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Current Projects and On-Going Programs

Improving Coastal Community Resiliency through the NFIP's Community Rating System

ASFPM has partnered with the Coastal States Organization on a National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Grant. The overall goal of the two-year project is to increase the number of communities making voluntary, effective measures to increase coastal resiliency by taking advantage of the window of opportunity that has been created by NFIP Reform (BW-12) legislation, and the need for communities to take steps to make flood insurance affordable. This project intends to do so by promoting CRS participation, providing guidance on activities that increase a community's rating and working directly with communities to increase their resiliency through the CRS process.

By taking this approach, we believe that 1) we can get more communities to participate in the CRS and 2) those that are participating will increase their scores by having a road map to undertake activities that strengthen the natural ecosystems and reduce growing vulnerability to floods, which increases community resilience. The success of this approach is that property owners save money by undertaking resiliency initiatives while simultaneously strengthening floodplain ecosystems.

ASFPM, Coastal States Organization, Digital Coast Partnership and several Sea Grant programs will produce or support the development of comprehensive how-to guides that include specific steps, success stories and best practices. The how-to guides will be developed through surveys, interviews and local workshops conducted in Ohio and Rhode Island. Once the guide is completed, the project partners will conduct 11 webinars in each of the Sandy-affected states to create awareness and support implementation efforts as appropriate. The webinars will also extend the reach of the project to a national audience with the simple goal of sharing the approach, but larger potential to create region specific approaches around the country.

Coastal No Adverse Impact Workshops

ASFPM developed a Coastal No Adverse Impact Handbook (funded by NOAA) and materials for one-day Coastal No Adverse Impact workshop. 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 has become a core component of the workshops. The CNAI workshops have also provided opportunities to partner with organizations with similar interests. ASFPM worked with the Southeast Watershed Forum to put on the workshop in Apalachicola, Florida and The Nature Conservancy participated in the CNAI workshops held in Pensacola, Florida and Long Island, New York. Since the CNAI handbook was completed in 2006, ASFPM has conducted numerous one-day workshops, including incorporating CNAI content into Post Hurricane Sandy Legal Workshops.

NAI Workshops

  • Chicago, IL - Urban Flood Management through No Adverse Impact and Green Infrastructure - July 8, 2015
  • Hammond, IN - Coastal No Adverse Impact Approach Workshop - June 25, 2015
  • Milwaukee, WI - Great Lakes Community Resilience & Legal Issues - Aug. 19, 2014
  • Bellport, NY & Lido Beach, NY - Hurricane Sandy Legal Workshop - Sept. 26-27, 2013
  • Freehold, NJ & Tuckerton, NJ - Hurricane Sandy Legal Workshop - April 15-16, 2013
  • Lincoln, RI - Hurricane Sandy Legal Workshop - March 15, 2013
  • Washington D.C. - Organization of American States - Sept. 8, 2010
  • Galveston, TX - Restore America's Estuaries 5th Annual Conference - Nov. 13, 2010
  • St. Petersburg, FL - Nov. 13, 2010
  • Orlando, FL - ASFPM's 33rd Annual Conference - June 7, 2009
  • Cedar Key, FL - May 28, 2009
  • New Orleans, LA - ASFPM's National Floodproofing Conference - Nov. 18, 2008
  • Monmouth University, NJ - May 1, 2008
  • Stony Brook University, NY - April 30, 2008
  • Pensacola, FL - Jan. 16, 2008
  • Ocean Springs, MS - July 19, 2007
  • Spanish Fort, AL - July 18, 2007
  • Norfolk, VA - ASFPM's 31st Annual Conference - June 3, 2007
  • New Orleans, LA - Gulf Coast Recovery: Mission Mitigation - April 9, 2007
  • Easton, MD - Sept. 27, 2006
  • Albuquerque, NM - June 16, 2006

NOAA Digital Coast Partnership

ASFPM in partnership with the NOAA Coastal Service Center and seven other NGO organizations help guide the development of the Digital Coast website - a single web resource for coastal data, tools and training. The partnership helps ensure content is relevant; shapes the future of the Digital Coast; represents a national, unified approach for the coast; contributes to a movement to protect coastal communities; enables a wider distribution of data, tools and information; increases product exposure and use; provides opportunities to work with other organizations; and reduces duplication of effort.

The partnership includes The Nature Conservancy, Coastal States Organization, National Association of Counties, National State Geographic Information Council, Urban Land Institute, National Estuarine Research Reserve Association and American Planning Association. Involvement in this partnership has spawned several other funded projects, the most significant being the Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide - a Digital Coast regional project led by ASFPM and NOAA CSC. Read more about the Digital Coast Partners.

NOAA Coastal Fellowship Program

ASFPM together with The Nature Conservancy have received funding for a two-year Coastal Fellow position. ASFPM and TNC are serving as co-mentors for the Fellow on a project titled "Resilient Communities: Integrating Watershed and Coastal Environments in support of Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation Solutions."

Floodplain Management Training (Mentoring)

ASFPM has developed a standard process to support state floodplain management programs in long-range strategic planning and annual work plan development. The effort was piloted in Kentucky and has since included Kansas and Texas.

L-273: Managing Floodplain Development through the NFIP

ASFPM has been funded by FEMA to manage the field deployment of this course. We developed a cadre of instructors to support states interested in providing this training in their state.

Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide

ASFPM and NOAA's Coastal Service Center are leading the Digital Coast Partnership in working with coastal communities on the Great Lakes to improve community resiliency through the comprehensive planning and management within coastal watersheds. This project is entering its third year and has three major outcomes: 1) development of case studies and process-driven solutions and strategies delivered through a web-based guide titled "Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide"; 2) planning and delivery of a local workshop for presenting and evaluating the Planning Guide; and finally, 3) development of a long-term regional training and outreach strategy for the Great Lakes. Partners include the Digital Coast Partnership of NOAA, APA, CSO, TNC, NACo, NSGIC, ULI and NERRA along with the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute and University of Wisconsin Extension.

Great Lakes Coastal Flood Study

FEMA is updating the Great Lakes Coastal Methodology and will be revising the Flood Insurance Rate Maps for the Great Lakes coastline. FEMA has asked Alan Lulloff (ASFPM's Science Services Program Manager) to serve on the Executive Committee and provide outreach for this project. ASFPM hosts and maintains a website for the Great Lakes Coastal Flood Study at The project will enhance ASFPM's understanding of coastal hazards analysis and mapping and will help ensure state and local governments are informed and involved throughout the mapping process.

FEMA Risk MAP Support

FEMA is developing a high-water mark awareness initiative to help communities document their local history of flooding. The HWMs and flood inundation maps support Risk MAP in two ways: (1) as valuable data useful for calibrating floodplain engineering models used to generate flood hazard mapping and (2) by providing additional flood awareness and hazard identification data to support Risk MAP products such as the Flood Risk Database, Flood Risk Report and Flood Risk Map. One of the limitations associated with HWMs and historic flood inundation maps is that the frequency of the associated events is unknown. This project would evaluate ways to establish flood frequencies associated with floods documented.

CTP Support

FEMA requested ASFPM to develop a CTP support group in conjunction with NAFSMA. The project involves surveying CTPs to document level of effort, type of activities be conducted, document needs and provide training.

Ecosystems Services in Flood Risk Assessment

ASFPM is partnering with Earth Economics in a McKnight Foundation funded effort that focuses on ways to incorporate floodplain natural and beneficial functions in FEMA Risk MAP activities. The project would involve promoting natural capital projects as part of the inventory of mitigation actions and test the inclusion of ecosystems values in the FEMA cost benefit analysis.

NAI How-to Guides (Internal)

In furtherance of ASFPM's No Adverse Impact (NAI) initiative, the association is developing a series of NAI "How-to" Guides. These guides will be developed for each of the building blocks in the No Adverse Impact: A Toolkit for Common Sense Floodplain Management and include: 1) Mitigation (completed in 2013); 2) Infrastructure (completed in 2013); 3) Planning (completed in 2015); 4) Education and Outreach (completed in 2015); 5) Hazard Identification and Mapping (2015-2016); 6) Regulations and Development Standards (2015-2016); 7) Emergency Services (2015-2016); 8) Legal (2015-2016)

Bluff Stability and Erosion Analysis

Wisconsin Coastal Management Program has funded ASFPM and Emeritus Professor David Mickelson UW Madison to conduct a bluff stability analysis. FEMA's Great Lakes Coastal Flood Study is developing new models and maps on the Lake Michigan shoreline in order to better define the extent of potential coastal flooding. Their study will not in any detail consider the other major hazard along the shoreline bluff erosion and retreat. This study will complement the FEMA study and provide a predictive ability of the bluff shorelines, especially those most prone to erosion.

Floodplain Conservation as a Flood Mitigation Strategy: Examining Costs and Benefits

ASFPM was invited by Resources for the Future to consult on this study that will evaluate how local governments can utilize floodplain conservation as a flood damage reduction strategy. This study is evaluating one such investment for a greenway along the Meramec River in St. Louis County, Missouri.

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