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Floodwall Protection at Lourdes Hospital
Binghamton, NY 


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Founded in 2000, NYSFSMA brings together New York State professionals to foster awareness, information exchange and cooperation in the floodplain and stormwater management fields.


 The New York State
Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association:

 Promotes floodplain and stormwater management as a means of reducing flood damage and protecting, restoring and enhancing water quality;
Enhances cooperation between various related private, local, state and federal agencies;
Encourages and ensures effective, new and innovative approaches to managing NYS floodplain and stormwater systems. 
Recent News   

New Jersey CFM Training - September 16th & 17th

NJ Assoc for Floodplain Management CFM Training
Click button for Information and to Register

FEMA Floodplain Management Training

Multiple sessions are being offered at the following locations and times:

Monday, September 15th

Act 250 Conference Room

111 West St, Essex Junction, VT

8am-12pm – Coastal Construction

1-5pm – Floodplain Management

Tuesday, September 16th

St Albans Free Library

11 Maiden Lane, St Albans, VT

8am-12pm – Coastal Construction


Winooski Conference Room

1 National Life Drive – Main 2, Montpelier, VT

12-4pm – Intro to CRS and CRS

Quick Check

Wednesday, September 17th

Welcome Center

3 Railroad Ave, Windsor, VT

8am-12pm – Floodplain Management

Classes are free of charge but space is limited. To sign up please contact Morgaine Bell at the Vermont Rivers Program: 802-490-6195 or


Intro to Community Rating System (CRS)

This short session is designed for local officials interested in learning more about the Community Rating System (CRS).  CRS recognizes community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP standards. Besides the benefit of reduced insurance rates, CRS floodplain management activities enhance public safety, reduce damages to property and infrastructure, avoid economic disruption and losses, and protect the environment. More information about CRS is available online at:


CRS Quick Check

The Community Rating System (CRS) Quick Check is a new tool developed to help communities join the CRS.

The objective of the CRS Quick Check is to show that the community is doing enough floodplain management activities above and beyond the minimum requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program to warrant 500 credit points, enough to be a CRS Class 9 or better. This workshop is designed to assist communities that are interested in applying for CRS by discussing the more common activities that CRS communities receive credit for and what documentation would be needed to support the credited points. The Quick Check is available online at:  Please bring your completed checklist and/or questions to this class.


Intro to Floodplain Management (NFIP 101)

This introductory course is designed to provide an organized training opportunity for local officials responsible for administering their local floodplain management ordinance. The course will focus on the NFIP and concepts of floodplain management, maps and studies, ordinance administration, and the relationship between floodplain management and flood insurance. The FEMA Elevation Certificate (EC) and Map Service Center (MSC) website will also be discussed briefly during the course.


Intro to Coastal Residential Construction

This intense workshop is intended to give attendees an overview of the contents of FEMA’s Coastal Construction Manual and to provide information on how to ensure one- to four-family residential buildings in coastal areas are properly sited, designed, constructed, and maintained. This course is a compressed version of the E386 Residential Coastal Construction held over 4 days at EMI yearly.  In addition, staff of the VT Watershed Management Division’s Lakes and Ponds Program will be providing information about how these coastal construction techniques may overlap with the new Vermont Shoreland Permit Program.

See flyer at  FEMA Training VT

Better Late than Never...
2014 NYSFSMA Conference Photo's
Are you a Member Yet? If not, Consider Joining Us!

2014 NYSFSMA Conference Photo's 

Who Uses Stream Gauge Data?
By Janet Thigpen, CFM 
Flood Mitigation Specialist 
Southern Tier Central Regional Planning & Development Board 
Presentation at “Stream Gauges ~ Follow the Flow” Congressional Briefings 
on May 2, 2014 (hosted by the US Geological Survey) 
Who Uses Stream Gauge Data?

How Recent Legislative Changes Affect Flood Insurance - FEMA Overview

  • 04/15/2014
  • Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 - FEMA Overview


  • 10/15/2013

    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.  


    FEMA's Risk Map has released an Information Sheet on Beach Nourishment and Dune Construction.

    The document can be found here:  FEMA Risk Map Beach Nourishment & Dune Construction Fact Sheet

  • 10/2013

    H2O Partners: Video "Getting to Know Flood Reform".

    The video can be accessed here: H2O 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:

    Amendments to the Hudson River Park Act—A.8031S.5824    


    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

    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.



    NAI How-To Guides

    August 9, 2013 

    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.  
    For questions or comments please contact ASFPM Science Services at


    575 D'Onofrio Dr. Ste. 200 

    Madison, WI 53719
    P: 608-828-3000


     August 6, 2013

    FEMA's Response to NYSFSMA Letter of 01/28/2013 Regarding Implementation of B-W Reform

    Click button to view letter

     August 2013  

    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 for details.

    Information is available at:

    Flood Mitigation Assistance

    FY2013 Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMA) Funding Opportunity Announcement

    Pre-Disaster Mitigation 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: 

    Letter to Senator Schumer RE: Thank You for Support for 2014 Funding Streamgaging Network


    Letter to Senator Gillibrand RE: Support for 2014 Funding USGS Streamgaging Network



    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

    Please share this information with those who might be interested.  And encourage anyone in need to complete an application today by visiting

    And please check that site regularly for new information and updates.



    Letter from NYSFSMA to Governor Cuomo asking for his support by vetoing the Amendments to 

    Georgica Beach Restoration (East Hampton, NY)
    after being damaged in Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. 


    Stormwater Management: Hash Pond
    Suffolk County, NY