Conference Call

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 – 3:00 p.m. EST

An Introduction to the Marsh Adaptation Strategy Tool (MAST)

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 – 3:00 p.m. EST

Introduction Jeanne Christie, Executive Director, ASWM

Presenter – Dr. Samuel Merrill, GEI Consultants, Inc.

PowerPoint presentation is available here.
Abstract: Dr. Merrill will describe the Marsh Adaptation Strategy Tool (MAST) and show results from several case studies. The main principle behind the software is that as dry parcels become inundated by rising sea levels, some will convert to wetlands and may create a range of monetary and non-monetary ecosystem services. With results from online Delphi surveys where local participants assign values to candidate parcels, MAST then uses depth-benefit functions reflecting how these services will change over time on each candidate parcel, and through topographic analysis calculates cumulative benefits over time. The benefits can then be compared between parcels to help identify the best option for acquisition, restoration, or development.
Dr. Merrill has extensive experience with local community needs, managed landscapes, and sensitive natural resources, and is a recognized leader in next generation approaches to benefit-cost analysis for climate adaptation purposes. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles and over 60 agency technical reports, and has received many awards for his work – including in 2000 a military medal for distinguished public service, the highest honorary award presented by to private citizens by the US Department of Defense; an Environmental Merit Award from the US EPA in 2014; and most recently a 2015 Visionary Award from the Gulf of Maine Council. He has been the principal force behind development of the COAST approach to benefit-cost analysis for sea level rise and storm surge and its implementation in numerous coastal adaptation planning efforts.
 
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Presenter: Dr. Samuel Merrill, GEI Consultants, Inc.

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Conference Call

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Stream-Wetland Restoration

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 3:00 p.m. ET

Introduction Marla Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM and Jeanne Christie, ASWM

Presenters Will Harman, Owner, Stream Mechanics and Matt Daniels, Principal Engineer/Project Manager, River Design Group, Inc.

PowerPoint presentation is available here.

Abstract: Determining Functional Lift of Stream/Wetland Restoration Projects

Will Harman, PG, Stream Mechanics

As compensatory stream mitigation increases, a recognized need for debit/credit determination methods for stream/wetland combinations is also increasing. Most mitigation guidelines account for wetland and stream debits/credits separately. However, Interagency Review Teams and practitioners realize that there is value in restoring valley corridors that support riverine and wetland functions together. This presentation will illustrate how the Stream Functions Pyramid Framework can be used as one tool for describing functional lift of stream/wetland complexes. Case studies will be provided to show metrics and performance standards for showing functional lift, along with lessons learned from implementing these types of projects.

Abstract: Use of an Ecosystem-based Approach for Stream and Wetland Restoration

Matt Daniels, P.E., River Design Group, Inc.

The need for stream and wetland restoration projects in the western U.S., in particular the Northern Rockies and Columbia River Basin, is often driven by different mitigation objectives than those in the eastern U.S. The effects of large hydropower dams, extensive mining in headwater streams and grazing of riparian floodplains have altered migration corridors and aquatic habitat used by native fish populations, thus contributing to the listing of several threatened and endangered fish species. Extensive research has been undertaken to improve our understanding of these species life history needs and the ecosystems in which they exist. This presentation will describe some of the restoration challenges that are unique to the western U.S in the context of addressing stream and wetland mitigation. Example projects will be used to illustrate the use of an ecosystem-based restoration approach and to highlight some of the lessons learned.

Mr. Harman is the founder of Stream Mechanics and Ecosystem Planning and Restoration. In the course of his 24-year career, he has participated in hundreds of stream restoration projects, representing a wide variety of settings and techniques. He has authored or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and proceeding papers, and developed the Stream Functions Pyramid. Mr. Harman teaches stream restoration workshops to federal, state, and local agencies, universities, and private engineering firms. Prior to working in the private sector, Mr. Harman was on the faculty at NC State University, where he co-founded and led the NC Stream Restoration Program. Mr. Harman’s combination of academic and private-sector experience provide a unique skill set for teaching stream restoration principles and applications.

Mr. Harman has a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Appalachian State University. He is a licensed Geologist in North Carolina.

Matt Daniels, P.E. is a principal and founding shareholder of River Design Group, Inc. In over 20 years of experience as a civil engineer, he has participated in the planning, design and implementation of over 70 water resources projects in Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. His expertise includes project planning, technical support and construction oversight for large-scale, ecosystem restoration projects. Matt frequently speaks at design symposiums and conferences on the subjects of river restoration, fish passage and project case studies. He is a licensed professional engineer in seven western states. Outside of work, Matt enjoys mountain biking, fishing, skiing, and playing hockey.

Part 1: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM and Jeanne Christie, ASWM
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Part 6: Presenters: Matt Daniels, P.E., River Design Group and Will Harman, PG, Stream Mechanics; Moderator: Jeanne Christie, ASWM - Recommendations
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Moderator: Jeanne Christie, ASWM - Recommendations

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Part 4: Presenter: Matt Daniels, P.E., River Design Group
Part 5: Presenter: Matt Daniels, P.E., River Design Group
Part 6: Presenters: Matt Daniels, P.E., River Design Group and Will Harman, PG, Stream Mechanics; Moderator: Jeanne Christie, ASWM - Recommendations
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Conference Call

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Managing Water Where It Falls: Green Infrastructure in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Introduction – Marla Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM
Presenter – Kevin L. Shafer, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), Executive Director
PowerPoint Presentation available here.
Abstract: Rainfall patterns are changing. Population and land use are changing. To keep up with this change, urban water management must adapt. Water can no longer only be managed by building bigger pipes and treatment facilities. Urban water management must evolve to an approach of managing water where it falls and consider the entire drainage area regardless of political boundaries. Green infrastructure provides an approach for managing water in our urban headwaters. Milwaukee, Wisconsin started using these approaches in 2002 and is integrating these efforts into the infrastructure fabric of the region.

Kevin Shafer became executive director at the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) in 2002. As executive director, he is responsible for the overall management, administration, leadership and direction for MMSD. Under his leadership, MMSD instituted a regional stormwater runoff rule and has been a leader for innovative ways to manage stormwater runoff. His regional leadership was recognized through the District’s receipt of the 2012 U.S. Water Prize, awarded by the U.S. Water Alliance.

Prior to joining the District, Shafer spent 10 years in private industry and six years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Worth, Texas. He is a past president of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. Currently, Kevin is Chair of the Water Environment Research Foundation and as the Chair of the U.S. Water Alliance’s Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Council.

Shafer received a bachelor’s degree in science and civil engineering with a specialty in water resources from the University of Illinois and a master’s in civil engineering from the University of Texas. In 2007, Shafer the Kodak American Greenways award for MMSD’s pioneering Greenseams® Program. In 2012, he was recognized by the University of Wisconsin’s LaFollette School of Public Affairs with the Lloyd D. Gladfelter Award, honoring his career of innovations aimed at implementing green infrastructure. In 2013, he was awarded the Daniel H. Burnham Visionary Award. In 2014, he was honored by the Public Policy Forum with the Norman N. Gill Award for Individual Excellence.

 
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Presenter: Kevin L. Shafer, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD)

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ASFPM Annual National Conference in Atlanta, GA

May 31-June 5, 2015

NFFA Meeting: 4:00 p.m.–5:30p.m., Wednesday, June 3rd

(Note: there will not be a June webinar or conference call – this is an opportunity for NFFA members to meet in person at the ASFPM conference.)

Agenda
Standing Agenda Items Update:
  • ASWM Update (Jeanne Christie)
  • NFFA Updates (Dave Fowler)
  • ASFPM Updates (Dave Fowler)
  • Federal Agencies Updates (Dependent on Attendance)
  • Other Updates
Topics for Discussion: 
  • Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MitFLG) update, including Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (Maria Honeycutt)
  • Final Clean Water Rule (Clarifying conflicting Clean Water Act court jurisdiction definitions)
  • Administration’s Climate Change Initiative (Sam Medlock)
  • Floodplain Functions in Economic Analysis - Recent FEMA Mitigation pilot program experience, and 2013-2014 U.S. case studies 
  • Post-Hurricanes Sandy, Irene, and Missouri/Mississippi River and Colorado Flood Recoveries - Lessons and Initiatives in Managing and Restoring Natural Floodplain Functions 
  • Other Items as Time Allows

Square Peg, Round Hole –Maximizing Conservation in a Flood-Insurance Construct 

Tuesday, May 5 – 3:00 p.m. EDT  

  

Introduction – Marla Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM

Presenter – Bonnie Shorin, NOAA

PowerPoint Presentation available here.

Bonnie Shorin, NOAAAbstract: West Coast conservation issues are salmon centric. As 26 species of west coast salmon are endangered or threatened by the risk of extinction, NMFS is continually engaged in Section Seven consultations with sister federal agencies, reviewing effects of their actions on these species and their habitat. NMFS’ review of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program has been complex at every turn, but the outcome has been consistent: the current program is degrading critical habitat, and making species recovery more unlikely. NMFS’ challenge is to offer viable program changes to FEMA– called Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives – to reduce the NFIP’s impact on natural and beneficial functions of floodplains.

Bonnie Shorin has been with the National Marine Fisheries Service for 15 years. She is a Program Analyst with the agency, holding the position of Recovery Coordinator for Lake Ozette Sockeye. She was a principle author on the Effects of the National Flood Insurance Program on Puget Sound Species, an assistant in the consultation on the Effects of the National Flood Insurance Program on Listed Species in the State of Oregon, and played a key role in developing, negotiating, and finalizing the Reasonable and Prudent Alternative for that consultation. She came to NMFS after 11 years with the Washington State Department of Ecology, where she worked on shoreline, coastal zone, and clean water act, and floodplain management issues. She received her BA in Sociology and Environmental Studies from Whitman College, and her JD from University of Oregon School of Law, with certificates in Natural Resource Law, and Ocean and Coastal Law.
 

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Conference Call

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 – 3:00 p.m. EST 

EPA Adaptation Workbook: Lessons Learned in San Juan Bay, Puerto Rico

Tuesday, March 3 – 3:00 p.m. EST

Introduction Marla Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM

Presenter – Michael Craghan, Climate Ready Estuaries Program, U.S. EPA

PowerPoint Presentation available here.

Abstract: EPA’s Climate Ready Estuaries published "Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans" to provide much needed guidance for conducting risk-based climate change vulnerability assessments and developing adaptation action plans. The workbook helps users identify, analyze and prioritize climate change risks. It then guides them to address their most pressing risks and find appropriate responses. Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present. By using the workbook users will be ready to protect environmental resources, public safety, and infrastructure.

Michael Craghan, Ph.D. coordinates the Climate Ready Estuaries program at US EPA. He has worked on hazard mitigation, sea level rise and coastal management in academia, as an appointee to local environmental boards, as president of a non-profit watershed association, at FEMA and now at EPA.
 

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Conference Call

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 – 3:00 p.m. EST


Rooftops to Rivers: Lessons Learned from Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Successful Floodplain Management Program

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 3:00 p.m. ET

  

Introduction – Marla Stelk, Policy Analyst,  ASWM

Rooftops to Rivers: Lessons Learned from Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Successful Floodplain Management Program – Ronald D. Flanagan, CFM & Principal Planner, R.D. Flanagan & Associates, LLC

PowerPoint Presentation available here.

Abstract: Tulsa, Oklahoma’s history is rife with stories of devastating floods, starting as far back as the early 1900’s. Due to the hard work, dedication and ingenuity of several key players, Tulsa now has an innovative floodplain management program that can be used as a model for other communities struggling with similar issues. Ronald Flanagan, CFM and Principal Planner of Flanagan & Associates, was and continues to be a leader in these efforts. Mr. Flanagan will share the story of Tulsa’s flooding history and the development of their floodplain management program and will share insights and lessons learned from his more than 35 years of experience.

Ronald D. Flanagan, CFM is the Principal Planner of Flanagan & Associates, LLC, a land-use planning consulting firm based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The firm, founded in 1969, has specialized in urban floodplain and stormwater management since 1973, and natural and man-made Hazard Mitigation since 1980. Mr. Flanagan has always been a leader in innovative planning and management concepts. He was the lead planning consultant after the devastating 1984 and 1986 floods in Tulsa; the City of Louisville, Kentucky, 1996 flood; and has Hazard Mitigation consultant to the City of Tulsa’s Storm Drainage and Hazard Mitigation Advisory Board since 1990. He was the planner for Tulsa’s first master drainage plan, Vensel Creek, completed in 1976, and he has been a consultant to Tulsa’s national award winning stormwater management program for over 35 years. Mr. Flanagan is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), and is Past-President and Vice Chair of the Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association (OFMA), and served as Editor of the OFMA monthly newsletter.  

Part 1: Introduction: Marla, Stelk, Policy Analyst,ASWM
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Presenter: Ronald D. Flanagan, CFM & Principal Planner, R.D. Flanagan & Associates, LLC

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Part 2: Presenter: Ronald D. Flanagan, CFM & Principal Planner, R.D. Flanagan & Associates, LLC

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