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  • A Strategy to Reduce the Risks and Impacts of Dams on Floodplains- Completed July 2013. Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. State and local floodplain managers (ASFPM members and others) need to better understand how dams affect floodplains and floodplain management. The final report includes an analysis of the relationship of dams to the floodplain and recommendations on how to better integrate dams into floodplain management and flood … Continued
  • Access to the Authoritative Flood Model- Completed March 2019. Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. The flood models associated with flood studies are valuable data needed for managing development in the SFHA. ASFPM is aware of a number of entities that provide access to flood models. ASFPM documented state and local authorities who provide access to flood engineering models and evaluated the … Continued
  • Best Practices & Case Studies Compendium- Completed 2017. Funding: ASFPM Foundation. Best practice case studies are an effective tool to promote higher standards in floodplain management and are a routine component of ASFPM projects. The project involved indexing and electronically archiving case studies and best practices. By making these case studies more usable and accessible, it is more likely that other … Continued
  • Bluff Stability and Erosion Analysis- Completed 2016. Funding: Wisconsin Coastal Management Program. Erosion poses a significant risk to development along coasts, and unstable bluffs can be particularly problematic. The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program funded ASFPM and Emeritus Professor David Mickelson–UW Madison for a second, one- year period to conduct a bluff stability analysis on the high bluffs on the Great … Continued
  • Building Community Resilience through Integrated Risk Modeling- Completed 2017. Funding: Department of Housing and Urban Development. Partners: AECOM, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management, American Planning Association and National Association of Counties. FSC worked with AECOM through HUD funding in partnership with NOAA OCM, APA and NACo to explore strategies to more effectively integrate mitigation planning into the larger … Continued
  • Coastal No Adverse Impact Workshops- Funding: Varied. ASFPM developed a Coastal No Adverse Impact Handbook (funded by NOAA) and materials for one-day Coastal No Adverse Impact workshops. In addition to requests from ASFPM chapters, these workshops have been well received by NOAA's National Estuarine Research Reserves. NERRs have funded five of the workshops and developed a hands-on mapping exercise that … Continued
  • CRS Green Guide: Improving Coastal Resiliency Through Community Engagement- Completed 2017. Funding: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Partner: Coastal States Organization. ASFPM partnered with the Coastal States Organization on a National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Grant related to the CRS program. The overall goal of the project was to increase the number of communities making voluntary, effective measures to increase … Continued
  • Economic Assessment of Green Infrastructure Report- Completed July 2014. Funding: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Partners: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Eastern Research Group. ASFPM’s Flood Science Center staff supported NOAA and Eastern Research Group in conducting a study to assess the economic benefits of green infrastructure as a method of reducing the negative effects of flooding in Duluth, MN and … Continued
  • Ecosystems Services in Flood Risk Assessment- Completed 2015. Funding: McKnight Foundation. Partner: Earth Economics. ASFPM worked with Earth Economics in a McKnight Foundation funded effort that focused on ways to incorporate floodplain natural and beneficial functions into FEMA flood risk mitigation activities. The project involved promoting natural capital projects as part of the inventory of mitigation actions and tested the inclusion … Continued
  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of the FEMA Regulatory Floodway: Original Intent vs. Present Practice- Completed June 2019. Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. ASFPM reviewed the current guidelines and policies associated with floodway mapping and managing development in mapped floodways to evaluate whether these procedures support efforts to responsibly manage development within the most hazardous part of the floodplain (i.e. with the fastest and deepest floodwaters). This report documents any … Continued
  • FEMA EMI HAZUS/GIS Course for Floodplain Managers (E176)- Completed April 2012. Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. Partner: POLIS Center. ASFPM in conjunction with the POLIS Center in Indianapolis, IN assisted FEMA in the development of an Emergency Management Institute approved training course titled - HAZUS and GIS Applications for Floodplain Managers. The course is intended to meet the training needs of floodplain managers … Continued
  • Floodplain Conservation as a Flood Mitigation Strategy: Examining Costs and Benefits- Completed 2016. Funding: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Partner: Resources for the Future. ASFPM was invited by Resources for the Future to consult on this study to evaluate how local governments can utilize floodplain conservation as a flood damage reduction strategy. This study evaluated one such investment for a greenway along the Meramec River in … Continued
  • Floodplain Management 2016: Local Programs Survey Report- Completed 2016. Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. This was the inaugural report on the state of local floodplain management programs throughout the nation. For more than 20 years ASFPM has produced data at the state level focused on state programs, authorities and activities. However, the knowledge of local floodplain management programs was limited and viewed … Continued
  • Floodplain Management Professionals Survey of Flood Insurance Successes & Concerns- Completed 2018. Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. To identify concerns and successes in implementing the NFIP, floodplain management or similar professions were canvassed about their professional experience in floodplain management. This canvass was conducted using a digital questionnaire and developed in conjunction with the OFIA’s staff. The questionnaire was designed to gather information on three … Continued
  • Floodplain Management: State Programs Update 2017- Completed February 2018. Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. Partner: Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado. ASFPM last updated the State Floodplain Management Programs report in 2010. This project is updating the status of state level floodplain management in the United States as of 2017. In partnership with the University of Colorado’s Natural Hazards … Continued
  • Floodway Encroachment Standard: Minimizing Cumulative Adverse Impact- Completed June 2013. Funding: ASFPM. This report reviews the origin, use and establishment of regulatory floodways and provides an assessment of the impact of encroachments based upon allowing a 1-foot increase in flood elevations during the regulatory flood. The assessment evaluated impacts on the physical characteristics of the floodway (floodway width, water velocity and area … Continued
  • Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide- Completed 2017. Funding: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Partner: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management. ASFPM and NOAA Office for Coastal Management lead the Digital Coast Partnership in working with coastal communities on the Great Lakes to improve community resilience through the comprehensive planning and management within coastal watersheds. The major outcome of … Continued
  • Integrating NAI and the Community, Health and Resource Management (CHARM) Tools and Training Platform- Completed 2018. Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. Partners: Texas Community Watershed Partnership and Florida Floodplain Management Association. ASFPM and the Texas Community Watershed Partnership at Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Service worked together to integrate their CHARM scenario planning platform (www.communitycharm.org) with ASFPM’s NAI approach. The project team, with help from the Florida Floodplain Management … Continued
  • K-12 Education for Floodplain Management Gap Assessment- Completed 2017. Funding: ASFPM Foundation. This project researched the state of current K-12 flood education nationally and identified and compiled a catalog of education programs, guidance and materials. Additionally, an evaluation of potential flood education gaps was conducted looking at the current practices, programs and materials. The gap evaluation results provide some specific focus areas … Continued
  • Managing Coastal Hazard Risks On Wisconsin’s Dynamic Great Lakes Shoreline- Completed 2016. Funding: Wisconsin Coastal Management Program. Coastal hazards have been a Great Lakes concern since high lake levels caused significant damage to coastal properties in the 1950s, the 1970s and again in the 1980s. During that period the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program funded projects to assess the coastal hazards on Lake Michigan and published … Continued
  • NAI How-to Guides- Funding: ASFPM and ASFPM Foundation. In furtherance of ASFPM’s No Adverse Impact initiative, the association has developed a series of NAI How-to Guides for each of the building blocks in the No Adverse Impact: A Toolkit for Common Sense Floodplain Management. They include: Mitigation (completed in 2013) Infrastructure (completed in 2013) Planning (completed in 2015) … Continued
  • National Flood Mitigation & Floodproofing Workshop- Completed 2017. Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. The workshop was held Aug. 14-17, 2017 in New Jersey and provided information on implementation of flood hazard mitigation actions that support the NFIP. The workshop presented up-to-date information on current mitigation techniques in the following categories: regulatory, planning, structural protection through retrofitting, floodproofing, etc. and risk communications … Continued
  • Natural Defenses in Action- Completed 2016. Funding: Allied World Assurance Company. Partner: National Wildlife Federation. The National Wildlife Federation requested ASFPM assist in developing a set of climate change adaptation case studies to highlight ecological approaches to natural hazard risk reduction. Natural Defenses in Action highlights the important role natural and nature-based approaches can play in reducing the mounting … Continued
  • Naturally Resilient Communities- Completed 2017. Funding: Kresge Foundation. Partners: The Nature Conservancy, American Planning Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, National Association of Counties and Sasaki Associates. Communities today are facing more challenges than ever before. From weather-related disasters and public health crises to needs for economic development, the demands on our communities’ limited resources are growing. This … Continued
  • NOAA Digital Coast Fellow 2012-2014- Completed September 2014. Funding: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Partner: The Nature Conservancy. ASFPM and The Nature Conservancy received funding for a two-year coastal fellow position. For the ASFPM component of the project, a framework was developed to guide county planners and conservationists through the process of prioritizing locations for potential, multi-beneficial wetland restoration to … Continued
  • NOAA Digital Coast Fellow 2016-2018- Completed March 2019. Funding: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and ASFPM Foundation. Partner: Coastal States Organization. With funding from NOAA and the ASPM Foundation, ASFPM partnered with the Coastal States Organization to integrate and update guides to help coastal communities, including ASFPM’s Coastal No Adverse Impact Handbook (2007) and the Foundation’s Holistic Coasts report (2013), … Continued
  • Social Vulnerability & Urban Flood Modeling- Completed 2018. Funding: Argosy Foundation. One of the main goals of this Argosy Foundation funded research was to understand how socioeconomic conditions and social vulnerability could be included in local flood risk management and planning in urban areas. ASFPM, through its No Adverse Impact initiative, advocates for comprehensive flood risk planning and management, which includes … Continued
  • Strategies to Establish Flood Frequencies Associated with Flood Event High Water Marks- Completed 2014. Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. Observed high water marks that document historic flood events can be valuable data to reduce the uncertainty associated with predicted flood elevations and inundation areas on the extensive portions of the nation's streams that do not have streamgages. These HWMs are an extremely valuable complement to the nation's … Continued
  • Subdivision Design in Flood Hazard Areas- Completed 2016. Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. Partner: American Planning Association. ASFPM was invited to partner with the American Planning Association in a project funded by FEMA to update APA’s 1997 publication, Subdivision Design in Flood Hazard Areas (PAS Report No. 473, 1997). The new PAS Report was broadened from the strict subdivision approach used … Continued

 

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