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White House Water Summit live today includes ASFPM partnership.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

White House Water Summit to Include ASFPM Partnership to Promote Nature's Role in Reducing Flood Risk

Washington, DC, March 22 - A partnership project between the Association of State Floodplain Managers, The Nature Conservancy, American Planning Association, National Association of Counties and Sasaki Partners to help communities determine the role nature can play in reducing flood risk will be among the projects highlighted during a White House Water Summit today. The Water Summit recognizes meaningful grassroots and civic action of more than 150 organizations in conjunction with World Water Day. The event is designed to raise awareness of water issues and potential solutions in the United States, and to catalyze ideas and actions to help build a sustainable and secure water future through innovative science and technology.

In February, the partners responded to President Obama's call for commitments and projects to build a more sustainable water future. In their submission to the White House, the partners committed to, "Develop a free, publicly-available online siting guide that communities can use to identify a suite of potential nature-based solutions to flooding challenges. The guide will serve as a helpful tool to support municipalities in investing in natural systems and nature-based solutions to address their flooding challenges."

Nate Woiwode, who serves as the risk reduction project manager for The Nature Conservancy, said he is pleased that the efforts undertaken by the partners to incorporate natural solutions to help reduce flood risk for communities have earned the attention of the White House.

"Average flood losses in the U.S. have increased steadily to nearly $10 billion annually, and the National Flood Insurance Program is $24 billion in debt," Woiwode said. "Something must change. In the past, we have overlooked the role that nature itself can play alongside manmade structures like seawalls or dams and levees. And, at the same time, natural solutions can provide a host of other benefits, like improved water quality and enhanced wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities. Communities have choices in how they prepare for and respond to river flooding or coastal storm surges and we want to help them understand what those choices are and how they can benefit them."

Woiwode added that the appeal of this project is the collaboration of the partners involved and the varied interests they represent and the expertise they bring to the table.

The White House Water Summit will be streamed live March 22, beginning at 9 a.m. EST, at www.whitehouse.gov/live.






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