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).
October Federal Update: The FEMA Proposed Rule for FFRMS and Update on WRDA
- Larry Larson, Senior Policy Advisor, Association of State Floodplain Managers
Improving the Quantity and Quality of Coastal Wetlands in the U.S. South Atlantic
- Kristine Cherry, Governors' South Atlantic Alliance (GSAA)
- Kim Matthews, RTI International
- Jason Doll, Moffatt & Nichol
The USFWS and NOAA report that coastal wetlands in the US are being lost at a rate six times faster than wetlands in the rest of the country. Impacts to coastal wetlands are a challenge for every level of government and governance, and while many regulatory authorities fall within the jurisdiction of national and state government agencies, there are knowledge gaps at the regional level in understanding trends and environmental, physical, and anthropogenic factors that impact wetlands. State, federal, and non-profit partners have come together through the Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance to address the regional-scale needs of coastal wetlands conservation efforts. The webinar will review the objectives and the approaches of three main components of the GSAA coastal wetlands program, and the progress to date from each
Project #1 Coastal Wetlands Monitoring
- Improve coordination of fragmented monitoring programs
- Improve comparability of monitoring programs
- Improve data awareness and information sharing
Project #2 Coastal Watershed Management
- Increase local capacity for development of watershed restoration plans
- Facilitate implementation of Coastal Water Quality BMPs
Project #3 Living Shorelines
- Develop a network of living shorelines practitioners in the Southeast
- Build awareness of the scope of living shorelines activities in the region
- Identify gaps in knowledge and capacity that, if filled, would expand the appropriate use of living shorelines
Kristine Cherry is the GSAA Coordinator and manages the operations and programmatic activities of the partnership in support of the states of NC, SC, GA, and FL. This role includes coordination of GSAA-funded projects, Technical Teams, and GSAA leadership, as well as outreach to stakeholders, sponsors, and collaborators. In previous appointments, Kristine supported regional collaboration efforts in NOAA, strategic planning for the Oklahoma Renewable Energy Council, and international stakeholder engagement with the biotechnology industry. She was a 2006 Knauss Marine Policy Fellow and holds an M.S. in marine biology from the College of Charleston and a B.S. in marine biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston.
Kim Matthews is a wetland scientist with 18 years of experience in watershed sciences, with particular expertise in wetland ecology, stream assessments, and stormwater management. Kim has Bachelors of Art in Biology from Wittenberg University and a Master of Science in Natural Resources Management from North Carolina State University. For the past 10 years, she has worked at RTI, International where she works with multidisciplinary teams of researchers, environmental scientists, modelers, and statisticians in coastal, estuarine, freshwater, and wetland research.
After growing up in one of the most remote areas of the northeastern North Carolina Coast, Jason Doll attended N.C. State University, where he studied Fisheries and Wildlife Science. After seven years with non-profit environmental groups, and six years as a water quality modeler with the North Carolina Division of Water Quality, he entered private consulting. Combined, Mr. Doll now has 22 years of experience in the areas of water quality assessment and modeling, watershed planning, and ecological restoration. He is currently a Senior Scientist and Project Manager with the engineering firm, Moffatt & Nichol, in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Webinar/conference call TBD
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