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Sunday - June 17, 2018

8:00 – 12:30

ASFPM Board of Directors meeting

9:00 – 5:00 $ TRAINING WORKSHOP Floodplain Management 101

Fee: $80 (includes course materials), 6.5 CECs
Instructors: Jennifer Marcy, CFM, Atkins; Heidi M. Carlin, CFM; & Shanna Michael, CFM, AECOM

Floodplain Management 101 covers the basic tenets of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the minimum administrative requirements to successfully implement a community floodplain management program. Participants will learn the fundamentals of individual and local responsibilities for managing flood risks and loss through proper permitting and planning. Topics covered include: NFIP Basics, Maps & Flood Insurance Studies, the Floodplain Manager's Role, and NFIP Compliance. This workshop is targeted at new floodplain managers with less than two years of experience.

Noon – 1:00

Lunch on your own

Enjoy Phoenix! 

1:00 – 3:00

$ TRAINING WORKSHOP * Why Am I Flooding When I Am Nowhere Near a Floodplain?
Fee: $45, 2 CECs
Instructors: Janet Meshek, PE, CFM, Meshek & Associates, PLC 

Learn about what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to preventing localized flooding, as well as how we got into this mess in the first place! This workshop exposes some of the attempts made by developers and their engineers to construct substandard developments and the unfortunate results. We deal with how to proactively avoid these problems in the project review phase. This workshop offers common sense advice for community plan reviewers whether they are engineers or not.

1:00 – 5:00

$ TRAINING WORKSHOP Elevation Certificates and LOMAs:  The proper way to complete FEMA’s Elevation Certificate, MT-1 and MT-EZ forms, and how these are used in floodplain management.
Fee: $45, 3.5 CECs
Instructors: Becca Fricke-Croft, CFM, Brock Remus, CFM Atkins North America; Corey Garyotis, PE, CFM, Alabama Office of Water Resources 

This workshop will go through FEMA's latest Elevation Certificate section by section to help participants verify forms are being completed correctly by both licensed professionals and local officials.  Specific focus will be applied to building diagrams since they are very important in floodplain management at the local level and insurance rating by the NFIP.  The workshop will then go through the proper submittal of MT-1s identifying common shortfalls, submittal options, and use of FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center.

1:00 – 5:00

$ TRAINING WORKSHOP * PCSWMM/EPA SWMM5 Floodplain Modeling Workshop
Fee: $45, 3.5 CECs
Instructors: John Covey, PE, CFM, Wood; Michael Gregory, PE, CFM, Computational Hydraulics International (CHI)

This PCSWMM and EPA SWMM5 workshop focuses on getting both new and advanced users up to speed on the capabilities of these two modeling packages. Learn the theory, tools and practical hands-on applications of SWMM5 hydrologic and hydraulic modeling for stormwater and watershed systems. Special emphasis is on floodplains, calibration and drainage system planning and analysis using both single event and continuous modeling and integrated 1D-2D modeling.

2:00 – 5:30

ASFPM Committee Chairs Meeting (by invitation only)

7:00 – 10:00

Welcome Fest

COME ONE, COME ALL! Step right up to the Welcome Fest!  Reconnect with friends and meet new ones at this State Fair- inspired event.  Get your game throwing arm warmed up for cornhole, darts, basketball, football and more!!! Attire is casual and sips and bites will be provided!

Hosted by AFMA and their local sponsors.  You must RSVP during conference registration to attend this FREE function.

Next Day


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


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:


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


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

Previous Day Next Day


Tuesday - June 19, 2018

7:00 - 7:00

Exhibit Hall Open - Exhibit Hall

7:45 – 8:30

Continental Breakfast - Exhibit Hall

8:30 – 10:00

Plenary Session 1 - Ballroom

Welcome Address

Rebuilding 2017 - The Year of Disasters 

  1. ASFPM Annual Report: Ingrid Wadsworth, CFM, Deputy Director 
  2. Harvey Hammered Houston! Rebuilding Texas: Honorable Edward M. Emmett, Judge and presiding officer of Harris County Commissioners Court, Texas
  3. Fires, Flash Floods and Mudslides: Christy Jones, Deputy Director for Statewide Emergency Preparedness and Security, California Dept. of Water Resources 

Moderator: Maria Cox Lamm, CFM, ASFPM Chair, South Carolina DNR

10:00 - 10:15

First Timer's Orientation -Near Registration Desk

10:00 – 10:30

Mid-Morning Continental Breakfast, Exhibits Viewing, Silent Auction - Exhibit Hall

10:30 – Noon


Technical Concurrent Sessions Program – This conference will examine the challenges facing the nation as flood risk management experts share ideas and learn from one another. 

TRACK 1: Modeling
TRACK 2: Mitigation
TRACK 4: Events in Review 
TRACK 5: Dams & Levees
TRACK 6: Risk Communication
TRACK 7: Mapping 
TRACK 8: Showcase

Concurrent Session - A

A1: Real Time Modeling 

  • Integrating Social Vulnerability and Flood Safety Modeling
  • Improving the Flood Intelligence for the Sacramento River System using the California-Nevada/National Weather Service Flood Forecast Data
  • Real-Time Flood Forecasting in Nashville, TN using HEC-RTS

A2: Large Scale Assessments of Mitigation Options

  • Go, Collaborate, and Mitigate! Coordinated Solutions Floodplain Management and Risk Reduction
  • Hazus – More Than a Loss Estimator -- Using Hazus as a tool for Drainage Master Planning
  • Linking Flood Risk to Resilience: A Decision Support Tool for Risk-based Resilience Investment

A3: Community Rating System: State and Local Initiatives

  • Developing a CRS Strategy for the State of Louisiana
  • Repetitive Loss Area Planning- The Tulsa Model
  • The Florida CRS Initiative: Providing State Support of Municipal CRS Programs

A4: 2017 Hurricanes in Review

  • NWS Synopsis of 2017 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria
  • The Storm Surges Impacts of the 2107 Hurricane Season
  • Still Standing?: Building Performance in the 2017 Hurricane Season

A5: Factors Affecting Levee Performance

  • Risk Analysis of Vegetation on Levees
  • 15 Years of Development of Fragility Curves for UK Levees: Lessons Learned for the US
  • Sandy or Clayey Levees:  What it Means for Levee Resiliency

A6: Web-Based Tools for Risk Communication

  • Hide Tides and High Returns: How a Low Cost Communication Method Can Transform Your Information Flow
  • Next generation flood hazard risk communication website – WWW.FLOOD.NC.GOV
  • Comprehensive Flood Information at Your Fingertips

A7: Transforming the Flood Mapping Program

  • FEMA’s Mapping Program – Past, Present, and Future
  • Risk MAP Exploratory Innovation Products, Part 2
  • One Stop Shop to Access FEMA’s Best Available Flood Risk Information


Noon – 1:30

Keynote Luncheon - Ballroom

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

Speaker: New Directions and Program Emphases from FEMA, Brock Long, FEMA Administrator 
Doug Plascencia, P.E., CFM, ASFPM Foundation President, Vice President, Practice Leader Water, Moffatt & Nichol 

Moderator: Maria Cox Lamm, CFM, ASFPM Chair, South Carolina DNR

1:30 - 5:30

$ TRAINING WORKSHOP State Floodplain Manager 1 on 1 - Mentoring Workshop (state employees only) 
Fee: FREE, pre-registration is required, 3.5 CECs for CFMs
Instructors: Al Goodman, CFM, AWG Consulting; Bill Nechamen, CFM, Nechamen Consulting, LLC

This workshop is designed for state level floodplain managers. 

 1:45 – 3:15


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

Concurrent Session B

B1: Urban Stormwater Flooding Analysis

  • Evaluating and Adapting the Impact of Urbanization on Watershed Flood Risk
  • The City of Austin Local Flood Risk Reduction: Prioritization, Challenges and 2D Modeling
  • Identifying Flood Risk in Unmapped Urban Environments

B2: Climate Adaptation in Resilience Planning

  • Critical Facilities Assessment for Southeastern Connecticut: Strategies for Flood Resilience
  • Integrating Adaptive Capacity Assessment into Mitigation Planning
  • Rising Seas Hit Home for US Coastal Communities: Using Response Time Wisely

B3: International Approaches to Floodplain Management

  • The Case for Tolerable Risk Guidelines to Manage Flood Risk
  • Flood Risk and the NFIP: International Perspectives and Opportunities for the U.S.
  • Applying Risk-informed Floodplain Management Lessons from Overseas in the USA

B4: Local Disaster Recovery Case Studies

  • Resilient St. Vrain Project! Planning, Design and Construction to Reduce Future Flood Risk
  • Lessons Learned From 2015 Colorado City, Arizona Flash Floods
  • Cedar Rapids Flood Risk Management: A Case Study in Flood Disaster Recovery

B5: Natural and Beneficial Floodplain Functions in Holistic Floodplain Management

  • Integrated Floodplain, Wetland and Riparian Mapping: Leveraging Ecosystem Functions to Reduce Risk
  • Floodplain Restoration in the Upper Mississippi Basin: Connecting the Dots between Floodplain Management and Water Quality
  • State of Washington Floodplain Management and Natural Beneficial Functions

B6: Building Support for Floodplain Management

  • Political Support for Local Floodplain Management Programs
  • State and Federal Policy making: How to get involved at a local level
  • Putting the Storm in Your Media Strategy

B7: CTP Initatives

  • Performance Measures for the CTP Program: How to Make Them Work for Your Mapping Project
  • Colorado Hazard Mapping Program (CHAMP) - Lessons Learned
  • Missouri PIR Counties with Risk MAP Infusion – Bootheel of Missouri


2:30 - 5:00

$ TRAINING WORKSHOP Under The Weather: Communication Tools and Techniques for the Floodplain Management Professional
Fee: $45, 2 CECs for CFMs
Instructor: Henrietta Williams, CFM, FEMA

Floodplain management professionals who dread that contentious public meeting or “mic in your face moment” will find this workshop informative and engaging. This session will equip attendees with the skills to:    Respond to media and public program inquiries using technically accurate, but easy-to-    understand terminology;  Use statistics and numbers to illustrate a point and tell stories an audience will understand and remember;  translate technical phrases and processes using plain language terminology without changing the meaning; and,  Use story-telling techniques to present technical facts to a lay audience.    Attendees will also participate in scenario-driven table-top exercises and receive a copy of a Communication Cross-Walk Tool designed to provide guidance on translating Floodplain Management subject matter on-the-spot!

2:30 - 5:00

$ TRAINING WORKSHOP FEMA’s Mapping Information Platform: Review of Redesigned Flood Study Tools, including Best Practices for Data Capture, Project Management, and Reporting 
Fee: $45, 2 CECs for CFMs
Instructor: Brian Killen, CFM, Stantec; Brock Remus, CFM, Atkins North America

The first major overhaul of FEMA’s Mapping Information Platform brought significant changes to the MIP studies users functions and processes. However, there has not been a comprehensive training yet developed focused on project management using the new MIP studies solution.  This workshop would provide MIP studies users a comprehensive review of the new MIP functions and SOMA tool, including best practices for data capture, project management, and reporting options.

3:15 – 3:45

Break, Exhibits Viewing, Silent Auction - Exhibit Hall

3:45 – 5:15

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

Concurrent Session C

C1: Coastal Modeling and Analysis

  • Hydrodynamic Two-Dimensional Coastal Circulation Modeling for Cell 5AB of Poplar Island, MD
  • Let it Rain on Your Mesh: Integrating Hydrologic and Hydraulic Modeling to Simulate Hurricane Flooding in Coastal Areas
  • Exploring Future Conditions Modeling and Mapping Through the FEMA Florida Sea Level Rise Pilot Study

C2: Local Mitigation Initiatives

  • The Resilient St. Vrain Program: Collaborative Recovery from the 2013 Colorado Floods
  • Strategy to Implement a Flood Risk Reduction System in an Urban Environment - Rebuild by Design- Hudson River Project in Hoboken, Jersey City and Weehawken
  • The NYC Residential Technical Assistance Pilot Program (RTAPP): Increasing Resilience - Lowering Flood Insurance

C3: Compliance and Enforcement

  • No-Rise, No Problem; Managing Infrastructure in FEMA Floodways
  • Win-Win - Base Level Engineering Data Supports Local Oil & Gas Permitting
  • Geospatially Mitigating Violations into Compliance

C4: Stormwater Management in the Desert

  • Green Stormwater Infrastructure Case Studies in the Southwest for Flood Mitigation
  • Evaluation of GI/LID Benefits in the Desert Environment
  • The FCDMC has Levees? A Flood Control District’s Perspective on Levee Safety

C5: Local Levee Case Studies

  • Omaha Regional Flood Risk Reduction System - A Comparison and Contrast of Scale and Function
  • FEMA and USACE Collaboration on Levee Risk Communication –  City of Clarkson, Nebraska
  • * Flood Risk Information for the Masses: Estimated Base Flood Elevation Viewer.

C6: Engaging Communities in New Ways

  • Evolving to Communicate Risk
  • FEMA's Customer Experience Initative: New Tools to Enhance How Flood Risk Information is Shared 
  • Using Technology to Increase Flood Risk Awareness

C7: Fostering Stakeholder Relationships & Ownership

  • Leveraging Local Leadership Through a Timely Map Review Process
  • Transparency into FEMA’s Appeal Process for the California Coastal Analysis and Mapping Project
  • Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement for the California Coastal Analysis and Mapping Project


5:15 – 7:15

Exhibits Networking Social, Silent Auction - Exhibit Hall

 7:15 -

Open Evening - Enjoy Your Night in Phoenix!

Previous Day Next Day


Wednesday - June 20, 2018

6:45 – 8:30

Continental Breakfast - Exhibit Hall

7:00 - 3:30

Exhibit Hall Open- Exhibit Hall

7:00 – 8:15

Early Bird Sessions – Hot Issues Discussions

7:00 – 10:00

Running of the Chapters - ASFPM  6th Annual 5k Fun Run & Walk

8:30 – 10:00

Plenary Session 2 - Ballroom

National Flood Insurance Program: Issues and Implementation Strategies 

  1. JoAnn Jay Howard, President, H2O Partners, former Federal Insurance Administrator

  2. Cheryl Small, Executive Director, National Flood Association 
  3.  Laura Lightbody, Project Director, Flood Prepared Communities, The PEW Charitable Trusts

  4. Carolyn Kousky, PhD, Director of Policy Research and Engagement, Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  5. David Maurstad, Deputy Associate Administrator, Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration

Moderator: Larry Larson, PE, CFM, ASFPM Sr. Policy Advisor, Director Emeritus

10:00 – 10:30

Mid-Moring Continental Breakfast, Exhibits Viewing, Silent Auction - Exhibit Hall

10:30 – Noon

States Roundtable Discussion - Ballroom

Special Session for State Floodplain Managers and Hazard Mitigation Officers - Invitation Only

 10:30 - Noon

TRACK 1: Modeling
TRACK 2: Mitigation
TRACK 4: Post Disaster
TRACK 6: Flood Warning Systems 

Concurrent Session D

D1: Modeling Infrastructure in a Changing Climate

  • Regulate, Litigate or Capitulate
  • Advancements in Two-Dimensional Floodplain Modeling with SRH-2D
  • Comparing Three 2D Software Packages for Modeling and Designing Highway Drainage Structures

D2: Proving Mitigation Effectiveness

  • Flood Reduction Lessons Learned after Major Disasters: Mitigation Project Performance Post-Harvey and Irma
  • Mitigation Effectiveness Study – Beatrice, Nebraska
  • Tearing Down Homes to Build Community Resilience – An Evaluation of the Benefits of the Nashville Home Buyout Program

D3: Higher Floodplain Management Standards 

  • Adopting Higher Regulatory Standards
  • The Costs and Benefits of the CRS Program in Virginia 
  • Providing Credible Flood Risk Data to Help Communities Implement Higher Floodplain Management Standards 

D4: Post-Disaster Rapid Assessments

  • Substantial Damage Estimation: Using Hazus-MH as a Screening Tool After Hurricane Harvey
  • Fast and Furious: Use of Remote Damage Assessment during Harvey, Irma and Maria
  • Reducing Time and Cost of Substantial Damage Estimates After a Disaster; Lessons from the Hurricane Harvey Substantial Damage Task Force Analytics Cell

D5: Holistic Floodplain Management Case Studies

  • Utilizing Ecosystem Services and Nature-Based Solutions in Reducing Flood Risks in Central Europe
  • “Win-Win” Decision-Making: Using Holistic Benefit-Cost Analysis to Evaluate Floodplain Management Projects
  • Linking Policy and Practice: Models for State Natural Infrastructure Policy

D6: Flood Warning Systems

  • Building a RAFT: Advanced Methods for Linking Forecasts and Stream Gages for Rapid Flood Assessment
  • Integration of Advanced Flood Warning Technologies
  • Floodfeed: You Won’t Believe These 3 Nomographs That Predict Your Flood Elevation!
Noon - 1:30

Lunch on Your Own

Enjoy Phoenix! 

Noon - 1:30 Region 4 Discussion Session 
12:20 - 1:30 

Lunch with CRS 

NFIP State Coordinators and CRS State Coordinators, and CRS user group leaders, are invited to gather with members of the CRS Team from FEMA and ISO for a brown bag lunch (bring your own). The meeting will be held in 126C (which is also the CRS One-on-One Room). Community CRS Coordinators and floodplain managers are also invited to join the conversation. 

1:00 - 3:00 

Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance (NFFA) Meeting 

The Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance (NFFA) is an affiliation of nonprofit and private organizations, government agencies, and individuals dedicated to the protection and preservation of the natural functions of floodplains, including coastal areas. NFFA was established to “promote, protect, and enhance the protection, restoration, and management of natural floodplain resources.” Members share information and may elect to coordinate actions on issues of interest, but the NFFA does not take formal positions on matters of national policy, guidance, or legislation.

The NFFA encourages and supports information-sharing among its affiliated organizations and agencies that support restoration and conservation of natural floodplain resources, the use of sound science to develop fair and reasonable policies and programs that support restoration and conservation of natural floodplain resources, and the revision or elimination of policies and programs that degrade and destroy natural floodplain resources and wetlands.

At this meeting the NFFA will cover the following topics:
•Report out on the Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance and Wetland Mapping Consortium Workshop, “Exploring Opportunities for Integrated Mapping and Functional Assessment of Riverine and Coastal Floodplains and Wetlands,” including next steps.
•Status of WOTUS court actions and “un-Rule Making” (impacts of current Administration policy)
•Implications of 2018 Federal Omnibus Budget on floodplains/wetlands
•Brief reports from Federal Agencies and other NFFA members/organizations in attendance
•Open discussion


1:00 - 5:00

$ TECHNICAL FIELD TOUR Flood Warning - Bus
Fee: $45

Ephemeral desert washes can become raging rivers very quickly. The nature of flash flooding in arid environments requires close coordination between monitoring, emergency management and emergency response. This field trip will focus on the nature of floodplains in the desert and how floodplain management and flood warning systems work together to support flood safety in both the rural and urban areas around Phoenix. On route to these desert floodplains, participants will learn about a variety of floodplain management techniques implemented to warn or remove people from harm’s way. Stops will include viewing repetitive loss properties, buy-out areas, flashing road warning signals, and a multi-use flood control facility. We will visit a flood warning / decision support center to see how emergency action planning and communications are handled. Participants will come away with a sense of why coordination among emergency managers, weather monitoring, and planned response are critical to the success of keeping people and property safe. Participants will spend time at the Flood Control District of Maricopa County building learning about the flood warning systems and interacting with the flood simulation models.

1:30 – 3:30

ASFPM Chapter Meeting

Chapters are encouraged to sponsor one chapter board member's attendance at the 2018 conference as their representative at this year's ASFPM Chapter Meeting. All chapter board members and committee chairs are invited to attend.  
1:30 – 3:00

TRACK 1: Modeling
TRACK 2: Mitigation
TRACK 4: Arid Regions 
TRACK 5: Dams & Levees 
TRACK 6: Risk Communication 
TRACK 7: Mapping
TRACK 8: Stormwater
TRACK 9: States Day

Concurrent Session E

E1: Innovations in Analyzing H&H

  • MATS-TC: Automating Time of Concentration Through Multidisciplinary Collaboration
  • Not Your Father's Manning's n: Adjusting Manning's n values for 2D Modeling
  • Structure-level Risk Assessment Using Monte Carlo Method Coupled with 2D Hydraulic Modeling

E2: Mitigation Techniques and Case Studies

  • Steps to Elevation - International Association of Structural Movers Flood Hazard Mitigation Program
  • Solving Repeated Flooding Problems One Structure at a Time
  • Repairing the Homes that “Weren’t Supposed to Flood”:  Flood-Hardy Restoration for Code Compliant Structures

E3: Flood Insurance: Policy and Process

  • The Office of the Flood Insurance Advocate (OFIA) 2017 Annual Report
  • Seriously, Why is My Flood Zone Determination Wrong!?  Answers from an Insider
  • Private vs. Federal Flood Insurance - What to Know.  What to Ask.

E4: Modeling and Mapping Re-delineations of Alluvial Fans

  • Re-delineation for Two Alluvial Fans in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona
  • Neffs Creek – Assessing the Flooding Hazards on an Urbanized Alluvial Fan
  • Desert Mountain Flood Modeling Showdown

E5: USACE & FEMA Working Together with Your Help to Address the Nation’s Levee Challenges

E6: GIS Tools, Data, and Floods

  • StreamStats: A Web-based Application for Retrieving Basin Characteristics and Streamflow Statistics (such as the 1-percent flood) for Gaged and Ungaged Streams
  • The Workmap Geoportal: A Tall Drink of Water in a Digital Desert
  • Using GIS to Increase Outreach and Data Accuracy for the Risk MAP Program currently in the State of Missouri

E7: Advances with Survey Data

  • Innovative Survey Solutions to Limited Survey Budgets
  • NAVD88 No More: A Modernized Vertical Datum for the Future
  • Knowledge (Data) is Power – Innovative Applications of Data to Increase Your Watershed Management Intelligence

E8: Stormwater Management Integration Case Studies

  • Resilient Mitigation Planning Leads to Jefferson Parish Green Infrastructure Implementation
  • Integrated Stormwater Planning for Flooding Resilience, Water Quality, and Community Values
  • Assessing Potential Opportunity Areas for Developing Stormwater Management Facilities in Suburban Cook County: Nothing Fancy, Just Meat-and-Potatoes GIS

E9: States Day: New State Floodplain Management Initiatives

  • Florida’s CRS/CAV Pilot Program – A Pathway to Flood Resiliency
  • Grid-Based Zone A BFEs: Now Streaming on a Portal Near You
  • The North Carolina Certified Floodplain Surveyor (CFS) Pilot Program
3:00 – 3:30

Break, Final Exhibits Viewing, FINAL Silent Auction Bids at 3:30pm! - Exhibit Hall

3:30 – 5:00

TRACK 1: Modeling 
TRACK 2: Mitigation
TRACK 4: Post Disaster
TRACK 5: Dams & Levees
TRACK 6: Risk Communications
TRACK 7: Mapping 
TRACK 8: Stormwater
TRACK 9: States Day

Concurrent Session F

F1: Reviewing and Understanding 2D Models for Local Officials

  • Empowering Floodplain Administrators on 2D Hydraulic Modeling using HEC-RAS Case Study
  • Who is Responsible for Checking Flood Models?
  • How to Review 2D Models and what to Sumbmit in Client Submittals

F2: FEMA Mitigation Grants: Process and Considerations

  • Lessons Learned from 2017 FMA and PDM Grant Reviews – Best Practices for Application Development
  • Lessons Learned: Mitigation Project Benefit-Cost Analyses in Riverside County, California
  • FEMA Mitigation and Disaster Grants – Facts, Myths and Legends

F3: FPM Tech

  • Advances in Drone (UAS) Technology for Floodplain Management Applications
  • Training Tomorrow's Disaster Mitigation and Flood Insurance Workforce with Virtual Reality Technology
  • Drones for Flood Insurance: Can't Keep My Drone From Getting to You

F4: Post Disaster Assistance Resource Initiatives

  • Peer to Peer Local Floodplain Administrator Imbedded Project for Hurricane Harvey
  • The NASA Earth Science Disasters Program: Sizing up Floods from Space
  • Mobile GIS for Disaster Response

F5: Dam and Levee Failure: Risk Communication and Planning

  • Have You Exercised Lately?
  • Evacuation Planning for Extreme Events:  Failure of the Cherry Creek Dam
  • FEMA Guidelines for Modeling and Mapping the Impact of Dams and Dam-Like Structures on FEMA Risk MAP Products

F6: Science Behind Communicating Risk

  • Major Risks, Uncertain Outcomes: Making Ensemble Forecasts Work for Multiple Audiences
  • Behavioral Science A-Z: Explore the Myriad Ingredients that Influence How We See the World and the Risks in It
  • Evolving Flood Risk—Community-Level Needs and Preferences for Depicting, Packaging, and Communicating Information for Adaptation

F7: Coastal Mapping- Future Conditions & Sea Level Rise

  • Summary of Accomplishments for FEMA Region IX Open Pacific Coast and Bay Area Coastal Studies 
  • Relating Future-Conditions Coastal Flood Hazards to Existing-Conditions FEMA Maps
  • Case Studies in the Paradox of Static Vertical Flood Datums

F8: Complex Stormwater Project Design

  • Use of Linear Lakes in Amenitizing Floodplain Reclamation for Communities
  • Green Infrastructure Resiliency and Computer Modeling
  • Hydromodification Design Solutions and Best Practices

F9: States Day: State Floodplain Management Policies and Projects

  • LOWER THAT LEVEE standard!– The Illinois Experience
  • Communicating Technical Information to Laymen: A Kentucky Perspective
  • Estimating the Economic Impact of Buyouts: Loss Avoidance Study for the City of Ottawa, Illinois
5:15 – 6:45

FEMA Town Hall Session - Ballroom

6:40 – 8:00

Foundation Donors Reception and Live Auction (invitation only)

6:45 –

Dinner on your own, evening is open

Enjoy Phoenix! 

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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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