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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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