Docstoc

THE INSIDER

Document Sample
THE INSIDER Powered By Docstoc
					                                                                                      A Publication
THE INSIDER                                                                           for Members

                                                                                             July
                                                                                             2007
The Association of State Floodplain Managers
2809 Fish Hatchery Rd., Madison, WI 53713 www.floods.org
608-274-0123 Fax: 608-274-0696 memberhelp@floods.org


Executive Director’s Report                                       In This Issue
Larry Larson, P.E., CFM                                           Click on any of the following links, or simply
                                                                  scroll down for entire newsletter.
“The federal government is there to protect the community         Executive Director‟s Report
from disasters. Where Florida might have hurricanes, or           New ASFPM Board of Directors
California earthquakes, we have wildfires and the federal         Floodplain Regulations Committee
government should be there to protect us.”                          comments on FEMA Form
                                                                  Stafford Act - amended
                         - Volunteer fire chief in Hamilton, MT   News from Disaster Research
                                                                  AFMA Fall Conference & 25th Anniversary
              Quoted in a New York Times article: On Fringe of      Celebration
             Forests, Homes and Wildfires Meet. June 26, 2007.    News from CSO
                                                                  FEMA Interagency Levee Policy Committee
 I use the above quote to illustrate two significant parts of       Report
the problem with managing natural hazards in the United           Petition to Support a New APA Division
                                                                  Call for Presentations: Partners in
States today.
                                                                    Emergency Preparedness Conference
                                                                  Washington Legislative Report
First is the concept that the federal government should be        CFM Corner
there to protect communities and citizens from natural            News from Chapters
hazards. No! People who choose to live, build, and work           Floodplain Management Training Calendar
in at risk areas must be prepared to accept the costs and         Job Corner
consequences of their actions. Communities and states that
allow at risk development must also accept responsibility
for those actions. There was a time in history when people were unaware of the location of hazard risk
areas. Now most of the nation‟s floodplains, earthquake, and wildfire zones are well known. Even high
wind areas are known, especially coastal hurricane areas. While it is difficult to avoid some of the inland
tornado areas, we have building techniques for making buildings safer and can build safe rooms to protect
lives. The missing element in too many cases is the acceptance of personal responsibility to learn about
hazard risk and adapt your life, family, and business to those risks. One hopeful sign is that insurance
companies are realizing their exposure and pricing policies accordingly, while also encouraging hazard
mitigation such as building codes and appropriate land use. Here again, politicians need to allow these
practices rather than force others of us to subsidize at risk development.

Second is the concept that the federal government owes us disaster relief! Every chance I get when
talking to members of Congress, I tell them citizens, communities and states often fail to reduce the costs
and suffering from natural disaster disasters because they think the federal government will bail them out
if a disaster strikes. This is often why communities continue to allow development of high risk areas
(including residual risk areas behind levees), where the community gains the tax dollars from that
development, while externalizing the cost of the disaster to the federal taxpayer. It also provides citizens
with the belief that even if a flood, earthquake, or wildfire strikes, the federal taxpayers will be there to

The Insider July 2007                             1
give them disaster relief. While it is difficult for politicians to deny disaster relief, especially if the
disaster is huge, some of them understand that this path cannot continue.

Increasing population and development in hazard areas, combined with potential increases in the
frequency and intensity of weather events (floods, droughts, and hurricanes) lead to disasters that will
severely stress federal budgets. Projections are that the federal budgets a couple decades from now will
only be able to provide for defense and security, with no funding for discretionary programs like social,
environmental, or disaster funding. All of these factors mean we must shift the thinking and actions of
Americans with respect to risk and personal action.

ASFPM will continue to bring these messages to the discussion, and I urge all of you to weigh in also.
Major policy change happens slowly, and only with open dialogue of facts and options.


Return to Table of Contents


               YOUR NEW 2007-08 ASFPM BOARD OF DIRECTORS




L-R front row: Chair, Al Goodman, MS; Vice Chair, Greg Main, IN; Secretary, Collis Brown, GA; Treasurer, Kevin
Houck, CO; Executive Director, Larry Larson.
L-R center row: Chapter District 4, Brad Anderson, CO; Chapter District 2, Gerald Robinson, IL; Chapter District 5,
Ken Leep, CA; Region 3, Jeff Sparrow, VA; Region 10, Debi Heiden, WA; Region 4, Gene Henry, FL; Region 9,
Alisa Sauvageot, AZ; Deputy Executive Director, George Riedel;.
L-R back row: Region 2, John Miller, NJ; Region 6, Diane Calhoun, TX; Chapter District 3, Harold Holmes, MS;
Region 5, Dave Fowler, WI; Region 7, Paul Woodward, NE; Region 1, Scott Choquette, MA; Chapter District 1,
Michael Dopko, NY;
Not pictured: Region 8, vacant pending special election to replace Kevin Houck who was elected Treasurer.



The Insider July 2007                                 2
Pictured above is the new 2007 - 2008 ASFPM Board of Directors, taken at the annual conference in
Norfolk. This spring we held elections for all of the Officers and the odd numbered Regional and Chapter
Directors. Please join us in welcoming the following new members of our Board this year:

Region 7 Director: Paul Woodward, CFM
Region 9 Director: Alisa Sauvageot, CFM
Chapter Director, District 1: Michael Dopko, CFM
Chapter Director, District 5: Ken Leep, CFM

We also had several people elected into new positions after the spring election, they are:

Al Goodman, Chair (formerly Vice-Chair)
Greg Main, Vice-Chair (formerly Treasurer)
Kevin Houck, Treasurer (formerly Region 8 Director)

We congratulate all of the Board members and look forward to working with all of you in the coming
year!

Return to Table of Contents




Floodplain Regulations Committee comments on FEMA Form 81-92 and
Form 81-92A (MT-EZ Form)

In the April 20th, 2007 version of the Federal Register (Vol. 72, No. 76) there was a Notice and Request
for Comments from Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency on
Form 81-92 and Form 81-92A (MT-EZ Form). The ASFPM Floodplain Regulations Committee Co-
Chairs responded to this request and submitted comments on behalf of the Committee in June.

You can view a copy of the comments they submitted on our website at:
http://www.floods.org/PDF/ASFPM_MT-EZ_Comments.pdf

For more information on the comments submitted please contact the Co-Chairs of the Floodplain
Regulations Committee, George Meyers at george.meyers@dnr.state.oh.us, or Mike Powell at
michael.powell@state.de.us.

Return to Table of Contents


Stafford Act - amended
The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Assistance Act, PL 100-707, was originally signed into law
November 23, 1988. This Act constitutes the stauatory authority for most Federal disaster response
activities, especially as they pertain to FEMA and FEMA programs.

This Act was recently amended, and you can find a copy of the most current amended document on the
FEMA website at: www.fema.gov/about/stafact.shtm.

Return to Table of Contents



The Insider July 2007                            3
News from Disaster Research
The following information was taken from the Natural Hazards Center Disaster Research Newsletter

Active Hurricane Seasons May be the Norm Not the Exception
The increase in North Atlantic hurricane activity since the mid-1990s has been attributed to both human-
induced climate change and natural variability, but observational data of this activity only cover the past
few decades. Now, researchers have constructed a record of Atlantic hurricane frequency over the past
270 years using proxy records of vertical wind shear and sea surface temperature (which influence the
formation of major hurricanes in the Atlantic region) from corals and a marine sediment core, an article in
the June 7 issue of Nature reported. The record constructed during the study indicates that the average
frequency of major hurricanes decreased gradually from the 1760s until the early 1990s, reaching
anomalously low values during the 1970s and 1980s. The analysis also indicates that the period of
enhanced hurricane activity since 1995 is not unusual compared to other periods of high hurricane activity
in the record; therefore, this phase appears to represent a recovery to normal hurricane activity, rather than
a direct response to increasing sea surface temperature.

To read the full abstract, or to access the entire article in Nature, visit their website at: www.nature.com.
(Nature 447, 698-701 (7 June 2007) | doi:10.1038/nature05895)

FEMA Announces Membership of National Advisory Council
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the 30-person membership of its
newly formed National Advisory Council. According to FEMA, the council advises Administrator David
Paulison on "all aspects of preparedness and emergency management in an effort to ensure close
coordination with its partners across the country." The Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act
of 2006 called for the creation of this council, whose members are appointed by the FEMA administrator
and "represent a geographic and significant cross section of officials from emergency management and
law enforcement." Members include homeland security directors; adjutants general; emergency response
providers from state, local, and tribal governments; and private sector and nongovernmental organization
representatives.

The council will focus its attention on the development and revision of the national preparedness goal, the
national preparedness system, the National Incident Management System, the National Response Plan,
and other related plans and strategies.

The list of members can be found at: www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=37154.

Paulison: FEMA is Ready for Hurricane Season
David Paulison, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), told Congress May 15
that he expects the agency's work force to be at 95 percent by today the start of hurricane season.

FEMA had 30 percent of its staff (about 500 positions) unfilled when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.
Paulison told Congress that this year there would be no repeat of the inadequate response to Katrina.

For more information on FEMA's streamlined hiring processes and plans for this hurricane season, visit
http://www.federaltimes.com/index.php?S=2761544.


Return to Table of Contents




The Insider July 2007                             4
AFMA Fall Conference
AFMA 25th Anniversary Celebration
Nov. 7, 8, 9, 2007 GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Arizona Floodplain Management Association. To celebrate
this achievement AFMA will be holding a 25th Anniversary Celebration in conjunction with their fall
conference this year at the Yavapai Lodge on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.




                                           Yavapai Lodge

Yavapai Lodge is Grand Canyon National Park Lodges' largest facility and is surrounded by ponderosa
pines and pinyon and juniper woodlands, less than a half mile from the rim. The Lodge and dining
room are normally closed for the season this time of year, but, will opened exclusively for AFMA
and our guests. The lodge is located next to the Market Plaza, which includes a general store, bank, and
U.S. Post Office. Yavapai Lodge features a nice dining facility where we will be having our breakfast,
lunch, and dinner. Most rooms offer two queen beds with a limited number of rooms with one king bed.
All rooms have television, refrigerator and telephone.

The conference sessions will be held in the beautiful Shrine Building next to the NPS Headquarters,
approximately 0.2 of a mile walk or quick drive from the lodge. Wednesday evening activities and all
meals will all be in the Yavapai dining facility adjacent to our rooms. Hotel check-in and meeting
registration will be held in the lobby of the Lodge. Join us Wednesday Evening for registration and
activities in the dining room. Rooms will be available before and after the conference at the same rates
for those wanting to arrive early or stay the weekend afterwards.

Activities:
We are working on several interesting things to do and tours for spouses or your guests who accompany
you. Some ideas include: A morning shuttle ride to Williams and a ride back to the South Rim on the
Grand Canyon Railway; guided or self guided walking tours of the historic buildings on the south rim; 2
or 4 hour bus tours; hiking; mule rides, or just leisurely strolling along the rim. The famous El Tovar
Lodge right on the rim will be open. People wanting to stay at this famous lodge will have to make their
own reservations at their standard rate. Pick up your 2006/7 Guide to Grand Canyon at the Spring
Conference registration desk and go to this website and check out all the amenities:
http://www.grandcanyonlodges.com


Return to Table of Contents




The Insider July 2007                          5
News from CSO
The following is information from the June 1 and June 29, 2007 issues of The CSO Weekly Report

USEPA and Environment Canada Release Joint Report on State of the Great Lakes

This week the Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada released a report, The State of
the Great Lakes 2007 Highlights Report, on restoration efforts in the Great Lakes. According to the
report data reveals both good and bad news about the countries' largest resource of fresh water. While
monitoring has shown declines in levels of toxic chemicals in air, water, flora, fauna, and sediment, those
declines have not eliminated the need for fish consumption advisories. Since 1998, both agencies have
been monitoring the Great Lakes ecosystems using a set of environmental and human health indicators,
such as contamination, human health, biotic communities, invasive species, coastal zones, climate change,
and aquatic habitats, among others. According to this report, nearly three-quarters of Great Lakes
beaches monitored in both United States and Canada were open more than 95 percent of the time during
beach season. At the same time, it showed that pollution remains high enough for fish advisories to
continue. Also, the report shows that coastal habitats are degrading due to development, shoreline
hardening owing to construction of artificial levees to reduce erosion, and increasing populations of
invasive species, such as zebra mussels and spiny water fleas, that threaten the food webs of native fish.
The State of the Great Lakes 2007 Highlights Report and other documents about Great Lakes indicators
and the State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conferences are available at http://www.binational.net and
http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/solec/.

Louisiana Legislature Approves Master Plan to Restore Wetlands and Protect
Communities from Hurricanes

The Louisiana Legislature has unanimously approved the state's first comprehensive master plan to
restore wetlands and protect coastal communities from future hurricane damage. The Legislature
approved May 31 Senate Concurrent Resolutions 11 and 12 authorizing the master plan for coastal
restoration and hurricane protection and the Fiscal Year 2008 Annual Plan--one day before the beginning
of the Atlantic hurricane season. The annual plan identifies projects that will be planned or constructed
during the next three years and approximate costs of each project. The Coastal Protection and Restoration
Authority intends to work closely with the Army Corps of Engineers, which continues to develop its own
plan for restoration of Louisiana's wetlands. Completion of the overall plan is projected to take about 30
years and cost an estimated $50 billion, according to the governor's office. The plan suggests
constructing a new levee system, strengthening existing levees, rebuilding wetlands, and finding a proper
way to integrate levee systems with coastal restoration projects as part of a multi-faceted approach to
provide protection to coastal assets and infrastructure from future hurricane damage. The master plan
further addresses the need to build elevated homes and businesses in flood-prone areas, enforce stricter
building codes, and implement improved evacuation plans. The coastal restoration and hurricane
protection plan has been under study since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The Louisiana Coastal Protection
Restoration Authority (CPRA) drafted the plan, designed to protect eroding coastal assets and
infrastructure. The authority earlier approved both the master plan and the Fiscal Year 2008 Annual Plan.
Text of the coastal master plan, Integrated Ecosystem Restoration and Hurricane Protection: Louisiana's
Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast, is available online at:http://www.lacpra.org/, under
the tab marked „Plan‟.

Senate Panels Pass Energy and Water Development Appropriations

This week the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development approved a $32.3
billion spending measure for fiscal year 2008 that includes funding for the Energy Department, the U.S.


The Insider July 2007                             6
Army Corps of Engineers, and the Interior Department's Bureau of Reclamation. Later in the week the
full Appropriations Committee passed the bill by a vote of 28-1. The mark would provide $1.8 billion
more than the amount requested by the Administration. About $1.7 billion is for renewable energy,
including $228 million to fund hydrogen fuel cell technologies and $244 million for investments in
biofuels. Other renewable energy programs include $244 million for biomass fuels development, $25
million for geothermal, $180 million for solar technologies, and $137 million for building design and
technologies that conserve energy. The energy and water mark also provides $5.4 million for navigation,
flood control, and other projects managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Senators added $577
million to the administration's request to boost the corps' general construction account and for operations
and maintenance. The mark also provides $24 million to support two DOE research initiatives aimed at
studying and reducing the impacts of climate change on water resources in the West.

Army Corps of Engineers
The bill provides more than $5.4 billion to fund the Army Corps of Engineers. This is $109 million over
FY 2007 and $577 million over the President's budget request and includes $50 million for the Flood
Control and Coastal Emergencies account, $10 million above the President's budget request. This account
funds the Corps' readiness and preparedness activities for natural disaster preparation and planning. The
additional funds above the budget request further the National Flood Inventory Study. The study's
ultimate goal is to create a national database of federal and non-federal flood control projects, and to
assess the protection level offered by these projects that will help evaluate the flood risks of the dependent
populations.

Improving State GIS Coordination Efforts

The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) is the "go-to" organization when it comes
to state geographic information systems (GIS). Comprised of senior state GIS managers and coordinators,
this organization provides a unified voice statewide and nationally on all things GIS. The National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center has launched a campaign to
increase collaboration between the coastal resource management community and NSGIC through the
establishment of a Coastal Caucus within NSGIC. The Center believes these efforts will result in
increased opportunities for mutually beneficial funding, data partnerships, and decision support tool
development. The first Coastal Caucus meeting will be held at the NSGIC Annual Conference on
September 23-27 in Madison, WI. For additional information, contact Miki Schmidt at
nicholas.schmidt@noaa.gov. For more information about NSGIC, see www.nsgic.org.




Return to Table of Contents


FEMA Interagency Levee Policy Committee Report

FEMA recently released the Interagency Levee Policy Review Committee‟s report “The National Levee
Challenge: Levees and the FEMA Flood Map Modernization Initiative”. The report contains a series of
recommended actions for FEMA‟s Mitigation Directorate to consider as a means of addressing the
challenge of assessing the flood protection capabilities of levees and levee systems and accurately
assessing the flood risk posed to citizens and property located behind those levees and levee systems.

The Interagency Levee Policy committee was created in 2005 in order to perform a comprehensive
assessment of the NFIP regulations and FEMA procedures related to the evaluation and mapping of


The Insider July 2007                             7
levees. Committee participants included technical and policy issue experts from the following Federal
agencies:

       U.S. Army Corps of Engineers                              National Ocean Survey
       Natural Resources Conservation Service                    Federal Highway Administration
       U.S. Geological Survey                                    Tennessee Valley Authority
       U.S Bureau of Reclamation                                 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
       National Weather Service                                   Development

You can download a copy of the committee‟s report from FEMA‟s website at:
http://www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/fhm/lv_report.shtm

Return to Table of Contents


Petition to Support a New APA Division

At the recent American Planning Association‟s National Conference in Philadelphia, PA, a steering
committee of approximately 22 planners, voted to form a “Planning for Natural Hazards Division”. The
Steering Committee felt that recent disasters have helped to elevate the importance of planning for natural
hazards, and that it is important to coordinate hazard planning on a local, regional, state and federal level.

If the new Division is approved by the American Planning Association Board, the Division will:

1. Facilitate communications between Natural Hazard Planners at all levels of government and in the
   private sector;
2. Guarantee Natural Hazard Planning Sessions at the Annual APA Conference;
3. Strengthen relationships with other Divisions in APA;
4. Give us a venue to facilitate additional training opportunities for our members in our fast changing
   specialty;
5. Allow us to assist APA with the Development of legislation and policy positions and a research
   agenda related to natural hazard planning issues;
6. Stimulate and contribute to the improvement and recognition of planning for natural hazards as a
   viable process in all areas of government;
7. Encourage continuing professional development of members through opportunities provided by APA;
8. Provide for the input of experienced professional planners into Federal Policy regarding mitigation
   and recovery planning.

If you are interested in signing the petition please contact: Richard Roths, at rich.roths@urscorp.com or
312-596-6728.

Return to Table of Contents


Call for Presentations: Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference
Researchers, scholars, and practitioners in emergency management are invited to participate in the
Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference to be held at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade
Center in Tacoma, Washington, on April 1-2, 2008.



The Insider July 2007                             8
Partners in Emergency Preparedness has conducted a very successful regional conference each spring for
over ten years. The conference has grown into the largest emergency management conference in the
Pacific Northwest, bringing together non-profit organizations, public agencies, business and industry,
military, healthcare, and schools to explore emergency management issues, principles, and practices. The
theme for the 2008 conference is "It's a different world: Looking to the future." The Conference Steering
Committee is particularly interested in presentations focused on business disaster preparedness and on
translating disaster-related research into information useful to practitioners. Presentation sessions are
generally 75 minutes in length; a limited number of double sessions may be available.

If you are interested in making a presentation at the 2008 conference, please provide an abstract, proposal,
or brief description of your topic no later than September 1, 2007, to:

   Sarah Miller
   Curriculum Committee Chair
   Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference
   PartnersCurriculum@gmail.com
   (206) 222-1923

Return to Table of Contents


Washington Legislative Report
Meredith R. Inderfurth, Washington Liaison
Rebecca C. Quinn, Legislative Officer

Committee Activity and Appropriations
There has been considerable committee level activity in the Congress this past month on issues of interest
to floodplain managers. Additionally, the full House of Representatives and the Senate Appropriations
Committee have made significant progress on Fiscal Year 2008 appropriations bills.

For the 4th of July week, Members of Congress are back in their home states as the Congress is in recess.
The legislative calendar between July 9th and the scheduled beginning of the August recess on August 6th
is likely to be very busy. As opposed to last year, a number of appropriations bills are on track to be
finalized prior to the September 30th end of the fiscal year.


Flood Insurance Reform and Multi-Peril Insurance
These issues have been very active in June and will continue to require close attention in July. The House
Financial Services Subcommittee on House and Community Opportunity held a hearing on this year‟s
version of flood insurance reform legislation, H.R. 1682 on June 12th. ASFPM presented testimony at the
hearing. Paul Osman, Illinois State Floodplain Manager and Co-Chair of the ASFPM Insurance
Committee, testified. During June, it became clear that the Multi-Peril Insurance bill, H.R. 920,
introduced by Rep. Gene Taylor (D-MS) would be offered as an amendment to H.R. 1682 during a mark-
up of that bill scheduled for late June. At the last minute, the mark-up was postponed and a legislative
hearing on H.R. 920 was scheduled for July 17th. ASFPM has been invited to testify. Immediate Past
Chair Pam Pogue will represent ASFPM. Mark-up (final committee action) is likely to take place before
the August recess..

The June 12th hearing involved testimony from FEMA, represented by Ed Connor. The second panel
included ASFPM, the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the Association of Independent Insurance
Agents of America (the Big I), Property and Casualty Insurance (PCI), Management Association for


The Insider July 2007                            9
Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS). There was significant interest from subcommittee
members in mapping issues, particularly as they relate to ongoing mapping needs, new mapping tasks and
new topographic data. Other issues of interest included the debt to the U.S. Treasury that the NFIP
incurred after the 2005 hurricane season and Congressman Taylor‟s Multi-Peril Insurance bill, developed
in response to the claims adjustment problems after that hurricane season between water damage and
wind damage.

The Multi-Peril Insurance bill would establish an optional combined wind and water insurance policy
associated with the NFIP which could be purchased at an actuarially sound premium rate. The combined
policy would be available where local governments agree to adopt and enforce building codes for
minimizing wind damage. Residential policy limits would be $500,000 and non-residential would be
$1,000,000. Representative Taylor anticipates that a private market would emerge once this program is
set up which would offer coverage above the program limits, using the federal program coverage as a
deductible.

ASFPM has expressed serious objections to the establishment of such broad new coverage with virtually
no examination of how it would work, how much the loss exposures might be and how much additional
income could be anticipated. There are many other questions such as what the effects might be on the
insurance industry, how risk would be assessed, and what could be the impact on the viability of the flood
insurance program itself? There are so many possible unintended consequences that a program of this
sort should not be undertaken without serious study. ASFPM‟s testimony on July 17th will state these
concerns.

No flood insurance reform legislation has been introduced in the Senate this year although a bill was
reported out of the Senate Banking Committee during the last Congress. At one point, it appeared that a
bill similar to that one would be introduced this year. That has not occurred. A bill could be introduced
at any time, however.


Wind and Water and FEMA
Several Members of Congress, notably Rep. Gene Taylor, have alleged that private insurance companies
defrauded FEMA by allowing the NFIP to pay for damages caused by wind. There has been significant
press coverage of the issue, particularly in the Gulf Coast region and a hearing was held on the subject on
the same day as the flood insurance reform hearing, June 12th. That was a joint hearing by the Oversight
Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee.
Only the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Inspector General of the Department of
Homeland Security presented testimony. Neither provided conclusive testimony. The GAO provided
data on information available to FEMA through its claims process and information collected by FEMA as
part of the NFIP claims re-inspection process, but pointed out that recommendations would have to await
the completion of their study. They did conclude, however, that “for hurricane-damaged properties, such
as those damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, NFIP does not have all the information it needs to
ensure that its claims payments were limited to damage caused by flooding.”


Levee Safety Program and WRDA
Staff level work is continuing actively on plans for a levee safety program. As reported in “ News and
Views” June issue, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources held a
hearing on a levee safety bill, H.R. 1587, on May 8th. The bill is essentially the same as the levee safety
program language passed by the House in the last Congress. That would establish a program modeled on
the Dam Safety Program. When Larry Larson, ASFPM Executive Director, testified for ASFPM at the
hearing, he observed that a levee safety program should have more incentives for states to play an active


The Insider July 2007                           10
role and should have more “teeth”. He recommended a short-term commission to frame an effective
levee safety program and suggest it to Congress rather then set a less effective program up in the first
round of legislation.

This year‟s House-passed version of WRDA does not include a levee safety program. The Senate-passed
WRDA does, but the language is the same as last Congress‟ House bill (above). Staff and, to some
extent Member, discussions are continuing at an active pace in preparation for a House-Senate
Conference Committee later this month. During the Conference, the form of levee safety program will
certainly be discussed. It is unclear how formally the House Subcommittee will develop its alternative
proposal – i.e. whether or not it will take the form of a separate bill to be considered during the WRDA
Conference.


Agriculture – Farm Bill
House Agriculture Committee subcommittees have continued to mark-up the many titles of the Farm Bill.
The last Farm Bill was enacted in 2002 and many of its programs expire this year, ensuring that progress
on this bill is closely watched. Full committee action could take place this month.

On the Senate side, however, there has been no activity at all. Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom
Harkin attributes the delay to lack of information about program costs and proposal costs. The
Committee has been waiting for figures from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).


Coastal Issues
The Ocean and Coastal Mapping Integration Act, H.R. 2400, was marked up in a subcommittee of the
House Natural Resources Committee in mid-June. It creates an integrated federal mapping plan for U.S.
oceans and coastal waters, including the Great Lakes. A portion of the funds authorized would be used to
support several ocean and coastal mapping centers at colleges and universities.

The Coastal Zone Enhancement Reauthorization Act, S. 1579, was introduced in the Senate.
Consideration of the bill will not take place immediately because, the Coastal States Organization (CSO)
reports, committee staff are awaiting the results of a Visioning stakeholder process being conducted by
NOAA and CSO. Entitled “Envisioning the Future of Coastal Management”, workshops have been held
in a number of cities across the country. Some states have also sponsored meetings to collect ideas and
thoughts. The next phase of the project will involve meetings with federal agencies, non-governmental
organizations, industry, academia and Congressional staff. Information about this project can be found at:
http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/czm/czma_vision.html.

A subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing to
examine the FY ‟08 proposed budget for NOAA. That hearing was held on June 28th.


Katrina and Housing
The Gulf Coast Recovery Act of 2007 was introduced on June 20 th by Senate Banking Committee
Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA). The House had passed a Katrina
Housing bill in May, H.R. 1227. In speaking about the bill she and Senator Dodd introduced, Senator
Landrieu said that it builds on a “strong foundation crafted by Congresswoman Waters, Congressman
Baker and Chairman Frank. Like the House bill, this legislation guarantees the replacement of hurricane-
devastated public housing and ensures that all those who wish to return home will have the opportunity to
do so.” The Senate bill goes even further she said, “It increases funds for property acquisition, mortgage
assistance, low income housing and community redevelopment; it opens a door for more innovative,


The Insider July 2007                          11
independent management of New Orleans public housing; and it begins to lay the groundwork for saving
the Road Home.”


Stafford Act
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee marked up H.R. 2775 on June 28 th. The bill
amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to authorize funding for
Emergency Management Performance Grants. Significantly, it has the effect of reasserting the EMGP
program as part of the Stafford Act‟s programs.


Appropriations

Homeland Security
Appropriations bills for the Department of Homeland Security are well on their way to final
Congressional action, but the measure is under threat of Presidential veto because of exceeding the
President‟s budget request. The House passed its version (H.R. 2638 and H.Rept. 110-181) on June 15th.
The Senate Appropriations Committee reported out its bill (S. 1644 and S. Rept. 110-84) on June 14th.
Senate passage, House-Senate Conference Committee and votes to accept a Conference Report remain
before the bill is sent to the President for signature or veto. The House bill exceeds the President‟s
request by $2.1 billion and the Senate bill by $2.2 billion. The House passed its bill by a 268-150 vote,
but that is not enough to override a veto.

The report accompanying the bill notes that insufficient attention has been paid to FEMA by the
Department and states that there is consensus that “FEMA must be restored to the strong role it had in the
1990s…..” It further states, “While a hurricane or tornado cannot be prevented, this country can ensure
that strict building codes are enforced, that strong mitigation programs are utilized around the country to
prevent repetitive loss, and that our first responders are well-equipped and well trained.” The report also
notes the importance of partnerships with State and local entities and states, “Unfortunately, major
documents that provide the guidance for a national strategy are not complete……By leaving these
planning efforts incomplete, the Department leaves our Nation at risk. The Committee directs FEMA and
the Department to finalize these products and provide the needed leadership to ensure all Federal agencies
and State and local entities are working together.” Also of interest, the Committee Report states, “The
Committee notes that, according to the Multi-hazard Mitigation Council, on average, a dollar spent by
FEMA on hazard mitigation saves the Nation $4 in future costs. The Committee also recognizes that
when funding is saved through reduced property damages, lives are also saved. The Committee
encourages FEMA to work with qualified organizations to propose incentives for State and local
governments to focus on mitigation and preparedness through existing Federal programs.”

FEMA flood maps have recently changed the presentation of information indicating residual risk behind
levees. It includes a warning and a recommendation to purchase flood insurance. A number of Members
of Congress have been contacted by constituents concerned that FEMA is “scaring” people and that
lenders might start to require flood insurance in these areas. ASFPM has explained that such notations
are sound public policy and important for public safety. The following language appears in the report
accompanying the House Appropriations bill for DHS: “The Committee is aware of concerns about a
recent decision by FEMA to include a warning on some flood maps recommending that property owners
in areas behind provisionally certified levees purchase flood insurance. FEMA reportedly intends to
continue to require such warnings even for levees that receive full certification as providing protection in
the event of a „1 percent annual chance flood.‟ These concerns stem from a perception that the FEMA
warning may imply that FEMA is aware of specific information that casts doubt on the structural integrity
or protection value of particular levees when no such information exists. The Committee urges property


The Insider July 2007                           12
owners to carefully evaluate the flood risk associated with their property and to purchase flood insurance
accordingly, based on full and accurate information. The Committee urges FEMA to consult with
stakeholder communities on the current working of the FEMA warning to ensure that it: (1) accurately
reflects FEMA‟s state of knowledge about the protection provided by the particular levees to which the
warning is applied; and (2) clarifies whether or not property owners are legally required to purchase flood
insurance in areas protected by such levees.”

Amounts in both bills look like this:

                            FY ’07           FY ’08 Request            House                 Senate
 Disaster Relief          $1.5 billion         $1.7 billion          $1.7 billion            $1.7 bil.
   Flood Map
                          $198.9 mil.          $194.8 mil.            $230 mil.             $200 mil.
 Modernization
  Pre-Disaster
                           $100 mil.          $100.053 mil.           $120 mil.             $120 mil.
   Mitigation
     EMGP                  $200 mil.            $200 mil.             $300 mil.             $300 mil.

Both bills provide funds from the National Flood Insurance Funds in the amount of $90 million for severe
repetitive loss properties and repetitive insurance claims properties.

Energy and Water
This bill (H.R. 2641 and H. Rept. 110-207) was reported out of the House Appropriations Committee on
June 6th and the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 28th. The Senate committee report has not yet
been filed. The House bill exceeds the President‟s request by $1.1 billion and the Senate bill by $1.8
billion. The Army Corps of Engineers is funded at $5.584 billion by the House which is $713.4 million
above the President‟s request. The Senate funded the Corps at $5.4 billion or $577 million over the
request.

The House did not provide the $10 million requested for the ongoing levee inventory work. The House
also provided increases in funds for Flood Plain Management Services and Planning Assistance to States.
Details on the Senate bill are not yet available.



Interior, Environment and Related Agency
The House passed its bill (H.R. 2643 and H. Rept. 110-187) on June 27th. The Senate Appropriations
Committee reported out its version ( S. 1696 and S. Rept. 110-91) on June 21st. The measure has not yet
been taken up on the Senate floor.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
The budget request for FY ‟08 was $974.9 million, but the House bill provides $1.033 billion and the
Senate bill provides $1.009 billion. The House Committee report indicates that the increases include core
research into areas such as earthquakes, geography, hydrology and stream gages as well as biological
research. $10 million above the request is provided for “new research on global climate change including
glacier and polar monitoring, impacts on rivers and ground water and impacts on organisms.”

Both bills restore funding for the Water Resources Research Institutes which the Administration has
proposed to eliminate every year. The House funded the overall Water Resources Investigations account
at the budget request, which is $470,000 below the FY ‟07 level. The Senate, on the other hand, funded
this account at $11 million over the request. The House added $5 million to the request for the National



The Insider July 2007                           13
Streamflow Information program (NSIP) and the Senate added $2 million for the ccoperative water
program.

All legislation mentioned in this article can be reviewed by going to: http://thomas.loc.gov and typing in
the bill or report number.


Return to Table of Contents



CFM® Corner
Email for certification questions is cfm@floods.org. This section will appear in each issue of the Insider.
For suggestions on specific topics or questions to be covered, please send an email to Anita at this
address in the ASFPM Office.

Keeping us updated- Please remember to notify Anita at cfm@floods.org when you move. CFM
renewals and other certification related mailed material is sent to your HOME ADDRESS. Also, make
sure we always have your current employment information with correct email address.

CFM Renewal 7/31/2007- ASFPM CFMs who are up for their biennial CFM® certification renewal
July 31, 2007 have been sent a letter and renewal form via snail mail. If you have not received yours in
the mail, please contact Anita Larson at cfm@floods.org or (608) 274-0123 so your CFM does not lapse.
Below are a few CFMs up for renewal that we don‟t have current contact information on. If you know any
of these people or how to reach them, please let us know or contact them to contact us.
Zackary Borrenpohl, Chicago, IL
Sarah Deane, Fairfax, VA
Oscar Robayo, Riviera Beach, FL
Karen Mathis, Jacksonville, FL

Norfolk- We had great attendance of CFMs at our Conference. Total CFMs at the June 2007 conference
were 663. We held two exam offerings that week and had 55 people pass the ASFPM exam.
Congratulations! There are now over 4,300 CFMs nationwide.

Norfolk CECs- All CFMs attending our annual conference and fully registered will earn 12 core
continuing education credits (CECs). You don't even have to submit the paperwork to earn them. ASFPM
will automatically credit your file.

                                   Please use CFM without periods!

Return to Table of Contents



News from Chapters
Chapter Chairs or Chapter newsletter editors are encouraged to email Anita at cfm@floods.org with
articles or information happening in your Chapter.

Chapter Meeting at the Conference
On Thursday, June 7, 2007 an ASFPM Chapter meeting was held at the annual conference in Norfolk.
Representatives from approximately twenty-one (21) chapters were in attendance at the meeting.



The Insider July 2007                           14
The majority of the meeting dealt with insurance, finanacial and liability issues that many Chapters are
facing. Rick Henneger, legal counsel for ASFPM, was in attendance at the meeting to help answer
questions. He provided information to the participants dealing with incorporation issues that many
Chapters were unaware of. Also discussed at the meeting was a survey of the Chapters dealing with their
conferences.

We would like to thank all of the Chapter representatives that attended this meeting. The purpose of the
meeting was to share information, which was a big success. Our hope is to have this type of meeting
every year at the annual conference. If your Chapter has suggestions for topics, please send them to Anita
Larson at the Executive Office at cfm@floods.org.


New Chapters
Since the beginning of 2007 we have gained two new Chapters at ASFPM bringing the current total of
Chapters to 26! Please join us in welcoming the Georgia Association of Floodplain Management and the
Rhode Island Flood Mitigation Association as the two newest Chapters of ASFPM.

For more information on these chapters, and on any of the ASFPM Chapters, please visit the Chapters
page of our website at: http://www.floods.org/StatePOCs/stchoff.asp.


Illinois
As many of you may already have heard the office of the Illinois Association for Floodplain and
Stormwater Management will be moving. Since French and Mary Lu have recently decided to move to
Seattle, WA the Illinois Association is currently searching for a new Executive Secretary and a new place
to house their office.

Below is an excerpt from the Summer issue of the IAFSM newsletter, a goodbye message from French.

                               ***********************

It’s time to say goodbye. Mary Lu and I are moving to the great Northwest, about as opposite
from Illinois as you can get. We’re trading the flat lands and slow moving water for the
mountains, salt water, volcanoes, earthquakes, coffee, rain, and flash floods of Washington
State.

We’ll miss the prairie and Chicago pizza, but most of all we’ll miss the friends and colleagues
we’ve met and worked with in our 34 years of floodplain management in Illinois. We’ve told
everyone that we’re as close as a phone or email, that we’ll be back now and then, and that
we’ll see you at national conferences and other activities, but we’re still sad because we know it
won’t be quite the same.

One thing we are happy about is that we leave IAFSM in very good hands. As of this writing,
we don’t know who will be the next Executive Secretary or Newsletter Editor, but we do know
we’ve got one of the strongest Boards of Directors we’ve seen. Things are in very capable
hands.

Further, we’ve always bee impressed by how may people volunteer and chip in to help get
things done, and even more so recently. The secret to a good profession and a good
professional organization is that everyone feels responsible for doing their share for the greater
good. Our niece, who knows what we do for a living, sent us this wonderful saying, “No single


The Insider July 2007                          15
raindrop believes it is to blame for the flood.” We can say with confidence that there are over
500 members of IAFSM who don’t feel like raindrops. They will do their share for the
profession, their clients, and this Association.

It’s good to be a member of a team like IAFSM.

                                    ***********************

At its July 11 Board meeting, the Association plans to execute a contract with a new executive office
from proposals submitted in response to their Request for Proposals. During the interim, please send all
correspondence to the office of the IAFSM Chair:

Stuart Richter, CFM
Whiteside County Development
200 E. Knox Street
Morrison, IL 61270
815-772-5175
Fax: 815-772-5249
srichter@whiteside.org


Return to Table of Contents


Floodplain Management Training Calendar
Below are just several of the upcoming conferences & training opportunities, for a full listing, visit our online
calendar at http://www.floods.org/Conferences,%20Calendar/calendar.asp .


                              Workshop: New Approaches
                               to Floodplain Management
     July 19, 2007                                                                     Marian Dicas
                                for Coastal Communities,
                                    Ocean Springs, MS
                              Soil and Water Conservation
   July 21 – 25, 2007              Society 2007 Annual                    Soil and Water Conservation Society
                                 Conference, Tampa, FL
                              Still Battling the Inland Sea:
                                                                      Society of American Military Engineers
                                 Exploring Solutions for
   July 24 – 26, 2007                                                                 (SAME)
                               California's Complex Water
                                                                     American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
                                 Issues, Sacramento, CA
                               Ohio Statewide Floodplain
 August 22 -23, 2007            Management Conference,                                 View Website
                                       Dublin, OH
                                  3 Rivers HAZUS 2007
    August 24, 2007                                                      California University of Pennsylvania
                              Conference, Canonsburg, PA
                               Wetlands 2007: Watershed
                                 Strategies to Protect and
                                                                            Association of Wetland Managers
 August 27 – 29, 2007         Restore Wetland‟s Ecological
                                                                                      Laura Birchill
                                      & Social Svcs.,
                                    Williamsburg, VA
 September 4 -7, 2007               FMA 2007 Annual                       Floodplain Management Association


The Insider July 2007                                 16
                                Conference, MontBleu
                               Resort, South Lake Tahoe
                                 GAFM East Region –
                                Education & Technical
September 5 – 7, 2007                                              Georgia Association of Floodplain Management
                                 Training Conference,
                                     Augusta, GA
                               Florida Agent and Lender
   Sept. – Dec. 2007                                                   Florida Floodplain Managers Association
                              Seminars, Various locations
                                 ASFPM Arid Regions
  September 11 -14,
                                      Conference,                               Kevin Houck, P.E., CFM
        2007
                                   Breckenridge, CO
  September 12 – 14,          INAFSM 2007 Conference,                   Indiana Association for Floodplain and
        2007                      Pokagon State Park                          Stormwater Management
  September 16 - 19,          OFMA Annual Conference,
                                                                     Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association
        2007                           Tulsa, OK
  September 24 – 26,           AFMA Fall Conference,
                                                                    Arkansas Floodplain Management Association
        2007                      Eureka Springs, AR
                               Association of Floodplain
                              Managers of Mississippi Fall              Association of Floodplain Managers of
October 17 – 19, 2007
                                Conference, Pearl River                              Mississippi
                                 Resort, Choctaw, MS
                                  NJAFM 3rd Annual                      New Jersey Association for Floodplain
October 18 – 19, 2007
                               Conference, Somerset, NJ                            Management
                                WAFSCM 2007 Annual
                                                                         Wisconsin Association for Floodplain,
November 7 – 9, 2007                  Conference,
                                                                         Stormwater and Coastal Management
                                     Appleton, WI
                                 ASFPM 32nd National
                                                                                   www.floods.org
  May 18 – 23, 2008                   Conference
                                                                                memberhelp@floods.org
                                       Reno, NV

Return to Table of Contents


Job Corner
Below are just a few of job openings currently posted on our website. To view all of the listings, visit our online job
corner at http://www.floods.org/StatePOCs/jobs.asp .

Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority- East
Regional Executive Director

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East is recruiting an executive director. The position
is located in the New Orleans, Louisiana metropolitan area. The executive director is responsible for the
development for all flood control projects, approval plans for construction, coordination of meetings with
flood control and elected officials, appearance before legislative committees on proposed legislation,
development of organizational and administrative structure, management of personnel and development
of staffing requirements, and management/operation of all levee districts under the jurisdiction of the
SLFPAE which includes the Orleans Levee District, the East Jefferson Levee District and the Lake
Borgne Levee District.




The Insider July 2007                                17
Excellent salary and benefits commensurate with experience. For more information refer to detailed
announcement on EJLD.com website or call Gina at (504) 736-7050


Fuller, Mossbarger, Scott and May Engineers, Inc. (FMSM)
NFIP Specialist – Louisville, Kentucky

Fuller, Mossbarger, Scott and May Engineers, Inc. (FMSM), a multi-disciplined consulting engineering
firm with significant growth opportunities, seeks qualified professionals for our Louisville, Kentucky
office. We are searching a superior candidate with two to four years experience and knowledge of FEMA,
and its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the Map Modernization initiative, to serve in the
role as NFIP Specialist. Candidates should be self-motivated, organized and detail-oriented; who can
demonstrate resourcefulness, take initiative, possess quality team building techniques, and excellent
communication skills.

Desirable experience includes:
• Proficiency in extracting data from the web and in using Microsoft Office, especially Word, PowerPoint
and Excel
• Degree in Environmental Planning, Environmental Management, Natural Resources, Biology,
Environmental Technology, Civil/Environmental Engineering, or Water Resources Related Field
(Certified Floodplain Manager or AICP a plus)
• Working knowledge of water resources management issues including water quality, hydrology, ecology,
floodplain management, regional and municipal planning, and enforcement
• Watershed management and stakeholder involvement planning
• Working knowledge of federal, state, and local environmental regulations and agencies in regards to
watershed/floodplain management and water quality and quantity related issues
• Environmental applications in geographic information systems
• Demonstrated ability to develop written reports including municipal ordinance and policy development
• Proficient public speaking and presentation abilities
FMSM offers an outstanding benefits package which includes 401(K), profit sharing, and paid overtime.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Interested candidates should apply on-line at
www.fmsm.com. EOE



AWWA Jobs

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) maintains an excellent jobs listing on the internet.
ASFPM or its members may use the AWWA Job Listings like all other employers, filling out an online
form which sends postings to AWWA in an e-mail. Please note the limitations on the types of jobs to be
listed. Effective January 2000, employers will have to pay to put job announcements on the site, but
prospective employees can put a resume on the site at no charge.

To look at the current jobs listings, click here.

You are also encouraged to look at the AWWA home site by clicking here .

ASFPM applauds this effort by AWWA!


Return to Table of Contents



The Insider July 2007                               18

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:30
posted:9/23/2011
language:English
pages:18