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The Premier Flood Conference

The Association of State Floodplain Managers will convene the world's largest and most comprehensive floodplain management conference – our 40th annual gathering – the of week June 19 – June 24, 2016, at DeVos Place Convention Center in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. We invite you to share your experiences with local, state, regional, tribal and federal officials, industry leaders, consultants, a wide variety of subject matter experts from a vast diversity of fields, and other interested parties by giving a presentation relevant to our theme, "Great Lakes, Grand Partners".

Our theme for the 2016 conference is a focus on partnership. PARTNER is defined as a person {or entity} who takes part in an undertaking with another or others, especially in a business or company with shared risks and profits; being united with others in an activity or  sphere of common interest. The State of Michigan has long been a strong partner and leader in the Midwest with innovative mitigation tools and regulations to protect its people and environment.

The Great Lakes (also called the Laurentian Great Lakes, the Third Coast, or the Great Lakes of North America) are a series of interconnected freshwater lakes located in northeastern North America, on the Canada-US border. They connect to the Atlantic Ocean through the Saint Lawrence River. Consisting of Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario, they form the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth, containing 21% of the world's surface fresh water by volume. The total surface is 94,250 square miles and the total volume (measured at the low water datum) is 5,439 cubic miles. Due to their sea-like characteristics (rolling waves, sustained winds, strong currents, great depths, and distant horizons) the five Great Lakes have also long been referred to as inland seas. Lake Superior is the second largest lake in the world by area, and Lake Michigan is the largest lake that is entirely within one country. The Great Lakes began to form at the end of the last glacial period around 10,000 years ago, as retreating ice sheets carved basins into the land and they became filled with meltwater. The lakes have been a major highway for transportation, migration and trade, and they are home to a large number of aquatic species. Grand Rapids is 30 miles east of Lake Michigan, with the Grand River snaking through the midst of the city and flowing into Lake Michigan. Clearly water issues abound in this region and we will learn well from our colleagues here!

The conference is conducted by the Association of State Floodplain Managers, the world's leading voice for sound floodplain management, with 17,000 practitioners, 9,200 Certified Floodplain Managers (CFMs), 36 Chapters, and 73 Corporate and Agency Partners  world-wide.

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