Call for Abstracts
New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association
14th Annual Meeting
March 25-27, 2014 ~ Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel ~ Poughkeepsie, New York
This Call for Abstracts is your invitation to join a broad range of professionals from New York State and beyond to be part of a dialogue to address issues associated with floodplain and stormwater management. The presenters and attendees will include elected officials, scientists, engineers, surveyors, regulators, code officials, emergency managers, insurance agents, real estate professionals, conservationists, and vendors.
This year's program agenda will include:
- Workshops and plenary sessions on recent flood events and mitigation actions, flood insurance, levees, stormwater management, the National Flood Insurance Program, climate change, and sea level rise, and other topics of interest to attendees.
- In addition to planned sessions, your involvement is critical and we value diverse views. Please consider submitting one or more abstracts for our event. We will consider presentations related, but not limited to the following topics:
* Super Storm Sandy
* Hudson River Estuary
* Climate Change and Impacts
* Levee issues, including modeling, mapping, inspections, and policies
* Stormwater management for existing & new development, including green infrastructure
* Coastal floodplain mapping and flood protection
* Recent flood events: impacts, mitigation, recovery, challenges and success stories
* Flood risk communication and awareness
* Wetlands and streams, including flooding impacts, mitigation, and restoration
* Flood-resistant development
Anyone wishing to present is requested to submit (via email) a brief description of the proposed presentation (please use MSWord). Primary presenters for the plenary session will receive free registration to the Plenary (March 27, 2014). (Note: Only one free registration will be provided for each presentation). Presentations will generally be 20 minutes in length with time immediately afterward for questions.
We are also accepting applications to present workshops of between two and six hours for March 25 or 26. For either a plenary presentation or a workshop, please provide the name(s) of author(s), presentation title, and brief abstract. The lead presenter should provide a short bio, his/her title, place of employment, telephone number, and e-mail address.
Please E-Mail your proposed presentation description by Friday, December 1, 2013, to Jen MarcyatJennifer.Marcy@atkinsglobal.com. Jen can also be contacted at (716) 939-3553.
December 1, 2013: Abstracts are due via email.
December 16, 2013: Authors will be notified of acceptance.
February 3, 2014: Deadline for submission of PowerPoint presentations in order to allow for certification of Continuing Education Credits/Units from several organizations.
Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities:
Sponsors and Exhibitors are a very important part of our event.
Our sponsorship contact is:
Russell Houck, P.E.
Letter from NYSFSMA to Mark Blanke, PE, Assistant Director of NYSDOS Codes Division requesting that proposed revisions to Part 1208 of Title 19 NYCRR include requirements for Floodplain Management training.
H2O Partners: Video "Getting to Know Flood Reform".
Letter from NYSFSMA to Governor Cuomo asking for his support by vetoing the Amendments to the Hudson River Park Act that would allow additional development on piers, in near-shore waters, and along the shoreline of the Hudson River (between Battery Park and West 59th Street).
Click button below to see the letter:
August 12, 2013
New York State Division of Code Enforcement & Administration
Notice of Rule in Development
A rule currently in development would amend the provisions of Part 1208 of Title 19 NYCRR (“Part 1208”) which establishes the procedures for training applicable to code enforcement personnel who are charged with enforcement of the Uniform Code and/or Energy code.
The Department of State invites public participation in the rule development process.
The Department of State (DOS) is in the process of developing a rule which would amend provisions of Part 1208 of Title 19 NYCRR (“Part 1208”) which establishes the procedures for training applicable to code enforcement personnel who are charged with enforcement of the Uniform Code.
The new proposed rule (Part 1208) will combine, update and revise the current Part 434 and current Part 1208. The new Part 1208 will: establish basic training programs for individuals enforcing the Uniform Code and/or Energy Code, establish annual in-service training requirements and special “advanced” in-service training requirements for individuals, provide certification of individuals who complete the basic training program, require individuals to maintain their certification by satisfying the annual in-service training requirements and the special “advanced” in-service training requirements, allows for an inactive status and revocation of certifications, and provide approval and certification of training courses, instructors and adjunct instructors.
Part 1208 will introduce the concept of two levels of certifications: Building Safety Inspector and Code Enforcement Official. A Building Safety Inspector will be the equivalent to a “Code Compliance Technician” under Part 426 regulation. A Code Enforcement Official will be equivalent of a Code Enforcement Official under Part 434 regulation. Part 1208 will establish different training programs and different in-service training and advanced in-service training requirements for each level of certification.
In order to develop a regulation that best serves the interests of the code enforcement community, DCEA established a Code Enforcement Training Work Group. This proposal was developed with the assistance of the Code Enforcement Training Work Group. The group served as an advisor to staff in developing the draft regulation and rule making documents for the certification and training of code enforcement personnel. The participants in the work group include representatives from:
- New York State Building Officials Conference
- New York State Association of Fire Chiefs
- New York State Association of Fire Districts
- New York State Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association
- Firemen’s Association of the State of New York
- Municipal Code Enforcement
- Municipal Fire Departments
A draft rule is available by clicking here. NOTE: The draft rule has not yet been proposed or adopted, and the requirements for Code Enforcement personnel have not yet been amended in the manner described above.
DOS invites all interested parties, particularly those representing small businesses, local governments, and public or private interests in rural areas, to participate in the rule development process. Interested parties are invited to submit comments on the draft rule. If you have suggestions on how the draft rule could be improved, suggested alternatives to the draft rule that DOS could consider, or any other comments on the draft rule, please contact Mark Blanke, PE, Assistant Director for Code Development, by mail at New York State Department of State Division of Administration and Enforcement, 99 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12231-0001; by telephone at (518)-474-4073; or by e mail at Mark.Blanke @dos.ny.gov
NOTE: The draft rule has not yet been proposed or adopted, and the requirements for code enforcement personnel have not yet been amended in the manner described above.
The long awaited and highly anticipated No Adverse Impact (NAI) How-To Guides are hot off the presses!
After two years in the making (one in planning and one in implementation) the first two NAI How-To Guides are available on the ASFPM website. The intent of these How to Guides it to expand on the knowledge base within the original No Adverse Impact Toolkit and to provide specific tools for incorporating NAI floodplain management into local regulations, ordinances, requirements, design, standards and practices.
Mitigation and Infrastructure are the first two (of eight - the seven original building blocks and legal) NAI building blocks to be published into How-To Guides. Each How to Guide features an introduction and background on NAI, five of the many NAI level tools that can be utilized under the particular building block being featured (Mitigation and Infrastructure), and a War Stories section of what worked, and in some cases, what didn't. There is tons more useful information within each of the two How to Guides, but I don't want to spoil the surprise. Go online and check them out for yourself!
The Guides ultimate goal is to have communities take a different approach - a NAI based approach - to managing all development in the community that can contribute to an increased flood risk and incorporate the NAI concept into all ongoing local community activities. These Guides identify just a few of the many ways a community can accomplish lessening flood risk within their community now and working toward reducing flood risk in the future.
The NAI How-To Guides can be found at:
Many thanks go out to our contractors on the How to Guides - Michael Baker (project leads - George Riedel, Carver Struve and Benj Korson) for the Mitigation How to Guide and URS (Heidi Carlin as project lead) for the Infrastructure How-To Guide. Additional thanks go out to Drew Whitehair as the ASFPM project lead, the NAI Committee Co-Chairs, Christy Miller and Terri Turner, Deb Mills who served as the Overall Technical Editor for the Mitigation How To Guide, and to the many authors and subject matter experts that contributed to the success of these Guides.
575 D'Onofrio Dr. Ste. 200
Madison, WI 53719
August 6, 2013
FEMA's Response to NYSFSMA Letter of 01/28/2013 Regarding Implementation of B-W Reform
Click button to view letter
Pre-Disaster Mitigation Assistance (PMA) & Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)
Pre-Disaster Mitigation Assistance (PMA) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) are annual FEMA grants that are not dependent upon disaster declarations. Applications will be accepted state-wide.
The application period for Flood Mitigation Assistance and Pre-Disaster Mitigation is open. The websites for these programs have been updated.
FEMA has posted the Fiscal Year 2013 Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Unified Guidance, on the website. This Guidance covers both grant programs as well as the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
The application periods for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) programs opened on July 19, 2013. The application period will close on October 18, 2013.
The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW12) directed FEMA to consolidate flood programs into one program eliminating the Repetitive Flood Claims and Severe Repetitive Loss programs. The consolidated Flood Mitigation Assistance program includes mitigation of severe repetitive loss properties and repetitive loss properties.
Please contact your State Hazard Mitigation Officer for additional information on Pre-Disaster Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Assistance and deadlines for applying. Visit http://www.dhses.ny.gov/ for details.
Information is available at:
Flood Mitigation Assistance http://www.fema.gov/flood-mitigation-assistance-program
FY2013 Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMA) Funding Opportunity Announcement
Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program http://www.fema.gov/pre-disaster-mitigation-grant-program
FY2013 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program (PDM) Funding Opportunity Announcement
Important Recent Letters on behalf of NYSFSMA (July 16, 2013)
"Each year the budget process results in discontinuation of additional gages in the USGS system due to "inadequate funding." Other gages are rescued at the last minute by short-term funding strategies. Information from these gages is critical for public safety. And the operating costs are small compared to the financial and safety benefits they provide. We ask that Congress provide increased funding support for operation and expansion of this river gaging system."
Read the actual letters by clicking on the buttons below:
NY RISING - RECOVERY RESOURCE CENTER
NYS Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Servcies
May 9, 2013
NYS has announced the creation of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to help disaster survivors from Sandy, Irene & Lee in their recovery.
The program offers grants to individuals and small businesses. Please see program info below from the administrating agency, NYS Homes and Community Renewal. Please note: CDBG grants for NYC boroughs will be administered separately by NYC.
Please share this information with other Long Term Recovery groups or other groups that continue to assist with recovery from these devastating storm events.
The newly launched Recovery Resource site has a direct link to the application for both homeowners and business owners. In addition, the site has fact sheets on our housing and small business programs and the recently announced Community Reconstruction program, along with other storm recovery information.
RECOVERY HOTLINE: Available 7 days a week, the Recovery Hotline is a one stop source for anyone with questions about these programs as well as other disaster related inquiries such as insurance, etc.
Please direct interested parties to call 1-855-NYS-SANDY, weekdays from 8AM-8PM and weekends from 10AM-5PM.
FACT SHEETS: The following are all the fact sheets related to the CDBG-DR programs. They include the following:
These facts sheets are also currently available online at nysandyhelp.ny.gov.
Please share this information with those who might be interested. And encourage anyone in need to complete an application today by visiting www.nysandyhelp.ny.gov.
And please check that site regularly for new information and updates.
ASFPM Recommendations on 2012 NFIP Reform Flood Insurance Affordability Issues
ASFPM Testimony to House on FEMA Funding
Outside Witness Testimony from ASFPM
Submitted to Subcommittee on Homeland Security; House Committee on Appropriations;
Regarding FEMA Budget Request for Fscal Year 2014
Hurricane Sandy: NYS Resources
Governor Cuomo's Hurricane Sandy Resource Website
This home in East Rockaway, Nassau County, NY, was
constructed prior to Sandy. It is compliant with all floodplain
and building codes and the lowest floor is two feet above the
Base Flood Elevation. While neighboring homes suffered
significant damage, Sandy caused very little damage here, as
seen in this post - Sandy photo.