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  • Tuesday, December 27, 2011 1:02 PM | Anonymous

    Ever wonder what the differences are between FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and storm surge maps published through Hurricane Evacuation Studies (HESs)? The Maryland Silver Jackets Team, in a collaborative effort with FEMA, USACE, and NOAA, have developed a white paper that discusses the differences between these map products and how they can be used.

    The paper is aimed at local, state, and federal government staff who work with one or both types of maps. Note that while the paper is somewhat specific to work being done within FEMA Region III, the description of the differences between the two products is relevant broadly to the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

    Please direct questions about this white paper to:
    Christopher Penney
    US Army Corps of Engineers
    Baltimore District- Planning Division
    410-962-2941 Fax: 410-962-2948

  • Friday, December 16, 2011 11:43 AM | Anonymous

    FEMA's Request for Comments on Levee Mapping Procedures
    Deadline: January 30, 2012

    FEMA has released its proposed new levee mapping approach for mapping areas behind levees that are not accredited. This was in response to concerns about the "without levee" mapping approach.  A fact sheet, the Federal Register notice, and the proposed approach are all posted on the ASFPM website for your use.


    Action Items

    If you are able, please share this information with your communities specifically impacted by the Levee Mapping procedure. A list of communities by state where the levee mapping process has been put on hold until the procedure is in place can be found on the ASFPM website here. When sharing this information and to request comments, we suggest using a link, as many firewalls will filter out the documents since they are large.


    There is a tight time line for submitting review comments.  Due to the tight time line, and the holiday period, please be sure to submit your comments to FEMA no later than January 30th, 2012. If you are able to make comments and submit them, please copy ASFPM and send your comments to as well.



    New Levee Approach and Public Review Factsheet

  • 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:

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