in hurricane science, forecasting, warning and preparedness. The course enhances the ability of participants to identify and describe hazards associated with hurricanes and better prepare for and mitigate the impacts of high winds, heavy rain and storm surge.


ASPM Committee Chairs Meeting (by invitation only)

5:30 – 6:30

Meet & Greet for the State Floodplain Managers (by invitation only)

7:30 – 10:00



Welcome Fest - Ballroom-A

Reacquaint with past friends and meet new ones at this tailgate-inspired event. Make sure to wear your favorite sports jersey. The tailgate will be sesrving small bites and cold drinks. This event is included with your registration, but please pre-register for this event.

Hosted jointly by the Kansas Association for Floodplain Mangement and the Missouri Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association and their local sponsors.  You must RSVP during conference registration to attend this FREE function.

Next Day


Monday - May 1, 2017

8:00 - 5:00





TRAINING WORKSHOP * Social Media for Disaster Response and Recovery (PER-304) - Mar: Truman A-B
Fee: FREE, pre-registration is required (course expenses coverd by NDPTC), 6.5 CECs
Instructors: Allison Hardin, CFM; Kevin T. Sur, NDPTC

This course enhances the participants' abilities to build up an organization's communication strategy for disaster preparedness, response and recovery. The course will provide participants with knowledge and skills of social media and its uses, current tools, methods and models to properly make use of social media for crisis communication. Through the use of social media tools participants will learn and master skills to disseminate information and monitor, track, measure and analyze social media traffic. WHAT TO BRING: Participants will be required to bring their own WiFi capable laptop computers/device that can access non-secured Internet sites. Participants will need to have web access to their email accounts in order to register for social media tools. (If participants have previously signed up for Twitter or Facebook, they must be able to log in during the class.)

8:00 - Noon





$ TRAINING WORKSHOP Floodproofing: Not as Cut & Dry as You Think - L3: 3501-B
Fee: $45, 3.5 CECs
Instructors: Daniel Bass, R.A., CFM, FEMA Building Science Branch; Adam Reeder, PE, CFM, CDM Smith

This workshop will provide guidance on floodproofing non-residential buildings in riverine areas, and in coastal areas not subject to wave action. It focuses primarily on dry floodproofing, but provides an overview of other retrofit methods that can be used in conjunction with or independent of dry floodproofing.  The other retrofit methods include wet floodproofing, floodwalls, protection of utilities and emergency floodproofing measures. This is a companion course to FEMA P-936 Floodproofing Non-Residential Structures. Following this workshop attendees will be able to discuss and recommend flood mitigation to their clients for more resilient buildings and address climate change.

8:00 - Noon




* TRAINING WORKSHOP State Floodplain Manager 1 on 1: Participation in the CAP-SSSE (INVITE ONLY) - L3: 3501-E
Fee: FREE, pre-registration is required (course expenses covered by FEMA), 3.5 CECs
Instructor: Al Goodman, CFM, AWG Consulting

State Floodplain Manager 1 on 1, Module 6: Participation in the CAP-SSSE. This workshop is designed for state level floodplain managers and HMA staff. INVITE ONLY: State Floodplain Managers, State Hazard Mitigation Officers and staff, FEMA staff only.

8:00 - 9:00

Floodplain Management General Policy Issues Overview and Legislative Update - L2: 2502-A

9:00 – 9:30

Break - Lobby

9:30 - Noon

National Policy Issues Discussion Session: International Issues - L3: 3501-C

 9:30 - Noon

National Policy Issues Discussion Session: Floodplain Regulations - L3: 3501-D

9:30 – Noon

National Policy Issues Discussion Session: Mapping & Engineering Standards - L2: 2502-A

9:30 – Noon

National Policy Issues Discussion Session: Mitigation - L2: 2502-B

9:30 – Noon

National Policy Issues Discussion Session: Professional Development - L2: 2503-A 

 9:30 - Noon

National Policy Issues Discussion Session: Training & Outreach - L2: 2503 - B

10:00 - 10:15

First Timer's Orientation- Near Registration Desk

10:00 - Noon




$ TRAINING WORKSHOP * FEMA Benefit-Cost Analysis & Climate Change: Current Guidance - L3: 3501-A
Fee: $45, 2 CECs
Instructors: John Squerciati, PE, CFM, Dewberry

In response to FEMA policy statement, 2011-OPPA-01, “FEMA Climate Change Adaptation Policy,” FEMA has been developing tools and techniques to incorporate climate change and sea level rise into benefit-cost analysis (BCA) for the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) programs. This interactive workshop provides an understanding of FEMA BCA tools and techniques to incorporate climate change that can help increase the likelihood of documenting project cost-effectiveness for FEMA mitigation grants.

Noon - 1:00


Lunch on your own

Onsite Consessions available

1:00 - 3:00




* Risk MAP: Through the Eyes of the Community - L3: 3501-E
Fee: $45, 2 CECs
Instructors: Brock Remus, CFM; Marshall Rivers, CFM, Atkins North America; Brian Killen, CFM, Stantec

This workshop will go through the entire Risk MAP process and show all the points along the process where communities are given opportunity to add input and potentially influence the final product. We will use real-life examples and case studies to demonstrate how information is distributed to communities, and ultimately community responses to these outreach occurrences. This training will equip all participants in the knowledge of how communities and individuals can understand the mapping timeline and utilize input points afforded by FEMA to receive best mapping product possible.

1:00 - 5:00





$ TECHNICAL FIELD TOUR Turkey Creek Bi-state Partnership - Bus
Fee: $45

The Turkey Creek bi-state project partnership tour will cover the unique history and special congressional authorization allowing construction in advance of the Project Cooperation Agreement with the Corps of Engineers. We'll see stormwater infrastructure improvements with flood risk mitigation, bi-state floodplain development and management challenges, and tour project features. Located along I-35 and Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City in a highly traveled business corridor, the project includes 1919 diversion tunnel, two railroad relocations that included bridge replacement/modification/raise and new monitoring stations, levee with environmental enhancements, Boulevard Drive-in flood mitigation features, walled channel section, Mill Street bridge replacement, channel improvements, and new stormwater interceptors. Tour will include a bus and walking tour of the sites.

 1:00 - 5:00





Flow Simulation Using 2D Steady Model in HEC-RAS 5.03 - L3: 3501-B
Fee: $45, 3.5 CECs
Instructor: Prof. Jennifer Duan, PE, University of Arizona

This intensive workshop aims to prepare engineers, water resource professionals, and policy makers to use the newly added two-dimensional (2D) unsteady flow simulation tool in HEC-RAS 5.03 model. Participants will get hands-on tutoring on how to use the 2D module in HEC-RAS 5.03, practice on how to add 2D flow to an existing 1D HEC-RAS model, and develop graphic displays or animation of the simulation results. The workshop is divided into two 75-min. sessions and one 60-min. section. WHAT TO BRING: Attendees should bring their own laptop computers with a USB port and ability to install and run software.

1:00 - 5:00




$ TRAINING WORKSHOP Succeeding in the NFIP - L3: 3501-A
Fee $45, 3.5 CECs
Instructor: Wendy Lathop, PLS, CFM, Cadastral Consulting, LLC

How do elevations and regulations interact in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)? Relationship guides our work, whether for insurance rating, design purposes, or applications to update flood mapping. This practical session examines the Elevation Certificate in light of the NFIP regulations related to the various purposes of that form and reviews some of the technical guidance available to better fulfill those purposes. We will also examine Letters of Map Amendment and Letters of Map Revision Based on Fill to assure applications will be successful.

1:00 – 3:30

National Policy Issues Discussion Session: Arid Regions Issues - L3: 3501-C

1:00 – 3:30

National Policy Issues Discussion Session: Coastal Issues - L3: 3501-D

1:00 – 3:30

National Policy Issues Discussion Session: Stormwater Management, No Adverse Impact, and Natural & Beneficial Functions - L2: 2502-B

 1:00 - 3:00

National Policy Issues Discussion Session: Higher Education - L2: 2503-A

1:00 – 3:30

National Policy Issues Discussion Session: Flood Insurance - L2: 2502-A

1:00 – 3:30

National Policy Issues Discussion Session: Nonstructural Floodproofing - L2: 2503-B

3:30 - 4:00


3:30 - 5:00

Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) Conversation - L3: 3501-G

4:00 – 5:00

ASFPM Membership Meeting - L2: 2502-A

4:00 – 7:00




Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM®) Exam - L2: 2504-A

ASFPM will conduct the Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) Exam on Monday and Friday during this conference. Information and the application are online. Go to www.floods.org and drop down the Certification menu for more information about the program. Persons interested in taking this examination must complete the application, pay the fee, and be pre-approved by ASFPM by April 14 in order to qualify. Questions about the CFM Program should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you reside in one of the six nationally accredited states – Arkansas, Illinois, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas – you must contact them directly to apply for and arrange to take the exam.
5:00 – 7:00

Exhibits Grand Opening & Silent Auction for ASFPM Foundation Commences - Exhibit Hall

Previous Day Next Day


Tuesday - May 2, 2017

7:00 - 7:00

Exhibit Hall Open - Exhibit Hall

7:00 – 8:30

Early Morning Coffee Break - Exhibit Hall

8:30 – 10:00

Plenary Session 1 - Ballroom

Welcome Address


  1. Evolution of Innovative Stormwater Management: Lee Kellenberger, Water Resources Manager, Johnson County Dept. of Public Works & Infrastructure, Overland Park, KS
  2. Programs, Projects & Training to Reduce Flood Losses: Randy Behm, US Army Corps of Engineers, National Nonstructural FloodProofing Committee
  3. Midwest Mitigation Practices in the Face of Great Floods: Paul Osman, Manager, NFIP & Floodplain Management, Office of Water Resources, Illinois DNR

Moderator: Ceil Strauss, CFM, ASFPM Chair, Minnesota DNR

10:00 - 10:15

First Timer's Orientation -Near Registration Desk

10:00 – 10:30

Break, Exhibits Viewing, Silent Auction - Exhibit Hall

10:30 – Noon



Concurrent Session - A

A1: Assessments to Evaluate & Prioritize Mitigation Options - L2:2502-A

  • Implementing a Proactive Land Acquisition Framework for Flood Risk Reduction.
  • Owen County, IN Transportation Vulnerability Assessment.
  • Nonstructural Assessment in the Little Apple.

A2: The Changing Face of Floodplain Management Policy - L2: 2502-B

  • Climate Change Policy Update: Overview of Federal Agency Responses to Executive Order 13690 & the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard.
  • Levees & NFIP Reauthorization: Some Hot Topics & What to Watch.
  • The Climate Science Approach in Floodplain Management.

A3: Modeling a Wave of Coastal Conditions - L2: 2503-A

  • Lake Michigan ADCIRC+SWAN Modeling for Flood Risk Analysis.
  • Gowanus Canal & Newtown Creek Storm Surge Barrier.
  • Wave Runup: Does it Really Determine Floodplains? Corrections to Common Errors in Modeling & Mapping of Wave Runup & Overtopping.

A4: Nature-based Flood Reduction & Ecosystem Services - L2: 2503-B

  • Naturally Resilient Communities: Using Nature & Nature-based Solutions to Address Flooding.
  • Ecosystem Service Valuation Tools for Floodplains: A Cache River Wetlands Case Study.
  • From Headwaters to Downtown: Informing Floodplain Restoration Priorities with Spatial Analytics & Ecosystem Service Valuation.

A5: The Case for Quality Data - L3: 3501-A

  • Quantifying the Impact of 20-Year Flood Frequency on Land Cover Change Type.
  • Extreme Precipitation Analysis vs. Archived Storms in a Digital Age.
  • An Innovative Approach for Determining Storm Event Rainfall Probabilities: Case Study Hurricanes Matthew & Joaquin.

A6: Communication About Residual Risk for Dams & Levees - L3: 3501-B

  • The Art of Information Sharing.
  • In the Shadow of the Levee: Communicating Residual Risk.
  • Communicating Levee-related Flood Risk with the Risk MAP Playbook.

A7: Tools for Risk Communication - L3: 3501-C

  • * Engaging Millennials in Flood Risk: Lessons Learned from the New North Carolina Flood Website for Multi-Audience Outreach.
  • The Listening Dashboard: EPA Drives Flood Resilience with Data Analytics.
  • Communicating Relevant, Actionable, Flood Protective Actions to the Public.

A8: AECOM Showcase - L3: 3501-D

AECOM invites you to join us as we explore new ways to communicate the value of the National Flood Mapping Program in the years to come. Credible, modern, nationwide flood mapping date is a driver for economic growth, security and protection of our nation's most-critical assets.

 * Sessions Targeted for State Floodplain Managers & Hazard Mitigation Officers

Noon – 1:30

Keynote Luncheon - Ballroom

Fee: Included with FULL Registration ($45 a la carte)

Keynote Luncheon

IMPLEMENTING CLIMATE CHANGE ON THE GROUND: David Reidmiller, Director, National Climate Assessment, U.S. Global Change Research Prog., Washington, DC
Doug Plascencia, P.E., CFM, ASFPM Foundation President, Michael Baker International

Moderator: Ceil Strauss, CFM, ASFPM Chair, Minnesota DNR

1:15 - 6:30

$ TECHNICAL FIELD TOUR Brush Creek Deluge of 1977 - Bus
Fee: $45

The Brush Creek tour will show bi-state efforts within the watershed to mitigate flood risk and restore/mitigation stream change/erosion within an urbanized footprint. This bus tour begins with the Country Club Plaza, working its way west to the Rock Creek Tributary, then along Brush Creek to the Town Fork Creek Tributary. We'll visit the confluence of the Brush Creek and the Blue River showing the interdependency of mitigation efforts. This tour is primarily a bus tour with four stops for onsite discussions and information.

1:45 - 4:30

$ GUEST TOUR Boulevard Brewery - Bus
Fee: $50

Join us for an exclusive one-hour tour of the Boulevard Brewery production facility. Tour begins in the education center to explore the brewery's history. Then take a guided tour through the facility, including a stop in the 300-barrel brew house and viewing some of the brewing equipment that produces enough beer to be the 17th largest craft brewery by sales in 2014. Great views abound of the bottling and canning lines as well as a peak into multiple cellars. Tours include a Founders logo souvenir pint glass and two full pours.

2:30 - 5:00

$ TRAINING WORKSHOP Get CRS Credit for Preserving Natural & Beneficial Functions! CRS Activity 420 - L3: 3501-G
Fee: $45, 2 CECs for CFMs
Instructors: Rebecca Love, The Baldwin Group; Lora Eddy, The Nature Conservancy; Lori Cary-Kothera, NOAA Office for Coastal Mgmt.; Jeff Stone, GISP, CFM, ASFPM

This workshop is focused on the benefits of natural areas and how preserving them can help communities lower their flood insurance premiums through the Community Rating System and increase their resilience. The ASFPM, the Coastal States Organization, The Nature Conservancy, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are working together to help communities identify, map, and preserve open space with three decision support tools: 1) TNC’s Community Rating System Explorer, 2) ASFPM and CSO’s Green Guide, and 3) NOAA’s Open Space Preservation How-to. WHAT TO BRING: This workshop requires registrants bring a laptop computer with ability to access the Internet. Mobile devices are not compatible with the requirements to participate in this workshop.

2:30 - 5:00

$ TRAINING WORKSHOP Presenter Training for the WARD's Stormwater Floodplain 3D Model: A Hands-on Workshop for Education & Outreach - L2: 2504-A
Fee: $45, 2 CECs for CFMs
Instructor: Mark Walton, CFM, Michigan Stormwater Floodplain Association

This workshop will provide training on how to effectively us the WARD’S Stormwater Floodplain 3D Simulation Model for education and outreach in your community. The 3D model is not a computer model. It's a “get your hands wet interactive table top watershed in a box.” All that is needed to run the 3D model is your imagination and a bucket of water. Attendees will learn how to engage audiences with interactive “hands-on” activities with the 3D model. These activities will illustrate the importance of floodplains and raise awareness of the benefits of properly managed floodplains while promoting the profession of floodplain management. The 3D model is easy to use, very “hands-on,” and offers a real opportunity to educate children and adults about the dangers and impacts of unplanned development and human activity in the floodplain.

2:30 - 5:00

$ TRAINING WORKSHOP Ethics for Floodplain Managers - L3: 3501-H
Fee: $45, 2 CECs for CFMs
Instructors: Louie Greenwell, GISP, CFM; Jessica Baker, PE, PMP, CFM, ASFPM Professional Development Committee Co-Chairs

Many professions have mandatory ethics training requirements for their licensed professionals. In an effort to offer ethics training for floodplain managers, ASFPM’s Professional Development Committee (PDC) has designed this workshop to promote ethical behaviors and enhance our profession. The workshop will review ethical issues often encountered in the floodplain management profession and will be applicable to engineers, floodplain managers, surveyors and others involved in the floodplain management profession. The course will explain and review the Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) Code of Ethics and the fundamental principles and canons of engineering ethics.

 1:45 – 3:15



Concurrent Session B

B1: Floodproofing - L2: 2502-A

  • Development & Implementation of Dry Flood Proofing Stored at the Point of Use.
  • An “Opening” Argument: The Controversy Over Floodshields & the Protection of Glass Storefronts & Curtain Walls.
  • Preparing a More Resilient NYC: Flood Emergency Plans.

B2: Overcoming Resource Challenges for Floodplain Management Administration - L2: 2502-B

  • * Resources for Rural Communities (Building a Framework for Successful Floodplain Management).
  • Reducing Barriers to CRS Entry - Introducing the Oklahoma CRS Toolkit.
  • * The Importance of a Unified State Floodplain Program: Working Together to Build More Robust Local Floodplain Management Programs Throughout Montana.

B3: Changing Climate & Rainfall: A Modeling Perspective - L2: 2503-A

  • * Climate-Modified Hydrology Tests in Colorado: What if the Next Flood Is Worse?.
  • Flood Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment Using Predicted Rainfall: 2016 Missouri Flood Event Case Study.
  • An Alternative Temporal Rainfall Distribution for Hydrologic Analysis & Design.

B4: Response to Recent Flood Disasters - L2: 2503-B

  • * Success, Challenges & Lessons Learned from Louisiana & Texas Flooding.
  • 2015 South Carolina Flood Impacts on Dams.
  • A Tale of Two Floods.

B5: Tranforming the Flood Mapping Program - L3: 3501-A

  • Innovative Initiatives in FEMA’s Flood Mapping Program: Planning for the Future.
  • FEMA’s Flood Mapping Program: Enhancements Due to NFIP Reform & TMAC Recommendations.
  • New Tools for Obtaining Community Input into the Flood Hazard Identification Process.

B6: View from the Dry Side: Addressing Levee Deficiencies - L3: 3501-B

  • In a Levee Midlife Crisis? A SWIF Success Story: Salt Creek Levees.
  • Who’s the Boss? Special District Woes, Land Use Goals, & Leveed Land in Oregon.
  • Lower St. Francis Levee System 11 & 12 Study: An “Outside the Box” Approach to Unlocking Large Systems.

B7: Michael Baker International Showcase - L3: 3501-C

  • The Future of Floodplain Management & Mitigation: A State & Local Perspective

B8: Local Stormwater Project Successes - L3: 2501-D

  • Designing & Managing Complex Urban Streamway Projects with Multiple Objectives.
  • Zone AO Challenges in Oklahoma’s Prairie Heartland.
  • Watershed-scale Stormwater Improvements with Innovative Funding.

 * Sessions Targeted for State Floodplain Managers & Hazard Mitigation Officers

3:15 – 3:45

Break, Exhibits Viewing, Silent Auction - Exhibit Hall

3:45 – 5:15


Concurrent Session C

C1: Local Mitigation Success Stories - L2: 2502-A

  • Creating Successful Partnerships: City of Austin – Lower Onion Creek Flood Mitigation Buyout Project.
  • Kingfisher, OK: Small Town Makes it Big through Collaboration.
  • Locking Down the Right Flood Mitigation Plan.

C2: Changing Attitudes About Higher Standards - L2: 2502-B

  • Engaging Private Enterprise to Promote Flood Safety.
  • The Dollars & “Sense” of Flood Resiliency.
  • Above and Beyond - 200-year Flood Protection for Sacramento's Future

C3: Advancements in Hydrologic Data & Methods - L2: 2503-A

  • Forging the Middle Ground Between Regression Equations & Detailed Basin Hydrologic Modeling.
  • Estimating Peak Flows for Ungaged Streams Using Trail Camera Images.
  • Delivering High-quality, Integrated Topographic Data for Flood Modeling.

C4: The Role of Wetlands in Watershed Management - L2: 2503-B

  • What Floodplain Managers Need to Know About Wetland Condition: NWCA 2011 Finds Relationship Between Hydrological Stress & Wetland Health.
  • * Assessing Multiple Functions of Missouri’s Bottomlands: Laying the Groundwork For Wetland Conservation.
  • * The Iowa Watershed Approach.

C5: Improving the Customer Experience with Mapping - L3: 3501-A

  • Keeping Customer-centric Aspirations in Technical Processing.
  • * The Flood Risk Snapshot: Using Flood Risk Datasets to Personalize Flood Risk.
  • * Flood Risk Information for the Masses: Estimated Base Flood Elevation Viewer.

C6: FEMA Showcase - L3: 3501-B

  • FEMA HMA Grants & Updates.
  • FEMA Floodplain Management Updates.
  • FEMA Building Science Update.

C7: Training & Messaging - L3: 3501-C

  • Supporting Communities, States & Federal Partners – Being a Trusted Advisor to All Levels of Government.
  • * A Chapter's Role in Communicating Risk & Training Our Floodplain Managers.
  • What Did You Say? How to Effectively Convey Technical Concepts to a Non-technical Audience.

C8: Improving Green Infrastructure Functionality & Acceptance - L3: 3501-D

  • Rain to Recreation, A Promise Fulfilled: Regional Watershed Approach to Manage Stormwater.
  • Building Resilient Communities with Green Infrastructure One Code at a Time.
  • How to Live with Water: A Collaborative Model for Improved Water Management from New Orleans.

* Sessions Targeted for State Floodplain Managers & Hazard Mitigation Officers

5:15 – 7:15

Exhibits Networking Social, Silent Auction - Exhibit Hall

 7:15 -

Open Evening - Enjoy Your Night in Kansas City!

Previous Day Next Day


Wednesday - May 3, 2017

6:45 – 8:30

Early Morning Coffee Break - Exhibit Hall

7:00 - 3:30

Exhibit Hall Open- Exhibit Hall

 7:00 – 8:15






















Early Bird Sessions – Hot Issues Discussions

Challenges of Agricultural Structures in the Floodplain: Regulations, Insurance and More - L2: 2502-A
Moderator: Bruce A. Bender, CFM, Flood Insurance Committee
Farmers and agribusinesses face unique challenges when it comes to building, maintaining and insuring agricultural structures in the floodplain. A panel of state floodplain officials and FEMA will share their experiences before opening it up for ideas and solutions.  
The Documentation of Pre-FIRM Buildings in the Floodplain - L2: 2502-B
Moderator: Roderick Scott, CFM, Flood Mitigation Specialist
How many pre-FIRM buildings are there in the floodplain? As the NFIP continues to remove the subsidized rates on flood policies, the resale values of these buildings are being negatively impacted. The ASFPM non-structural committee has been asked to move forward with the ASFPM executive team to produce a policy paper on the need to develop an inventory of the pre-FIRM buildings in floodplain areas. Come join us in a discussion to share ideas about how we create this important inventory.  
Post-flood Mitigation Activities - L2: 2503-A
Moderator: George Riedel, CFM, Nonstructural/Floodproofing Committee
If you are interested in post-flood mitigation activities that will assist a community recovering from a flood disaster, this session is for you. The session will discuss what steps a community should take to mitigate its exposure to damage from the next flood, how communities in Oklahoma assist each other after a disaster, and what technical assistance the Corps of Engineers can provide to communities after the disaster. Come and join this session to learn new ideas that will help your community after a flood disaster.
Urban Flooding: The Hidden and Growing 21st Century Hazard - L2: 2503-B
Moderators: Gerald Galloway, PE, PhD, University of Maryland; Jeff Sickles, PE, CFM, Stormwater Mgmt. Committee
Heavy rainfall events, aging and undersized infrastructure, and development in flood prone areas are dramatically increasing flood losses in urban communities across the country. Urban flooding is significantly impacting the most vulnerable populations. Discuss your experiences with the threat, mitigation measures, and share how to focus greater attention on this neglected challenge.
Communicating the Value of Natural and Beneficial Functions of Floodplains - L3: 3501-A
Moderator: Rebecca Pfeiffer, CFM, Natural and Beneficial Functions Committee
The use of natural and nature-based approaches in floodplains has increased in recent years, but the value of these approaches need to be effectively communicated to communities and decision makers. This interactive session will be an opportunity to discuss communication approaches that have worked, and additional tools needed to effectively promote natural and nature-based approaches.
2-D Hydraulic Modeling Issues - L3: 3501-B
Moderator: David Knipe, PE, CFM, Mapping & Engineering Standards Committee
The mapping and engineering standards committee is hosting an early bird session on issues with respect to 2-D hydraulic modeling. With the release of HEC-RAS 5.0 and initial guidance from FEMA on incorporating 2-D modeling results into a Flood Insurance Study, there has been more interest in this topic than ever. This session will feature a discussion of critical issues with respect to 2-D modeling, with emphasis on future efforts the committee can take to advance the discussion further.

7:00 – 10:00

Running of the Chapters - ASFPM  4th Annual 5k Fun Run & Walk

Bus leaves from the Marriott Hotel promptly at 6:15 am; race begins at 7 am.

8:30 – 10:00






Plenary Session 2 - Ballroom


  1. David Guignet, PE, State NFIP Coordinator & Chief of Regulatory Services Division, Wetlands & Waterways Program, Maryland Dept. of the Environment, Baltimore, MD
  2. Dave Canaan, Water & Land Resources Director, Mecklenburg County Water & Land Resources, Charlotte, NC
  3. Todd Davison, Program Director, Office for Coastal Management, NOAA
  4. Nicholas Shufro, Assistant Administrator, Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administation, FEMA/DHS

Moderator: Larry Larson, PE, CFM, ASFPM Sr. Policy Advisor, Director Emeritus

10:00 – 10:30

Break, Exhibits Viewing, Silent Auction - Exhibit Hall

10:00 - 3:30

Blood Drive - Exhibit Hall Lobby

Greg Main Memorial Blood Drive, Hosted by KAFM & MfSMA. Sign up to donate at the Local Host Team Booth.

10:30 – Noon

* States Roundtable Discussion - Ballroom

Special Session for State Floodplain Managers and Hazard Mitigation Officers - Invitation Only

 10:30 - Noon














Concurrent Session D

D1: Mitigation & Resilience Planning - L2: 2502-A

  • Improving Community Resilience Through Integrated Risk Modeling & Community Planning.
  • Drought, Fire, & Flood: Connecting the Hazards & Planning for the Triple Threat.
  • Implementing Socio-Ecological Resilience into Floodplain Planning, Design, & Capital Projects.

D2: International Floodplain Management Policy - L2: 2502-B

  • The Economic Argument for Amphibious Retrofit Construction.
  • The EU Floods Directive: What We Can Learn from the European Experience.
  • A Review of Risk-based Approaches in the US & Abroad, & Their Lessons for the NFIP.

D3: Advancements in 2D Modeling - L2: 2503-A

  • Hyper-resolution Flood Assessments in Urban Areas Using 2D GPU Modeling.
  • From Nuisance Flooding To Major Disasters: Analyzing Urban Low Impact Development Techniques with a 2D Flood Routing Model.
  • Creative Applications for 2D Rapid Inundation Modeling.

D4: Preparing Local Governments for Disaster Workloads - L2: 2503-B

  • Preparing Your Floodplain Administration & Building Department for a Disaster.
  • Disaster Preparedness for Local Code Officials.
  • Floodplain Management Post-disaster: How to Handle Activity Demands from Residents, State, & FEMA.

* Sessions Targeted for State Floodplain Managers & Hazard Mitigation Officers

Noon - 1:30


Lunch on Your Own

Concessions will be available for your convenience.

12:20 - 1:30


States Networking Lunch with CRS - Ballroom

NFIP State Coordinators, CRS State Coordinators, CRS User Group Leaders, Community CRS Coordinators and Floodplain Managers are invited to gather with FEMA, ISO and the CRS Consultant team for a networking (bring your own lunch) discussion.

1:30 – 3:30


ASFPM Chapter Meeting - L3: 3501-G

Chapters are encouraged to sponsor one chapter board member's attendance at the 2017 conference as their representative at this year's ASFPM Chapter Meeting. All chapter board members and committee chairs are invited to attend.

1:30 – 3:00































Concurrent Session E

E1: Leveraging Funding for Mitigation Projects - L2: 2502-A

  • * Financing Resilience in Connecticut: Current Programs, National Models, & New Opportunities.
  • Solutions for Capturing Cost Share by Leveraging Multiple Funding Sources to Maximize Recovery Options.
  • Developing Coordinated Funding to Reduce Local Flood Risk.

E2A: Flood Insurance in Practice & Theory - L2: 2502-B

  • National Flood Insurance Program Changes & Pricing.
  • Update from FEMA's Office of the Flood Insurance Advocate.
  • Is it In or Out? Rethinking the Mandatory Purchase Requirement.

E2B: Local CRS Implementation Across the Country - L2: 2503-A

  • Marriage of Dallas, TX CTP & CRS: A Blissful Union.
  • Fort Collins, CO: Be Flood Ready – A CRS Program for Public Information.
  • The NFIP’s Community Rating System: Bridging Adaptation Gaps in Coastal Communities.

E3: 2D Modeling & Mitigation - L2:2503-B

  • Elkhorn River Long-term Bank Stabilization Project.
  • SMART Flood Risk Planning Using HEC-RAS 2D.
  • Urban Floodplain Modeling with HEC-RAS Combined 1D/2D Fargo, ND.

E5: Coastal Impacts of Climate Change - L3: 3501-A

  • Storm Induced Coastal Erosion for Flood Insurance Studies & The Missing Link to Forecasting Coastal Flood Damage Impacts: Erosion, Runup, & Overtopping.
  • Accounting for Long-Term Erosion & Sea Level Rise in New England: A TMAC Recommendation.
  • Looking to the Future - San Francisco Bay Area Increased Flooding Scenarios.

E6: Chaging Risk Analysis Methods in a Changing World - L3: 3501-B

  • Using Risk Analysis to Inform Levee Investment Priorities in the California & Dutch Deltas.
  • Climate Change & its Effect on the Resiliency of Our Dams & Levees.
  • Application of Risk Informed Decision Making & Potential Failure Mode Analysis to Improve Resiliency of Critical Floodplain Infrastructure.

E7: What's New at FEMA for Outreach - L3: 3501-C

  • Enhancing the National Flood Insurance Program: Lessons Learned from FEMA’s Customer Experience Initiative.
  • Customer-centric Approaches for Communicating Map Changes.
  • The Future of FEMA’s Coastal Flood Information.

E8: Green Infrastructure to Reduce Flood Damage - L3: 3501-D

  • China's Sponge Cities Initiative, Lessons Learned from the US.
  • Would You Like to Understand the Flood Control & Resiliency Benefits of Green Infrastructure?.
  • Changing the Paradigm: Stormwater Management for the Greater New Orleans, LA Area.

E9: States Day: Mitigation - L2: 2504-A

  • * Development & Feasibility of a State Led Flood Audit Program.
  • * Community Resilience & Historic Resource Preservation: Preserving Quality of Life in Connecticut.
  • * Silver Jackets - Teaming to Mitigate & Manage State Flood Hazard Priorities.

* Sessions Targeted for State Floodplain Managers & Hazard Mitigation Officers

3:00 – 3:30

Break, Final Exhibits Viewing, FINAL Silent Auction Bids at 3:30pm! - Exhibit Hall

3:30 – 5:00






























Concurrent Session F

F1: Encouraging Mitigation Action - L2 2502-A

  • Flood Economics: How Flood Mitigation Investment Returns Positive Benefits.
  • * Mitigation Actions Through Communication.
  • Engaging Communities to Reduce Risk: Who, When, How, & Other Lessons Learned.

F2: CRS: What's New & Local Program Administration - L2: 2502-B

  • The CRS Program – Looking at Current Changes & Considering Measures of Effectiveness.
  • Community Rating System Cycle Visits Since 2013: Nuances, Triumphs, & Tribulations.
  • Coordinating CRS Success on a County Scale.

F3: Beyond Flood Modeling: Assessing Other Hazards & Components - L2: 2503-A

  • Mud & Debris Flow Study in Aspen, CO.
  • Simulating Surface Runoff & Sediment Transport Using CHRE2D Model.
  • Connecting the Mapped Risk to the Actual Risk to What's at Risk.

F4: Watershed-level River Planning & Management - L2: 2503-B

  • One Watershed, One Plan: A Case Study of Integrated Watershed Planning for Multiple Benefits.
  • Souris River, ND: Collaborative Flood Risk Mitigation Success Story.
  • The Yellow River Initiative & the Restoration of the Kankakee River Basin.

F5: Modeling to Mapping to Warning - L3: 3501-A

  • Rapid, Dynamic, & Real-Time Flood Inundation Mapping for Emergency Management [and Planning].
  • Rapid Flood Mapping Using Inundation Libraries.
  • The Water Is Rising – Scalable, Reliable, & Relevant Flood Warning & Forecasting Supporting First Responders.

F6: Levee Risk Modeling - L3: 3501-B

  • Web-based Automated, Two-Dimensional Levee-Failure Flood Simulation using DSS-WISE™ Lite.
  • Levee Performance & Floodplain Risk Analysis with HEC-WAT.
  • Planning for Levee Breach in Dubuque, IA: Modeling & Development of Mitigation Strategies.

F7: Tools for Risk Communication & Floodplain Management - L3: 3501-C

  • Crowdsourcing Mobile Apps in Floodplain Management.
  • Texas CHARM Engages Stakeholders: A FEMA CTP Tool for Risk Communication.
  • Federal Partnered Collaborations Helping to Build a Weather Ready Nation.

F8: Stormwater Management Policy - L3: 3501-D

  • Stormwater Management- NAI, the State of the Art.
  • How Has Federal Stormwater Program Evolved & What Does it Mean for You?
  • Approaches for Determining & Complying with TMDL Requirements Related to Stormwater Runoff.

F9: State Chapter Action, Floodplain Regulations, Disaster Recovery - L2: 2504-A

  • * Building an Effective Legislative Education Program to Support Flood Risk Reduction.
  • * Improving the Compliance of Manufactured Homes Installed in Floodplains.
  • * When Disaster Strikes... Again: Response & Recovery in South Carolina.

* Sessions Targeted for State Floodplain Managers & Hazard Mitigation Officers

5:15 – 6:45

FEMA Town Hall Session - Ballroom

6:30 – 8:00

Foundation Donors Reception and Live Auction (by invitation only)

6:45 –


Dinner on your own, evening is open

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Thursday - May 4, 2017

6:45 – 8:30

Early Morning Coffee Break - Lobby

7:00 – 8:15







Early Bird Sessions – Regional Meetings

Region 1 - L2: 2502-A
Region 2 - L2: 2502-B
Region 3 - L2: 2503-A
Region 4 - L2:2503-B
Region 5 - L2: 2504-A
Region 6 - L3: 3501-A
Region 7 - L3: 3501-B
Region 8 - L3: 3501-C
Region 9 - L3: 3501-D
Region 10 - L3:3501-E

8:30 – 10:00





Plenary Session 3 - Ballroom


  1. Partnering for Flood Risk Reduction Since the '90s: David Sturch, Code Enforcement Manager, Cedar Falls, IA
  2. Local Investment in Mitigation Builds Community Resilience: Stan Polivick, Assistant Public Works Director, City of Cape Girardeau, MO
  3. Packaging Programs to Mitigate Effectively: Tony Mercantante, Town Administrator, Middletown, NJ

Moderator: Maria Cox Lamm, CFM, ASFPM Vice Chair, South Carolina DNR

10:00 – 10:30

Break - Lobby

10:30 – Noon

























Concurrent Session G

G1: Mitigation Project Process Guidance - L2: 2502-A

  • Elevation Project Outreach Education Tool Kit for Property Owners.
  • Best Practices in Home Elevation.
  • * Transfer of Development Rights for Tax-base Neutral Flood Risk Management.

G2: Research in Floodplain Management - L2: 2502-B

  • * Who Lives in Floodplains? A Demographic Study in Nebraska.
  • Influence of Road Characteristics on Vehicle-related Flood Fatalities.
  • Creating a Water Risk Index to Improve Community Resilience.

G3: Automated Modeling to Identify Risk - L2: 2503-A

  • 2D Large Scale Automated Engineering for FEMA Floodplain Development in South Dakota.
  • Out with the Old, In with the New: Implementing the Results of the Iowa Rapid Floodplain Modeling Project.
  • South Dakota LSAE: How FEMA & its Stakeholders Benefit from 2D LSAE.

G4: Response to Recent Flood Disasters II - L2: 2503-B

  • Come Hell or High Water: The LFMA DRT Response to the Great Flood of 2016.
  • Louisiana Underwater: Resiliency Hangs in the Balance.
  • History & Significance of Coastal Federal Disaster Declarations from 1953-2016.

G5: Coastal Interactions - L3: 3501-A

  • King Tides: How this Event has Risen into Our Vocabulary.
  • Prioritizing Re-mapping & Analyses of Rivermouths in California Coastal Areas Following FEMA Region IX’s Coastal Re-study.
  • * NC Flood Warning System: Ground Truth Comparisons During Hurricane Matthew.

G6: USACE & FEMA Working Together with Your Help to Address the Nation's Levee Challenges - L3: 3501-B

G7: Best Practices in Floodplain Management - L3: 3501-C

  • Managing Change in a Time of Transition: Tools & Best Practices for Floodplain Managers.
  • Record Keeping for the Floodplain Administrator.
  • Generating Data, Risk Awareness & Tools for Local Benefit – Base Level Engineering.

G8: Local Stormwater Initiatives - L3: 3501-D

  • Ladue, MO’s Stormwater Management Program.
  • A One Water Framework: Integrating Floodplain & Stormwater Management Requirements for Communities
  • Evaluation of a Successful Watershed Partnership: 15 Years Later.

* Sessions Targeted for State Floodplain Managers & Hazard Mitigation Officers

Noon – 1:45




ASFPM National Awards Luncheon - Ballroom

Fee: Included with FULL Registration ($45 a la carte)

And invitation to the ASFPM 2018 Conference in Phoenix, AZ, hosted by the Arizona Floodplain Management Association

Sponsored by: PwC

1:15 - 5:00







$ TECHNICAL FIELD TOUR Big Muddy River - Bus
Fee: $45

The focus of this tour is on the nonstructural side of flood risk management, but will also address risk communication, flood warning systems, emergency action planning, and land regulation. Learn the history of the Big Muddy River and how it shaped the city. Tour will showcase the most impressive views of the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers in the city. Flood risk management for the Big Muddy includes a large system of reservoirs managed by the Corps of Engineers that have eight authorized purposes, putting the region in the middle of an upstream vs. downstream water war. See the latest levee built in the area and discuss alternative means for flood risk management that might be done in place of levees. At Platte Landing Park, attendees will see an example of the wise use of floodplains and the Corps of Engineers will discuss their pending ecosystem restoration, Missouri River Recovery Program, and Silver Jackets' flood warning tool. The last stop will be at English Landing Park where we'll hear how Parkville has addressed flooding despite development pressures exemplified through use of recreational areas. And we’ll see the proper demonstration of a temporary flood barrier that has been certified through FM Approvals and the Corps.

 2:00 - 3:30



























Concurrent Session H

H1: Building Resilience into Critical Facilities & Businesses - L2: 2502-A

  • Emergency Power Systems for Critical Facilities: A Best Practices Approach.
  • A Flood Vulnerability Assessment for Critical Facilities.
  • Small- & Mid-size Business Disaster Preparedness & Resilience in New Orleans, LA.

H2: Local Successes with Higher Floodplain Management Standards - L2: 2502-B

  • A Collaborative Approach to Reduce Local Flood Insurance Rates in Coastal Georgia.
  • Raising the Bar: Adoption of Enhanced Elevation Requirements in New Orleans, LA.
  • Maximizing Your Floodplain Management Ordinance for Risk Reduction.

H3: Managing Data for Better Modeling - L2: 2503-A

  • Flood Study Needs Assessment, Process, & Tools for Bulk Geoprocessing of Large Datasets.
  • Papillion Creek Watershed: Making the Most of Available Data.
  • Flood Modeling – How to Get What You Need.

H4: Restoration Projects - L2: 2503-B

  • Building a Floodplain Restoration Movement.
  • Case Study - Bank Stabilization, Flood Reduction & Water Quality Improvement Design Build Project.
  • The Largest Wildlife Refuge Restoration Project in the Eastern US.

H5: Communicating Flood Risk - L3: 3501-A

  • Fill, Floodways, & BFEs: The Unsteady State of Floodplain Management.
  • Communicating Flood Risk with a Story Map.
  • Be Flood SAF(ER): Situational Awareness for Emergency Response – A River Flooding Extent Map Viewer.

H6: Complex Flood Control Projects - L3: 3501-B

  • Determining Residual Flood Risk Associated with a Complex Levee System Fort Bend County, TX.
  • The FM Area Diversion Project: Protecting the Fargo-Moorhead, ND from Catastrophic Flooding.
  • The Bottoms: A 2D Analysis of Trinity River Levee Interior Drainage System.

H7: Tools to Inform Decision Making - L3: 3501-C

  • Complex Levee System Fort Bend County, TX.
  • Empowering Communities: New Technologies to Engage on Flooding Rains.
  • 2017 Coastal Master Plan Data Viewer.

H8: Gray + Green Infrastructure = Better Projects - L3: 3501-D

  • Advanced Sustainable Urban Stormwater Infrastructure.
  • Kenilworth, IL Green Streets: Combining Porous Asphalt & Permeable Parkways to Reduce Flooding in a Combined Sewer Area.
  • Integrating Green & Grey Public Infrastructure within a Framework of Multiple Ownership.

* Sessions Targeted for State Floodplain Managers & Hazard Mitigation Officers

 2:30 - 5:00





$ TRAINING WORKSHOP * Avoiding Litigation & Lessons Learned - L2: 2504-A
Fee: $45, 2 CECs
Instructor: T. Lynn Lovell, PE, D.WRE, CFM, Hallf Associates

This workshop is a combination of “avoiding litigation” and “lessons learned” in drainage, flooding, and floodplain management lawsuits. Litigation can result from poor design decisions, unclear reports or studies, company or agency policies, misunderstood standards or regulations, availability of accurate mapping data, NFIP compliance, and related factors. Several case studies of lawsuits with specific technical-legal issues will be presented, ranging from small floodplain study conflicts to large basin hydrologic modeling differences of opinion. Two hands-on workshop problems from actual cases will offer an opportunity for students to express their opinions on the merits of the plaintiff and defendant positions.

2:30 - 5:00





$ TRAINING WORKSHOP Balancing Flood Protection & Floodplain Restoration - L3: 3501-G
Fee: $45, 2 CECs
Instructor: Michael Vecchio, PE, HDR

Increasing pressure on riparian and historical floodplain habitat in developing urban areas has led local flood protection agencies to seek restoration opportunities in conjunction with flood risk reduction projects. A setback levee can be the answer, but comes with significant challenges. How to maintain the flood protection line of defense during a multi-year installation? How to utilize levee zoning and nearby material to build the project? This workshop delves into a case study. Come join us. WHAT TO BRING: A laptop with a spreadsheet application would be useful. Everyone should have an engineering pad and calculator.

2:30 - 5:00





$ TRAINING WORKSHOP Prop Up Training with Props - L3: 3501-H
Fee: $45, 2 CECs
Instructor: Steve Samuelson, CFM, ASFPM Region 7 Regional Director, Kansas Dept. of Agriculture

Different people have different preferences on how they like to learn. Some are visual, some like hands on, and others may be fine with straight lecture. To effectively reach different types of learners try incorporating some simple props into a training class. Some of the props you'll see in this workshop are straight from the dollar store and some are craft projects. In this class you'll see a variety of props that are used in training classes in the state of Kansas while holding a mock training. Once everyone has had a chance to see the props we will go over the benefits and explain how to make or acquire props to use in your own classes. Training is more effective when it reaches all of the students in the class.

3:30 – 4:00

Break - Lobby

4:00 – 5:30



























Concurrent Session J

J1: FEMA Mitigation Policies & Requirement - L2: 2502-A

  • Averting a Second Disaster: Leading Financial Oversight Practices Following Disasters.
  • FEMA’s Support for Hazard Mitigation & Resiliency: Preparing for the Impacts of Climate Change.
  • Mitigation Benefits Estimator: Automating the FEMA BCA Toolkit for Structure-based Project Prioritization.

J2: Local & Coastal Flood Loss Reducation Initiatives - L2: 2502-B

  • US Military Sites on the Frontlines of Rising Seas.
  • Flood Smart Communities: Municipalities Working Together To Build Flood Resilience.
  • Strategies for Smart Growth & Long-term Flood Risk Reduction: Tipton, IN Case Study.

J3: 2D Modeling Solutions for Unique Conditions - L2: 2503-A

  • Overland Flow Modeling Through Joliet, IL Using HEC-RAS 2D.
  • 2D Modeling for a 1D LOMR in a 3D World: Three “Simple” Stories.
  • HEC-RAS Hydraulic Modeling Methods of Densely Populated Areas.

J4: Nature-based Flood Reduction II - L2: 2503-B

  • * Innovative & Emerging State Policies & Programs Incentivizing Nature-based Solutions for Erosion, Flood Risk Reduction & Multiple Environmental Benefits.
  • Mapping Floodplains, Populations At Risk, & Opportunities for Nature-based Risk Reduction for the Continental United States.
  • Nature-based Floodplain Management Exists, & Federal Agencies Should Know How to Implement It.

J5: Partnerships for Mapping & Modeling Success - L3: 3501-A

  • A Modern Cooperating Technical Partners Program Vision: Our Operational Approach for the Next Five Years.
  • * Value of Local Partnerships: Texas Water Development Board Cooperating Technical Partner Program.
  • Risk MAP - Use the Data You Already Have for a Better Result!.

J6: Levees in Region VII: Mapping, Management, & Insurance - L3: 3501-B

  • FEMA Region VII Levee Mapping Strategy.
  • What is Your Story? FEMA Region VII Levee Data Documentation for the Future to Share Our Past.
  • * Communicating Full Risk Insurance Rates in the Heartland.

J7: Case Studies in Risk Communication - L3: 3501-C

  • Interagency Collaboration & Decision Support Services in the 2015 Meramec River Record Flood.
  • New Technology Helps Citizens & Community Officials Before, During & After Flooding Events.
  • Communication Challenges: Historic Deber 2015 Floods in Southwest & Central Missouri.

J8: Stormwater Modeling to Enable Better Local Decisions - L3: 3501-D

  • Programs, Projects, & Policies Creating Resiliency in Metro Phoenix, AZ.
  • Community Benefits of Defining an Urban Overland Flowpath.
  • Evaluating Release Rates for Specific Watersheds in Cook County, IL.

 * Sessions Targeted for State Floodplain Managers & Hazard Mitigation Officers

6:30 – 10:00




Networking Reception at No Other Pub by Sporting KC- Offsite
Sponsored by: The Pew Charitable Trusts

Fee: Included with FULL Registration, $45 a la carte

No Other Pub by Sporting KC is a one-of-a-kind sports bar, gaming parlor, and social lounge in downtown Kansas City’s Power & Light District. Enjoy bowling, golf simulators, table tennis, shuffleboard, billiards, foosball, darts, arcade games, and more in the gaming parlor.

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Friday - May 5, 2017

 8:00 - Noon




$ TRAINING WORKSHOP *  Effective Hazard Mitigation Planning: A Practical Approach - L2: 2503-A
Fee: $45, 3.5 CECs
Instructors: Laurie Bestgen, CFM & Jeffrey Brislawn, CFM, Amec Foster Wheeler

Hazard mitigation planning is a cornerstone for building community and state resiliency to floods and other hazards.  This workshop will introduce participants to a practical and clear approach to undertaking the development or update of a local hazard mitigation plan. The workshop will include guidance on implementing and leveraging the plan to the benefit of your community.

8:00 - Noon





$ TRAINING WORKSHOP Using CHARM to Engage the Public in Community Flood Planning & Management - L2: 2503-B
Fee: $45, 3.5 CECs
Instructors: Jeff Stone, GISP, CFM, ASFPM; Steven Mikulencak, AICP, Texas A&M University AgriLife

The Community, Health, and Resources Management (CHARM) is an interactive, GIS-based workshop tool for the public and stakeholders. Using a low-cost, interactive table-top map interface, people can now collaborate to create hypothetical development scenarios for their communities. With access to over a dozen development paints and maps, participants can custom create planning scenarios and view real-time feedback. Where should growth be encouraged and where should it be avoided? How many homes are we putting in harm’s way? What do we want to conserve for future generations? CHARM helps communities see how planning decisions made today will impact tomorrow’s community.

9:00 - Noon




Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM®) Exam - L2: 2504-A

ASFPM will conduct the Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) Exam on Monday and Friday during this conference. Information and the application are online. Go to www.floods.org and drop down the Certification menu for more information about the program. Persons interested in taking this exam must complete the application, pay the fee, and be pre-approved by ASFPM by April 14 in order to qualify. Questions about the CFM Program should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you reside in one of the six nationally accredited states – Arkansas, Illinois, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas – you must contact them directly to apply for and arrange to take the exam.

June 17 -22, 2018

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