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Floodwall Protection at Lourdes Hospital
Binghamton, NY 


Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events



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   
Managing Floodplain Development through the NFIP
Restricted Enrollment
March 23-27, 2015

State Preparedness Training Center
Oriskany, NY
Click Here for Details and Registration Information

NYSFSMA 15th Annual Meeting
April 27th-29th, 2015
at the Double Tree Hotel, Syracuse

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.


Meeting Program:

This year’s program agenda will include:

Workshops and plenary sessions on recent flood events, response and recovery, and hazard mitigation; levees; stormwater management; the National Flood Insurance Program; and other topics of interest to attendees.

In addition to planned sessions, please consider submitting one or more abstracts for the plenary or breakout sessions on April 29. We will consider presentations related, but not limited to the following topics:


Post Flood Recovery and Rebuilding

Climate Change, its Impacts and Adaptation

Great Lakes issues

Levee issues (including modeling, mapping, inspections, policies)

Stormwater management for existing and 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

Flood modeling techniques

Partnerships in outreach and training

Risk MAP Program

Regional Climate and Hydrology

Post Disaster Response, Recovery and Mitigation

Hazard Mitigation Success Stories


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 and breakout sessions will receive free registration for the day of the presentation (April 29, 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 April 27 or 28.


For either a plenary/breakout 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. Email your proposed presentation description by Friday, December 12, 2014, to Jen Marcy at Jen can also be contacted at (716) 939-3553.



December 14, 2014 Abstracts are due via email - *EXTENDED TO 1/5/2015)

January 30, 2015 Authors will be notified of acceptance

March 1, 2015 For Workshops only: deadline for submission of agenda and presentation files 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. For more information, a Sponsorship and Exhibitor Information Form and Exhibitor agreement are forthcoming. Our sponsorship contact is:

Russell Houck, P.E., CFM

(315) 448-8059

For a Printable Copy of this Request for Abstract, please click:2015 NYSFSMA Conference Call for Abstracts

For a Printable Copy of the Sponsorship and Exhibit form, please click:2015 NYSFSMA Exhibitor & Sponsor Form

Autumn 2014 Newsletter Released! 
Please click button to view the:

NYSERDA Climate Adaptation solicitation released--PON 2941

As advisors and/or collaborators on our programs and projects, I wanted to let you all know that our new climate adaptation solicitation has been released: PON 2941 Climate Change Adaptation Research and Strategies. You can find more information and all the documents at


Please feel free to forward the link to anyone you might think would be interested.


--Amanda D. Stevens, NYSERDA


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




    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