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This blog is about NJAFM News and Announcements. Posts can only be made by NJAFM Administrators, however comments to the posts can be made by all registered members. If you have an announcement that you would like posted to this blog, send the request to secretary@njafm.org. This blog is viewable by the public.

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  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018 3:02 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    This full-day program will highlight existing climate change adaptation planning and implementation efforts in our region. Representatives from government agencies, businesses, and NGOs working in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic coastal settings will discuss their experiences adapting to sea level rise and increased storm intensity and frequency. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how to manage uncertainty, remain flexible, and activate stakeholders to help build a resilient future.  For further information go to:  02212018Coastal-ResiliencyConference.pdf

  • Wednesday, December 06, 2017 4:06 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    ASFPM & partners want to hear from elected officials, community planners, floodplain and emergency managers, and others involved in coastal management.

    The Association of State Floodplain Managers is currently working to strengthen coastal community resilience through the development of a web-based coastal management training guide and an in-person training program for coastal counties in partnership with the National Association of Counties, Coastal States Organization and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office for Coastal Management.


    The first step in this process is a survey that seeks to determine what coastal management strategies communities are employing, and how local elected officials and professional staff communicate regarding coastal management issues. The survey will only take a few minutes to complete, and is targeted toward elected officials, community planners, floodplain and emergency managers, and others involved in coastal management. 


    The information you provide will allow us to better identify resources and support communities with improving community resilience nationwide. The outcomes of this project will influence development of the Strengthening Coastal Communities Resilience program, from the online guide to the in-person workshops.


    We ask that you please complete the survey (www.naco.org/CoastalCommunitiesSurvey) to the best of your ability to help us compile as comprehensive an inventory as possible. Thank you in advance for your participation.


    Best,

    Jeff Stone

    Senior Project Manager, ASFPM Flood Science Center


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  • Friday, November 17, 2017 6:38 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

     The U.S Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) New York District (District), in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), will be preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementing regulations for the Peckman River Basin Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study.

     As part of the EIS development, the District and the NJDEP will be holding a NEPA Scoping Meeting to solicit input on issues and impacts to be addressed in an EIS.

    The purpose of the NEPA Scoping Meeting is to provide an opportunity for the public and agencies to comment on the scope of the environmental analysis in the EIS and to raise issues, concerns and ideas regarding potential impacts. In addition, the District requests any information on natural resources including plants, animals and aquatic habitats.

     The NEPA Scoping Meeting will be held on 29 November 2017 at the Little Falls Civic Center, 19 Warren Street, Little Falls, NJ 07424.

     The meeting agenda is as follows: 


    7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Informational Poster Board Session and Information Exchange 
    7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Formal Informational Presentation 
    8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Informational Poster Board Session and Information Exchange

     

    Alternatives that will be discussed at the NEPA Scoping Meeting and will be analyzed in the EIS are as follows:

    1. No Action Plan
    2. Alternative 9: Diversion Culvert plus Levee/Floodwall upstream of Rte. 46
    3. Alternative 10b: Diversion Culvert plus Nonstructural Flood Risk Management Measures within the 10-yr Floodplain upstream of Rte. 46.

     


  • Friday, October 13, 2017 9:33 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    On November 17 the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership is joining with NOAA to co-host a day-long workshop: “Introducing Green Infrastructure for Resilience”. This workshop is designed for planners, engineers and municipal leaders who are not yet familiar with GI for resilience (coastal and inland plain). It is also designed for community teams (Mayors, Council Members, Environmental Commissioners, Green Team members) looking to  interact with experts to talk through resilience concepts for their towns.

    The workshop is timed to coincide with the 5th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. We see this as an opportune moment to reflect on successes in implementing GI thus far, as well as to frame challenges, solutions and opportunities for future GI interventions.

    Participation will be capped at 50. Continuing education credits are available for planners (6 credits) and floodplain managers (5 credits).

    With thanks to the Middlesex County Office of Planning the workshop will be held at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville, NJ. The workshop will run from 8:30-4 on Friday November 17. $35 includes materials and lunch.

    For more information contact Heather Fenyk: #908.349.0281

    To register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/workshop-green-infrastructure-for-coastal-resilience-with-noaa-registration-38405611217

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 12:12 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    A Conference hosted by New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance.  Conference will take place on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Coach Barn at Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ.  Conference details and registration at:  njcaa2017.weebly.com                         


  • Friday, June 02, 2017 10:59 AM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    This Iselin, New Jersey workshop begins Monday afternoon with half-day technical workshops followed by an evening reception. Tuesday and Thursday feature plenary sessions, mini-workshops and break-out concurrent sessions offering detailed presentations on engineered mitigation and floodproofing projects, policy, grant funding, natural and beneficial uses including stream restoration, mitigation planning and outreach. In keeping with tradition, all attendees are invited to participate in our Wednesday technical tours to see these techniques being applied in the field. Exhibitors will showcase their state-of-the-art materials, services, equipment, accessories and techniques early in the week at ASFPM’s first ever “Cracker Barrel” Tuesday evening. Plenty of time is planned for attendees to exchange ideas and view the exhibits, so opportunities to network will be ample. You don't want to miss this event!  For further information on registration, hotel reservation and sponsorship can be found here.

  • Monday, May 08, 2017 5:26 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    This National Flood Insurance Program Review Course is a free, no-cost training for New Jersey municipal, county, and state officials, as well as the general public, looking to expand their knowledge of floodplain management and obtain their Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) certification.  This course was developed and sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Bureau of Dam Safety and Flood Control. The NJDEP will also pay for local officials exam costs!

    This course closely follows the FEMA 480 National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Floodplain Management Requirements: Study Guide and Desk Reference for Local Officials (February 2005).  The course duration is a month and features both in-person instruction and online self-paced instruction.  The Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) exam will be offered on the last day.  This course will be held in each of New Jersey’s 21 counties throughout 2017 and 2018.  Pre-registration will be required through NJAFM’s website http://www.njafm.org/ prior to the start of the course.  Although this course is open to the general public, priority will be given to government officials when registering.

    Although the CFM Exam will be administered at the end of this course, this course is not approved or supported by the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) and is not a CFM Review Course.   Participants are expected to have working knowledge and experience in floodplain management and familiarize themselves with the full suite of related floodplain management documents listed on ASFPM's website, https://www.floods.org/index.asp?menuID=215&firstlevelmenuID=180&siteID=1

    Please register for the county you work in or a nearby county!  The training will be rolled to all counties by February of 2019!   For more information regarding the course go to:  http://www.njafm.org/cfm


  • Monday, May 08, 2017 4:53 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    Emile DeVito, Manager of Science and Stewardship for the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, and RRWA Vice President, will lead you on a trip through Watchung Reservation to talk about forest ecology and biodiversity. Biodiversity is defined as the number, variety and variability of all living organisms on Earth. Emile will talk about how natural and human activities affect the condition of various ecosystems and the types and amounts of animal and plant species found in them. Emile’s unusual style and vast knowledge of our local area and fauna always makes for an entertaining event.   For more information and registration go to:  http://www.rahwayriver.org/calendar/biodiversity.pdf

  • Monday, May 08, 2017 4:40 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    The 2017 CRS Coordinator’s Manual (Expiration date March 31, 2020) has been approved in accordance with requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act.  The Manual is available for download at www.FEMA.gov by searching for CRS Coordinators Manual in the search box and at www.CRSresources.org/manual.  The 2017 CRS Coordinator’s Manual will be implemented by FEMA immediately. As always, changes will not take effect for any community until that community’s next cycle verification visit.

    Changes from previous editions of the Coordinator’s Manual will be marked with vertical bars in the margins of the pages of the 2017 Coordinator’s Manual. Most changes are clarification and improvements. The changes have been presented in issues of NFIP/CRS Update newsletters, beginning with the September/October 2016 issue.  Back issues are available atwww.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program-community-rating-system.

    The CRS Webinars series for 2017 will include training courses on the new items in the 2017 CRS Coordinator’s Manual and other topics to assist communities. Visit www.CRSresources.org/training  to see webinar dates and to register.

    CRSresources.org will also have the community certification forms and other resources that pertain to the 2017 Coordinator’s Manual. Other resources are being updated.

    If you have questions regarding the 2017 CRS Coordinator’s Manual, or trouble downloading the file, please contact your ISO/CRS Specialist.


  • Thursday, April 27, 2017 4:03 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    Many communities struggle with how to prepare for hazards. It can be difficult to talk about our vulnerability to hazards and it can be even more difficult to keep people engaged and motivated to take action to be better prepared. This training provides insights into how and why people respond to risk and will help you develop new skills to better connect with a variety of audiences. Understanding and connecting with an audience’s diverse values and concerns can lead to a higher level of community engagement and can help motivate action to reduce risk.

    Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve and the New Jersey Coastal Management Program are partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management to offer this training June 15, 2017 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) at the Jacques Cousteau Coastal Center, 130 Great Bay Blvd., Tuckerton, NJ. 08087.  Further information and registration can be found here.




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