Future Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance (NFFA) Webinars/Conference Calls Schedule

The Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance (NFFA) is an affiliation of nonprofit and private organizations, government agencies and individuals dedicated to the protection and preservation of the natural functions of floodplains, including coastal areas. For a copy of the Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance mission statement, goals and objectives click here.

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The Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance (NFFA) is busy working on confirmation of webinar topics and presenters for 2016. Below you will find a draft list of future webinars to give you an idea of what we're working on. Topics and dates are subject to change.

NFFA will host bimonthly events that combine a conference call format with a webinar presentation (typically the 1st Tuesday of the month at 3pm ET).


November 2016


Comprehensive Local Planning and Programs: Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Approach

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
- 3:00 p.m.ET


Comprehensive planning and visioning for floodplains can only be done on the local level.  Many communities lack a vision or don’t know where to begin.  This webinar will demonstrate how Charlotte-Mecklenburg developed and implemented a local resilience vision, and created plans and programs to implement it over the past 20 years.  It takes a whole lot more than just funding to truly become more resilient.

This webinar should provide ideas and examples that can be implemented to varying degrees in any community.  Some of the topics in this webinar will include; community visions for managing flood risk that promote long term resilience, communities acceptable risk level, adapt to flood risk changes, incentivizing and implementing mitigation at the local level, making your mitigation planning more useful, communicating risk that will lead to actions, showing results.

In this webinar, you will learn how to:

  1. Find the key ingredients to flood resilience
  2. Gain political support
  3. Find ideas for local initiatives & funding
  4. Create Risk Reduction Plans
  5. Demonstrate results


Planners, Engineers, Floodplain Managers and other floodplain management professionals who wish to gain ideas on how to implements local programs that increase hazard resilience.


  • Tim Trautman, PE, CFM, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services, Engineering & Mitigation Program Manager


Tim Trautman is the Engineering & Mitigation Program Manager for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) in Charlotte, North Carolina and actively involved on national policy issues pertaining to floodplain management and resilience. Mr. Trautman has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Civil Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a Professional Engineer and Certified Floodplain Manager.

CMSWS Engineering and Mitigation Program is responsible for protecting life and property from flooding and restoring natural and beneficial floodplain functions.  They invest $10M annually in capital improvement projects for flood mitigation and water quality improvements. Program planning functions include detailed flood risk assessments and risk reduction actions, maintaining datasets associated with floodplain management, pursuing grant funding; implementing acquisitions of flood prone buildings, managing a local automated advanced flood notification system, enforcing floodplain ordinances, maintaining accurate floodplain maps, etc.  The program project management functions include planning, design, and construction of stream and floodplain restoration.

All registered participants will receive an electronic recording of this eLearning training opportunity!

For more information, please contact Jeanne Christie at .

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