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Thursday - June 21, 2018

6:45 – 8:30

Continental Breakfast

7:00 – 8:15

Early Bird Sessions – Regional Discussion Sessions 

7:00 - 11:30  $ TECHNICAL FIELD TOUR Flood Control Infrastructure - Bus
Fee: $45

Historically, seasonal rainfall would regularly flood portions of the Phoenix metropolitan area. Flood Control Infrastructure designed and constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers, Flood Control District of Maricopa County, and cities were built over a 50 year time frame to provide flood control protection to millions of residents in this urban area. This field trip will focus on various different types of structures - dams, channels, basins, and recreational solutions combined with flood protection. Participants will learn about the need for Adobe and Dreamy Draw Dams that provide flood protection to north Phoenix, and how the Arizona Canal Diversion Channel protect virtually all of downtown Phoenix from flooding. Tempe Town Lake, Indian Bend Wash and Grover Basin Dog Park are also stops on this tour. All of these structures also provide multi-use recreational opportunities. On route participants will learn the structural and maintenance aspects of these projects and maybe a story or two about the aliens and the history of the projects.

8:30 – 10:00

Plenary Session 3 - Ballroom

Making it Work: Flood Mitigation Best Practices and Success Stories 

  1. Steve Martin, CFM,State NFIP Coordinator/State Floodplain Manager, Florida Bureau of Mitigation 
  2. Kelli Sertich, AICP, CFM, Branch Manger, Policy, Planning & Coordination, Maricopa County Flood Control District 
  3. Roger Lindsey, PE, CFM, Practice Leader - Stormwater and Floodplain Management, Nashville Metro Water Services 

Moderator: Brian Varrella, CFM, ASFPM Vice Chair, Colorado DOT 

10:00 – 10:30

Mid-Morning Continental Breakfast 

10:30 - Noon

7th Annual ASFPM Foundation Student Paper Competition

Judges: ASFPM Foundation Trustees

10:30 – Noon

TRACK 1: Modeling 
TRACK 2: Mitigation 
TRACK 4: Arid Regions 
TRACK 5: Dams & Levees
TRACK 6: Coastal Management 
TRACK 7: Mapping 
TRACK 8: Showcase 

Concurrent Session G

G1: Modeling for Complex Situations

  • Calibration of Post-Burn Hydrology and Hydraulics: Goodwin Fire, Arizona
  • Hurricane Harvey Rainfall and Streamflow Frequency Analysis
  • Flood Velocity Data - Benefits, Examples, and 2D Floodway Uses

G2: Social and Cultural Considerations of Mitigation

  • Equitable Buy-Out Strategies for Mitigating Flood Risk in Houston
  • Historic Preservation and Hazard Mitigation: Always at Odds?
  • Flood Risk Reduction in Historic Neighborhoods:  A Visually Unobtrusive Approach

G3: Floodplain Management Theory & Research

  • A 50,000-Year Storm…Really?
  • What is Flood Safety Worth?  Eliminate the Mystery of Financing Risk Reduction in New Building
  • What Data Science Reveals about the Value of 21st Century Floodplain Management

G4: Post-Wildfire Modeling, Risk Communication, and Mitigation

  • After A Wildfire, Collaborating to Reduce Flood and Debris Flow Risks
  • Coconino County: Pre-Fire Assessment of Post-Fire Flood and Debris Flow Risk
  • Flood Follows Fire - Communicating the Heightened Flood Risk After a Fire

G5: Disaster Response for Dams and Levees

  • Harvey, Irma, Debbie, Maria, and Ophelia:  The New Normal?
  • What is a Cubit?
  • A Rapid Assessment of Dam Inventory – Lessons Learned from Two Category 4 Hurricanes Impacting Puerto Rico

G6: Coastal Flood Risk Management

  • Beyond Elevation: Exploring a Holistic Approach to Coastal Flood Risk Management
  • Sea Grant Programs Working Together Nationwide to Address Flooding and Assist Communities
  • Future Flood Modeling and Dataset Development for Sea Grant's Southeast Atlantic Regional Resilience Project

G7: Flood Mapping Behind the Scenes

  • Take a Closer Look at the Water Surface TIN
  • Guidance for Conducting Wave Runup and Overtopping in a Coastal Environment
  • Map Mod Alchemy: Turning Paper into Digital Gold


Noon – 1:45

ASFPM National Awards Luncheon - Ballroom

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

And invitation to the ASFPM 2019 Conference in Cleveland, Ohio

 2:00 - 3:30

TRACK 1: Modeling 
TRACK 2: Mitigation
TRACK 4: Post Disaster 
TRACK 5: Dams & Levees 
TRACK 6: Risk Communication 
TRACK 7: Mapping 
TRACK 8: Showcase 

Concurrent Session H

H1: State Initiatives in Modeling

  • Collaborative Pilot Study to update Flood Flow Frequencies in Big Sky Country
  • Kansas 2D Modeling – “All You Have to Do” is Integrate Policy with Accuracy!
  • No Cell Left Behind: North Dakota Statewide 2D Modeling and Mapping

H2: Resilience: Measuring, Quantifying, Funding

  • Pursuing Community Resilience Over Time
  • Maximizing the Value of Resilience
  • Innovative Finance for Flood Resilience: Lessons from the Capital Markets

H3: Community Rating System: Guidance for Local Administration

  • The Role of the Community CRS Coordinator: For the New and For the Old
  • More Bang for your Buck: Coordinating CRS and Hazard Mitigation Planning Activities to Increase Impact
  • City of Phoenix 5-Year Cycle Verification with NFIP CRS

H4: State Post-Disaster Initiatives

  • How Hurricane Matthew Helped NC Think Differently About Recovery and Resilience Planning
  • A Regional Watershed Approach to Disaster Recovery in Louisiana
  • Building Resilience into Flood Recovery: Lessons Learned from the Colorado EWP Program

H5: Levee Risk Analysis

  • International Best Practice in Levee System Flood Risk Analysis
  • Visualizing the Flood Risk from a Levee Breach
  • May 2015 Salt Creek Flooding – Simulation vs. Reality

H6: Risk-Informed Decision Support

  • The National Risk Index: A New Tool to Communicate and Interpret Community Risk
  • Risk-Informed Decision-Making Approach for Flood Risk Assessment and Management
  • Relevant Targeted Flood Protective Actions for the Public

H7: Guidance & Standards Highlights

  • It Begins with Quality: Improving Trust in and Use of FEMA’s Flood Risk Products
  • Transformation Complete
  • Mapping Fluvial Hazard Zones: Implementing a Statewide Program for Colorado


 2:30 - 5:00

$ TRAINING WORKSHOP What's Your Strategic Communications Plan?
Fee: $45, 2 CECs
Instructor: Mark Boone, CFM, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina 

Developing a strategic plan for floodplain communications begins with identifying the outcomes you want for your community. Participants will learn the steps one community took to elevate to a CRS Class 4 and will be able to create the framework for their communities’ strategic communications plans. Budgeting, campaign planning, logic modeling, messaging, production and evaluation will be demonstrated in addition to CRS Plan for Public Information implementation milestones.

2:30 - 5:00

$ TRAINING WORKSHOP Characterizing Flood Risk Using Bulletin 17C, the Updated Federal Guidelines for Flood Frequency Analysis
Fee: $45, 2 CECs
Instructor: Andrea Veileux, PhD, Peter McCarthy, USGS 

Flood-frequency analysis provides the essential statistical interpretation of hydrologic data for estimating flood risk and for floodplain mapping.  This workshop provides an overview of flood-frequency analysis of peak streamflow data, as well as introduces methods adopted in the new federal guidelines, Bulletin 17C including: the Expected Moments Algorithm (EMA), for dealing with zeros, low outliers and historical data and the Multiple Grubbs-Beck test (MGB) for the identification of potentially influential low floods (PILFs).  Participants will learn about changes implemented in Bulletin 17C, how to properly characterize flood peaks for inclusion in a Bulletin 17C analysis, and how to interpret Bulletin 17C flood frequency analyses.

2:30 - 5:00 FEMA Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) Best Practices from the Field - A Special Presentation from the 1st Annual CTP Recognition Program: San Antonio River Authority (SARA), Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) and the Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW)
2:30 - 5:30

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.

3:30 – 4:00


4:00 – 5:30

TRACK 1: Modeling 
TRACK 2: Mitigation
TRACK 4: Arid Regions
TRACK 5: Dams & Levees
TRACK 6: Risk Communication 
TRACK 7: Mapping 
TRACK 8: Stormwater

Concurrent Session J

J1: New Tools and Methods for Modeling

  • Riding the Open Source Wave: Leveraging Innovations for Flood Risk Analysis
  • Numerical Tools and their Effects on Floodplain Mapping
  • Large Scale Simulation of Flood Flow Inundation Processes Using CHRE2D Model

J2: Mitigation and Resilience Planning

  • Building Community Resilience Through Integrated Risk Modeling and Community Planning
  • Flood Hazard Mitigation Planning for FEMA Grants - Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians
  • Mainstreaming Mitigation: Lessons Learned + Applied in Comprehensive Community Planning

J3: Local FPM Challenges and Resources

  • Clarifying Contradictions and Gaps in NFIP Regulations, FEMA Guidance, and Community Policy
  • Local Choices and How They Can Impact the National Flood Insurance Program
  • Municipal Floodplain Ownership and Maintenance – How Much Can A Community Handle?

J4: Challenges of Water Resources Along the Border

  • Nogales Wash - Potrero Creek Conceptual Drainage Masterplan
  • Coordination and Decision Support for International Outfall Interceptor Breach in Nogales Wash
  • Border Mitigation - Flood Mitigation for Binational Flood Hazards

J5: Dam and Levee Breach Modeling

  • Is Detailed 2D Modelling of Dam Breach Inundation Worth the Expense?
  • Real-Time Dam Fill Time and Outflow Prediction Software
  • What Levee Risk?  Simplified Levee Breach Analysis for Non-Accredited FEMA Levees

J6: Risk MAP 

  • Smart Scoping with Community Engagement and Base Level Engineering
  • Convergence of Discovery and Resilience Meetings, a path to Mitigation Actions
  • Innovations on Changes Since Last FIRM Toolset

J7: Mapping Toolbox Innovations and Applications

  • FEMA’s CNMS Database – More Than Metrics: Hurricane Harvey Disaster Response
  • Texas Water Development Board Cooperating Technical Partner –Statewide Prioritization Tool
  • Leveraging Coastal Data: The Development of a Coastal MultiFrequency Geospatial Data Catalog

J8: Local Assessments for Prioritizing Stormwater Management Options

  • Too Many Projects, Not Enough Money: Practical Solutions to Optimize Limited Funding
  • Flood Mitigation Plan: Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) to Implementation
  • Developing a Comprehensive Stormwater Infrastructure Master Plan to Meet Multiple Objectives
6:00 – 10:00

Networking Reception - Arizona Science Center 

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

Arizona Science Center has over 300 hands-on interactive exhibits that spans four levels. Explore the human body, experience the forces of nature, be fascinated by physics, discover digital communications and investigate renewable resources. Designed by renowned architect Antoine Predock, this unique landmark is nestled in the picturesque setting of Heritage and Science Park directly across from the Phoenix Convention Center. 

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