ASWM Publications

Legal Issues in Upgrading Flood Maps to Reflect Climate Change, Other Changed Conditions, by Jon Kusler, Association of State Wetland Managers, April 2016

Definition of Wetland, Floodplain, Riparian “Functions” and “Values”, by Jon Kusler, Association of State Wetland Managers, April 2016

Flood Risk in the Courts: Reducing Government Liability While Encouraging Government Responsibility by Jon Kusler, Esq., Association of State Floodplain Managers Foundation, October 2011

Assessing the Natural and Beneficial Functions of Floodplains: Issues and Approaches; Future Directions by Jon A. Kusler, Association of State Wetland Managers, Inc., October 2011


Other Resources/Publications

Why We Continue to Develop Floodplains: Examining the Disincentives for Conservation in Federal Policy, by Zachary Christin, Earth Economics and Michael Kline, VT Department of Environmental Conservation, 2017

Shifting the Paradigm for the 21st Century: Protecting and Restoring the Natural Resources and Functions of Floodplains, by John McShane, March 2014

Holistic Coasts: A Summary Report based on the 4th Assembly of the Gilbert F. White 2013 National Flood Policy Forum, December 2013

Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MitFLG) Charter, October 2013

House of Representatives letter to Craig Fugate signed by 27 House members about the “unintended consequences” of flood reform (rate increases), July 1, 2013

Recent GAO report on flood insurance “FLOOD INSURANCE: More Information Needed on Subsidized Properties”, July 3, 2013  

FEMA releases their new levee mapping approach “Analysis and Mapping Procedures for Non-Accredited Levee Systems:  New Approach”, July 2013

Background documents on LAMP, July 2013

Restoring and Protecting Floodplains: State Policy Options, by Larry Morandi, August 2012

On the Anniversary of Irene: Untold Stories of What Went Right(Video)

The Connecticut River Watershed Council and The Conservation Law Foundation have joined together to step back to look at why Otter Creek in Rutland leapt up as Irene struck, increasing in flow by nearly 20 times in the space of a little more than a day, while downstream in Middlebury the river rose much more gradually, and more safely. The film is narrated by Gov. Howard Dean,click here. For more information, click here.

Preserving and Restoring Floodplain Natural Functions: Informing Assessment and Policy Efforts was held on October 19–20, 2011 at the Pew Charitable Trust Building, Washington D.C. To view agenda with PowerPoint presentations, click here.

2009 Illinois Interagency Levee Work Group Policy White Paper “Reducing Flood Risk in Leveed Areas and Drainage Districts”, Draft 3/18/2009

A Comparative Look At Public Liability for Flood Hazard Mitigation, by Jon A. Kusler, Esq., Association of State Floodplain Managers Foundation, February 2009

No Adverse Impact and the Courts: Protecting the Property Rights of All, by Jon A. Kusler, Esq. and Edward A. Thomas, Esq., Association of State Floodplain Managers Foundation, November 2007Professional Liability for Construction in Flood Hazard Areas
by Jon Kusler, Esq., Association of State Floodplain Managers Foundation, May 14, 2007