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Monday - June 18, 2018

7:00 - 11:30 

$ TECHNICAL FIELD TOUR Natural Environment Challenges and Restoration - Bus
Fee: $45

Alluvial fans provides challenges to engineers, scientists, and policy makers in determining extent and magnitude of flooding in areas downstream. This field trip will include a site visit to an active alluvial fan and discussion on flooding mitigation. McMicken Dam is an example of infrastructure that was constructed in the 1950s to mitigate alluvial flooding, 8-miles long it now protects almost 300,000 residents of Maricopa County and billions of dollars’ worth of property and infrastructure. Subsidence from groundwater pumping created fissures that required extensive rehabilitation of the south end of the structure. Participants will see recent rehabilitation for the dam and outlet facilities. The second part of the tour will focus on the Gila River and Tres Rios Restoration areas and improvements being made to promote natural floodplain management and habitat restoration. The high ground water table in the river creates different challenges. On route to these features, participants will learn about geomorphology and desert hydrology, partial dam replacement basin design for fissures, river vegetation rehabilitation, and locations for native vegetation replacement. Stops will occur along the Gila and Salt River as time allows on the route back to the Convention Center.

8:00 - 12:00

TRAINING WORKSHOP The ‘411’ on Activity 420: The Natural Way to Get Community Rating System Credit
Fee: $45,, 3.5 CECs
Instructors: Lori Cary-Kothera, NOAA; Dave Carlton, CFM, DKCarlton & Associates; Jeff Stone, GISP, CFM, ASFPM; Laura Flessner, TNC

This interactive workshop is focused on resources that can help communities save money on flood insurance while simultaneously strengthening resilience through the Community Rating System (CRS). Participants will use decision support tools and learn about how they can be used in the CRS planning process so they achieve the most economic and ecological benefit. Tools include:  ASFPM and CSO’s Green Guide, Esri’s “Open Space Preservation for the Community Rating System” living atlas layer, NOAA’s Open Space Preservation How-To and GIS workflow, and TNC’s Community Rating System Explorer. Attendees will need to bring a lap top to participate in a hands-on exercises.

8:00 - Noon

$ TRAINING WORKSHOP Help Wanted: Support Base Level Engineering as a BLE Ambassador
Fee: $45, 3.5 CECs
Instructors: Diane Howe, CFM, FEMA; Elizabeth Savage, PE, H2O Partners; Jessica Baker, PE, PMP, CFM, Compass JV

Without adequate, accurate, and current maps, neither construction nor the insurance regulatory elements of the Flood Mapping Program can be effective (Technical Mapping Advisory Council, 2000). The Base Level Engineering (BLE) approach leverages high-resolution topography and generates broad flood risk assessments using large scale automated engineering methodologies, instead of targeting individual stream reaches within a community, county or watershed.  Using current technologies, multiple watersheds or watersheds with large land areas can be analyzed at a more efficient rate to produce water-surface elevations and site-specific hazard data replacing outdated flood studies shown in existing Flood Insurance Rate Maps.  All flood prone areas analyzed within a watershed will end up with an engineering model calculating multiple flood recurrence intervals and defining floodplains with elevation grids using high-resolution topography. The Base Level Engineering methodology provides flood data that can be shared with Federal, State, and local governments in a timely fashion, far in advance of FEMA’s historic data sharing meeting, the Flood Risk Review. The benefits of sharing provides stakeholders at all levels the data and tools to make informed decisions to reduce future flood losses. This data availability opens a broad conversation, initiating a longer term communication with communities related to risk communication, potential projects for data generation, enhancing local floodplain management activities, higher standards, mitigation project identification, and assessment and prioritization of flood risk reduction opportunities. This is where you come in!  This workshop will immerse participants in interactive sessions to provide basic understanding of the Base Level Engineering concepts, engage participants in identifying opportunities where data from Base Level Engineering assessments may lead to deeper conversations related to community planning, flood hazard identification, engineering model refinement opportunities, mitigation, recovery and risk reduction planning, identification and determination of an estimated Base Flood Elevation at a property or structure location. At the close of the workshop participants will be provided an opportunity to gain their BLE Ambassador badge, expanding the network of professionals that can support communities in their review and use of Base Level Engineering data to enhance their local floodplain management activities.

8:00 - Noon

* TRAINING WORKSHOP Flood Insurance for the Floodplain Managers 
Fee: $45, 3.5 CECs
Instructor: Bruce Bender, CFM, Bender Consulting Svcs.; Dorothy Martinez, CFM, H2O Partners; Edie Lohmann, FEMA

This training module discusses the basics of flood insurance backed by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) including coverage, rating, policy information, rate and rule changes, and opportunities for flood insurance outreach. This course identifies basic rating elements including compliance and rating elements for enclosures. The differences between Lowest Floor Elevation (LFE) and Base Flood Elevation (BFE), rating differences in A Zones without BFEs, and compliance factors affecting insurance rates are discussed. Resources for outreach and updates will be identified and discussed as well as a brief overview of changes to flood insurance due to the 2012 and 2014 NFIP Reform bills.

8:00 - 9:00

Floodplain Management General Issues Overview and Legislative Update

9:00 – 9:30

Break

9:30 - Noon

National Policy Issues Discussion Session:

International Issues

 9:30 - Noon

National Policy Issues Discussion Session:

Floodplain Regulations

9:30 – Noon

National Policy Issues Discussion Session:

Mapping & Engineering Standards

9:30 – Noon

National Policy Issues Discussion Session:

Mitigation

9:30 – Noon

National Policy Issues Discussion Session:

Professional Development 

 9:30 - Noon

National Policy Issues Discussion Session:

Training & Outreach

10:00 - 10:15

First Timer's Orientation- Near Registration Desk

10:00 - Noon

$ TRAINING WORKSHOP Determining the Critical Path of a Hydrologic and Hydraulic (H&H) Modeling Project
Fee: $45, 2 CECs
Instructors: Aaron Thomas, PE, CFM, Illinois State Water Survey; 

Ever wonder how project scheduling software determines the timeline for all the activities of a project?  Learn how to create a network diagram and compute the critical path using a manual approach. This method can be used for any type of project and will help you understand how project scheduling software works.

Noon - 1:00

Lunch on your own

Enjoy Phoenix! 

1:00 - 3:00 $ TRAINING WORKSHOP - From A Reviewers Standpoint: Letter of Map Revisions and Physical Map Revision Data Review
Fee: $45, 2 CECs
Instructors: Alex Haptemariam, PE, CFM, Stantec; Thomas Schweitzer, PE, PMP, GISP, CFM, Atkins North America

This workshop will be helping and educating requesters, community officials (floodplain managers), engineers, and other state reviewers involved in Letters of Map Revision (LOMRs) and Physical Map Revisions (PMRs) (DNR, USACE) focusing in technical issues on how to meet the FEMA floodplain regulations from modeling to mapping that are produced through the LOMR and PMR and levee LOMR submittal process. we are the currently FEMA reviewers for Regions 5, 7,9,10,5 and  We have been delivering latest and current FEMA regulations and updates through this and other conferences to expedite the Mapping, Levee, ESA and LOMR process.

 1:00 - 5:00 $ TRAINING WORKSHOP Local Land Use Strategies for Reducing Flood Risk
Fee: $45, 3.5 CECs
Instructor: Janet Thigpen, CFM, Southern Tier Central Planning & Development Board; Jayme Breschard Thomann, AICP, CFM, Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council

Federal regulations state that communities participating in the NFIP must take flood hazards into account in all official actions relating to land management and use. This workshop will review the available tools for implementing comprehensive local floodplain management programs that use local authorities to proactively manage land uses in mapped floodplains and other hazardous areas. Participants will learn about strategies for integrating flood hazards with other local priorities in comprehensive plans and for promoting flood safe land use patterns through local regulations. We will apply these principles to case studies.

1:00 - 5:00

$ TRAINING WORKSHOP SRH-2D Hydraulic Model Review for Floodplain Managers
Fee $45, 3.5 CECs
Instructor: Scott Hogan, PE, Federal Highway Administration; Brian Varrella, PE, CFM, Colorado Dept. of Transportation 

This workshop will provide an overview of what reviewers need to know about SRH-2D modeling, how to thoroughly review model results, and compare the results with current effective 1D model results.   Participants will be introduced to the capabilities of the SRH-2D model and SMS graphical interface and get hands on experience in navigating through project files and comparing results.  The latest developments in floodplain and floodways tools within the SMS graphical interface will also be demonstrated.  The target audience is new and existing users of SRH-2D, public agency reviewers and permit officials, and private industry users supporting floodplain permit requests.

1:00 - 5:00 

$ TRAINING WORKSHOP Flood Inundation Mapping Methods: Why we need to care!
Fee $45, 3.5 CECs
Instructor: Marie Peppler, USGS

Why should we review and use the many different types and sources of flood inundation maps? What is a flood documentation map and why do I care Where can I find types of maps? Come on down for an interdisciplinary perspective on Flood Inundation Mapping. We will discuss geospatial, hydrologic and everything in between!

1:00 – 3:30

National Policy Issues Discussion Session:

Arid Regions Issues

1:00 – 3:30

National Policy Issues Discussion Session:

Coastal Issues

1:00 – 3:30

National Policy Issues Discussion Session:

Stormwater Management, No Adverse Impact, and Natural & Beneficial Functions

 1:00 - 3:30

National Policy Issues Discussion Session:

Higher Education

1:00 – 3:30

National Policy Issues Discussion Session:

Flood Insurance

1:00 – 3:30

National Policy Issues Discussion Session:

Nonstructural Floodproofing

3:30 - 4:00

Break

3:00 - 5:00

National Policy Issues Discussion Session:

Cooperating Technical Partners

4:00 – 5:00

ASFPM Membership Meeting

4:00 – 7:00

Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM®) Exam

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 June 8 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

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