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  • Friday, April 08, 2011 2:13 PM | Craig Wenger (Administrator)

    SAME New Jersey Post

    Regional Contracting Opportunities 2011

    Thursday 28 April 2011 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Community Center
    , 2705 East Arnold Avenue, McGuire AFB

    Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ



    Sponsorship opportunities still available – consider sponsoring the event even if you can’t attend.


    Speakers include:

    • ·        LTC Catherine Roberts-Lassiter, LG – Commander/Director of Contracting, MICC U.S. Army Reserves

    Center, Ft. Dix

    • ·        COL John Boulé – Commander & District Engineer, USACE New York District
    • ·        Lidjia Erazo, Deputy Contracting Officer & SADBU – McGuire AFB
    • ·        LTC Michael Lyons, Director of Construction & Facility Management -- NJ Dept of Military & Veterans


    • ·        Michael Scarano, Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management – USACE

    Afghanistan District

    • ·        John Sclesky, Base Engineer – Dover AFB
    • ·        J.L Contreras LCDR, CEC, USN - Public Works Officer, Naval Weapons Station Earle           

    The following firms have generously sponsored this event:







    Ensign Engineering, P.C.

    Enviroscapes, Inc.




    Hatch Mott MacDonald

    Homeland Security Construction Corp.


    Kennon Surveying Services, Inc.

    KS Engineers, P.C.


    Promatech, Inc.

    PS&S Global, LLC

    Ram Tech Systems, Inc

    Sevenson Environmental Services, Inc.

    SPG Solar

    The Louis Berger Group, Inc

    TTI Environmental, Inc.

    VJ Associates

  • Friday, April 01, 2011 1:41 PM | Craig Wenger (Administrator)

    FEMA recently announced that they are changing their mapping approach of “without levee” analysis. This change is due to the political pressure from Congress asking that FEMA discontinue the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) use of “without levee” analysis when the levee structure does not meet the regulatory requirements for accreditation and an affected community objects to such analysis in favor of more precise methods of flood modeling.


    FEMA has now included this topic as an important consideration in their ongoing NFIP Reform efforts, while exploring short-term resolutions.  In addition, FEMA will replace the “without levee” modeling approach with a suite of methodologies that are technically sound, credible, and cost-effective.


    FEMA recently produced two publications dealing with FEMA’s approach and treatment of levees.  These FEMA publications can be downloaded from the ASFPM website at

  • Friday, March 18, 2011 11:52 AM | Craig Wenger (Administrator)
    For details Click HERE 
  • Friday, March 18, 2011 11:42 AM | Craig Wenger (Administrator)
    Check out the letter HERE 
  • Friday, February 18, 2011 9:46 AM | Craig Wenger (Administrator)
    For the full Resolution click HERE 
  • Friday, February 11, 2011 11:16 AM | Craig Wenger (Administrator)


    Feb. 10, 2011

    Contact: Lawrence Ragonese   (609) 292-2994

                   Lawrence Hajna         (609) 984-1795


    (11/P16) TRENTON -- A comprehensive plan to deal with floods in the Passaic River Basin was unveiled today by Governor Christie's Passaic River Flood Advisory Commission, targeting steps to reduce flooding, minimize the impacts of floods, better prepare for the periodic flooding and improve efforts to help flood victims.

    It is the culmination of an eight-month effort by the Advisory Commission, as directed by Governor Christie through Executive Order 23, to consider the causes and impacts of flooding, and to come up with potential long- and short-term remedies to help minimize a problem that has long impacted many towns, communities and residents of Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties.

    "This is a positive step forward, with a realistic plan aimed at dealing with an issue that has long plagued so many residents of Passaic, Morris and Bergen counties, who need relief from the constant worry of having their lives and livelihoods disrupted by flooding,'' said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin, who also chairs the Flood Commission.

    The 15-point package of recommendations includes enhanced efforts to buy flood-prone properties, elevate homes in flood areas, improve the operation of the Pompton Lake floodgates, increase river de-snagging and shoal dredging efforts, create larger flood water storage areas, steer future development away from flood zones, create better water flow in Passaic Basin rivers, and directs the DEP to expedite permits for county and municipal projects aimed at eliminating or reducing flooding.

    "There is no 'silver bullet' that can stop flooding in the Passaic River Basin. We cannot change the course that nature has set for this heavily developed region. Dealing with this issue will be a long-term effort,'' said Commissioner Martin. "But we have created a package of small and large solutions to mitigate flood damage that affects the lives of so many of Passaic River Basin residents each year. And we are committed to moving forward with these recommendations, starting immediately, to help relieve people's anxiety, worry and the costs of repeatedly cleaning up.''

    The Advisory Commission's comprehensive plan recommends:

    1) Expanding and expediting floodway buyouts, with State Blue Acres funds and FEMA funds.

    2) Encouraging home elevation projects in flood prone areas if acquisition is not an option.

    3) Buying undeveloped land for use as flood storage areas.

    4) Improving operation of the Pompton Lakes dam floodgates.

    5) Initiating de-snagging and shoal dredging efforts to facilitate improved river flows.

    6) Removing feeder dams to offer flood relief to Pompton Lakes, Wayne and Pequannock.

    7) State adoption of National Flood Insurance Program regulations to ensure state rules are consistent with local flood control ordinances, and eliminating the risk that FEMA could suspend its flood insurance program in New Jersey.

    8) Expediting the DEP's permit process to let towns more quickly obtain permits to de-snag and remove river debris, repair retaining walls and remove shoals.

    9) Improving effectiveness and efficiency of county and local emergency response plans.

    10) Enhancing the Passaic River flood warning system.

    11) Contracting with the National Weather Service to create inundation maps to provide critical information to enable quicker flood projections and greater storm preparedness.

    12) Enhancing public involvement, information and outreach on flood issues.

    13) Requesting a re-evaluation by the Army Corps of Engineers of the larger potential major engineering projects for long-term flood damage reduction.

    14) Updating floodplain mapping to eliminate decades-old maps that do not include detailed modeling of floodplains.

    15) Having towns in the Passaic River Basin pursue flood risk reduction changes to their master plans, zoning ordinances and  flood prevention ordinances, to guide future development away from floodplains or prevent future development in these high risk flood-prone areas.

    The cost of implementing these recommendations varies significantly. But there is money available to at least begin all 15 points.

    The DEP currently has $31 million dedicated to Blue Acres acquisitions statewide, with much of that money earmarked for Passaic River Basin properties. The Blue Acres program buys properties that are vulnerable to flooding and storms to get people out of harm's way. The DEP is currently processing applications for 23 Blue Acres purchases of properties in floodprone areas of the Passaic River Basin, as part of an ongoing effort to target such properties, with an additional 54 Basin properties pending FEMA


    "The collaborative efforts of local, state, and federal agencies were paramount in developing the comprehensive plan to mitigate flooding in the Passaic River Basin, said State Police Superintendent Rick Fuentes, who is a member of the Flood Commission.  "The goal of the commission was to produce a plan that seeks to provide temporary as well as some long-term relief for the municipalities affected by the periodic flooding that occurs in that area.''

    The Passaic River watershed is about 935 square miles, with 84 percent located in New Jersey and the remainder in New York State. The Passaic River has seven major tributaries: the Whippany, Rockaway, Pompton, Pequannock, Wanaque, Ramapo, and Saddle rivers.

    Governor Christie in April, 2010, signed an executive order creating the Passaic River Flood Commission in the aftermath of severe flooding during multiple March, 2010 storms that buffeted the river basin, prompting evacuation of homes and business, and causing extensive property damage. The goal of the Commission was to develop and recommend solutions to minimize the impact of chronic flooding problems that have long plagued the basin.

    In addition to Commissioner Martin and Superintendent Fuentes, Flood Commission members include; Assemblyman Scott Rumana; Robert Steven Prezant, Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at Montclair State University; John Miller, a professional engineer and certified floodplain manager from Lambertville; Pompton Lakes Mayor Kathleen Cole, and Little Falls Mayor Mike Defrancisci.

    The Commission's complete plan, with a more detailed accounting of the recommendations, can be viewed at:

    For more information of the Passaic River Flood Advisory Commission, visit:

  • Wednesday, February 09, 2011 2:53 PM | Craig Wenger (Administrator)

    American Rivers presents a webcast on climate change adaptation planning that provides an in-depth look at recently released adaptation frameworks from Maryland and Oregon. The webcast will examine how Maryland and Oregon plan to reduce vulnerability to climate change in a budget constrained environment. The states will discuss how they developed their adaptation plans and how they are prioritizing strategies for implementation.

    Representatives from state agencies directly involved in these planning processes will highlight key elements from their states' adaptation planning frameworks, discuss lessons learned in the process, and examine the challenges that lay ahead in implementing the recommendations.

    This event will build on recent EPA webcasts that have focused on the process of identifying climate change vulnerabilities and beginning planning efforts. In this event, we will move beyond a focus on process to examine the most cost effective and flexible management practices and policy changes for building resilience over the long term. Following the presentations, there will be a discussion of how lessons from ongoing adaptation planning efforts can lead to more effective responses to climate change in the future. The webcast will focus on the needs of state and local government employees with an interest in climate adaptation planning.


    State Adaptation Planning: Overview

    Andrew Fahlund, Senior Vice President for Conservation, American Rivers

    Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Vulnerability to Climate Change Zoë Johnson, Program Manager for Climate Change Policy, Office for a Sustainable Future, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

    The Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework Jeff Weber, Coastal Conservation Coordinator, Oregon Coastal Management Program

    Q&A and Discussion

  • Wednesday, January 19, 2011 11:34 AM | Craig Wenger (Administrator)

    The Coastal County Snapshots tool provides local officials with a quick look at a county’s demographics, infrastructure, and environment within the flood zone. A map and pull-down menus let users pick the county of interest, and a report is provided for download that can be saved or printed.

    The easy-to-use format makes the Coastal County Snapshots a great learning and communications tool for local officials and their constituents.


  • Wednesday, January 19, 2011 11:30 AM | Craig Wenger (Administrator)

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