KAMM Updates

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Join KAMM: 2016 Membership  

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KAMM Regional Training Registration for March and April Open!

KAMM hosts two trainings in all four KAMM Regions annually that is free to members.  Link to the KAMM Regional page for more information.

 

KAMM Accepting Abstracts for the 2016 KAMM Annual Conference

The Changing Climate of Mitigation

Link for More Information and to Submit an Abstract.  The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2016.

 

2016 Annual KAMM Conference

August 22 – 25, 2016 
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park – Gilbertsville, KY

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park Lodging:  Reserve lodging now for the 2016 KAMM Conference!  Link here for lodging details.

 

INAFSM Call for Abstracts

INAFSM is requesting a Call for Abstracts for the 20th conference.  Abstracts are due February 15, 2016.

Abstract submission link: https://inafsm.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_208211

2016 INAFSM Conference Information

Sept. 7-9, 2016
Belterra Conference Center
Florence, IN 47020

Link for general INAFSM conference information https://inafsm.memberclicks.net/2016-conference

 

Hazard Mitigation Assistance: Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities Webinar

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) webinars are for public officials and practitioners beginning to implement climate resilient mitigation activities, as well as for those looking to enhance established programs. These webinars will feature States sharing their experiences with climate mitigation activities

FEMA is hosting two (2) webinars for HHMA stakeholders related to newly published guidance on Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities. The Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities (CRMA) include green infrastructure methods, expanded ecosystem service benefits, and three flood reduction and drought mitigation activities: Aquifer Storage and Recovery, Floodplain and Stream Restoration, and Flood Diversion and Storage. These activities will be a high priority in the Fiscal Year 2016 Pre-Disaster Mitigation competitive grant program.

The purpose of the webinar is to

  1. explain the context and purpose of the CRMA initiative,
  2. provide an overview of the CRMA project types,
  3. present case studies, and
  4. outline further implementation tools and technical guidance to be published this spring.

In these webinars, FEMA staff will provide an overview of the activities, and address what’s forthcoming for guidance; and speakers from Olshesky Design Group, Portland, Oregon, and St. George’s, Utah, will highlight three different climate resilient activities:  aquifer storage and recovery, floodplain restoration, and floodplain and stream restoration through bank stabilization. Oregon and Utah used climate resilient activities to address risk reduction; and by using climate resilient mitigation activities these communities addressed mitigation in ways that created multiple community co-benefits.

Tips for the webinar:   You will be asked to enter your name when entering the webinar. To help FEMA understand the audience, please enter your organization such as “City of York, PA” so we get a better idea of who is participating.  You may need to download software to participate in this webinar.  It is recommended that you log in five to ten minutes early so you don’t miss any of the presentation.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016  4:30 – 5:30 pm (EST)

FEMA ADOBE Connect:  https://fema.connectsolutions.com/crma/

Call-in Number: 1-800-320-4330 PIN 205435#

 

Friday, February 19, 2016 2:00 – 3:00 pm (EST)

FEMA ADOBE Connect:  https://fema.connectsolutions.com/crma/

Call-in Number: 1-800-320-4330 PIN 205435#

 

Compliance Assistance Offers Workshops for Manufacturers, Hazardous Waste and Clean Water Act

February 2, 2016

The Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) is hosting a series of Environmental Assistance Workshops with the goal of assisting and educating regulated facilities so they understand and can comply with environmental regulations. Speakers from the Division of Water, Division of Waste Management and Division of Compliance Assistance will be highlighting common permits and authorizations that are typically issued by the Department for Environmental Protection for industrial and manufacturing facilities.

This one-day, interactive workshop will be divided into three sessions.

  • The first session will be geared toward air permitting by helping those new to air permitting understand the basics, and will walk through the application process step-by-step.
  • The second will help participants understand hazardous waste regulations governing everything from aerosol cans to used oil, light bulbs and ballasts, lawn care chemicals and others, and will show regulated entities how to comply with those regulations.
  • The day will finish by focusing on various permits issued under the Clean Water Act, including industrial and construction stormwater permits, and how to comply. The audience will also be made aware of the common violations seen by each division and how to avoid a notice of violation.

This introductory-level workshop will be beneficial for environmental or facility managers, small business owners, consultants, educational institutions, health and safety professionals, economic development professionals or anyone who needs an overview of environmental permits.  Please see the full postcard and agenda for additional details.

Two workshops:  March 2 in Frankfort, and March 17 in Princeton.  The cost is $80 for general admission and $40 for KY EXCEL members. To register, visit http://dca.ticketleap.com/. The registration periods end on Feb. 29 and March 14, respectively.

More Information:  Any questions regarding the Environmental Assistance Workshops can be directed to DCA at 800-926-8111 or envhelp@ky.gov.

 

EPA Survey Shows $271 Billion Needed for Nation’s Wastewater Infrastructure

January 13, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a survey showing that $271 billion is needed to maintain and improve the nation’s wastewater infrastructure, including the pipes that carry wastewater to treatment plants, the technology that treats the water, and methods for managing stormwater runoff.  The survey is a collaboration between EPA, states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories. To be included in the survey, projects must include a description and location of a water quality-related public health problem, a site-specific solution, and detailed information on project cost.

“The only way to have clean and reliable water is to have infrastructure that is up to the task,” said Joel Beauvais, EPA’s Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water. “Our nation has made tremendous progress in modernizing our treatment plants and pipes in recent decades, but this survey tells us that a great deal of work remains.”

Adequate wastewater infrastructure plays a vital role in the health of streams, rivers, and lakes, where discharged wastewater and stormwater runoff often end up. Wastewater infrastructure must also become more resilient to the impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, stronger and more frequent storms, flooding, and drought.  Wastewater infrastructure improvements also support healthy economies. Construction projects create good-paying jobs, and where new facilities are built, workers are needed to operate and maintain them. Upgraded infrastructure results in cleaner water, which is essential for many businesses and sectors of the economy.

EPA launched the Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center in January 2015 to work with states and communities to identify innovative financing strategies for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure. The center recently selected regional Environmental Finance Centers to help communities across the country develop sustainable “how-to-pay” solutions to meet environmental goals. This financial expertise and technical assistance helps communities make informed funding decisions for resilient infrastructure projects that best meet local needs.  In addition, EPA offers financial assistance to address the types of infrastructure needs covered in the survey.

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund has provided more than $111 billion in low-interest loans since its inception in 1987, with $5.8 billion in FY 2015 alone. Grant funding is available through the Alaska Native Villages and Rural Communities program, the Clean Water Indian Set-Aside, and the U.S.-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure program.

The average American receives a much higher level of wastewater treatment today compared to when the Clean Water Act was passed in 1972. Between 1972 and 2012, the U.S. population receiving secondary treatment increased from about 75 million to 90 million, and the population receiving advanced treatment increased from 7.8 million to 127 million. Over the same period, the population receiving less-than-secondary treatment decreased from almost 60 million to 4.1 million. This has resulted in dramatic improvements in the waterways receiving discharges from these treatment plants.

The $271 billion is primarily for projects needed within five years. The survey reported the following infrastructure needs:

  • Secondary wastewater treatment: $52.4 billion to meet secondary treatment standards. Secondary treatment uses biological processes to meet the minimum level of treatment required by law.
  • Advanced wastewater treatment: $49.6 billion to provide upgrades so treatment plants can attain a level of treatment more protective than secondary treatment. Advanced treatment may also treat nonconventional or toxic pollutants such as nitrogen, phosphorus, ammonia or metals.
  • Conveyance system repair: $51.2 billion to rehabilitate and repair conveyance systems.
  • New conveyance systems: $44.5 billion to install new sewer collection systems, interceptor sewers and pumping stations.
  • Combined sewer overflow correction: $48 billion to prevent periodic discharges of mixed stormwater and untreated wastewater during wet-weather events.
  • Stormwater management programs: $19.2 billion to plan and implement structural and nonstructural measures to control polluted runoff from storm events.
  • Recycled water distribution: $6.1 billion for conveyance and further treatment of wastewater for reuse.

Visit http://www.epa.gov/cwns for more information on the report.

 

Revised Guidelines for Executive Order 11988 Floodplain Management & the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard

October 12, 2015

On October 8, 2015, the Water Resources Council approved revised Guidelines for Implementing Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management, and Executive Order 13690, Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input.

Fact Sheets:  FEMA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have produced fact sheets in response to several frequently asked questions regarding the intended scope of the President’s FFRMS and the anticipated impacts to many of the programs of these agencies.

Background:  Between 1980 and 2013, the United States suffered more than $260 billion in flood-related damages. On average, more people die annually from flooding than any other natural hazard. Further, the costs borne by the federal government are more than any other hazard. Flooding accounts for approximately 85 percent of all disaster declarations. With climate change, we anticipate that flooding risks will increase over time. In fact, the National Climate Assessment (May 2014) projects that extreme weather events, such as severe flooding, will persist throughout the 21st century. That damage can be particularly severe to our infrastructure, including our buildings, roads, ports, industrial facilities and even our coastal military installations.

To improve the nation’s resilience to flooding and better prepare the nation for the impacts of climate change, the President’s Climate Action Plan directs federal agencies to take the appropriate actions to reduce flood risk to federal investments. To further the Climate Action Plan, the President released Executive Order 13690, Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input, which amended EO 11988, Floodplain Management, issued in 1977. The new federal flood risk standard requires all future federal investments in and affecting floodplains to meet the level of resilience as established by the standard. For example, this includes where federal funds are used to build new structures and facilities or to rebuild those that have been damaged.

Consistent with the President’s direction, FEMA, as Chair of the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group, published for public comment in the Federal Register draft guidelines to provide guidance to agencies on the implementation of EOs 13690 and 11988 (80 FR 6530, Feb. 5, 2015). After an extension, the public comment period lasted 90 days, during which FEMA and other members of the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group held eight in-person public listening sessions across the country and one public webinar, to ensure input from stakeholders and the public.  More Information:  Please visit the Federal Flood Risk Management page.

 

Protecting Drinking Water from Harmful Algal Blooms

November 2015

2015 brought a summer of green water, with many areas of the nation seeing a record year for the growth of HABs.

Algal toxins are a growing problem in the US. Harmful algal blooms (HABs) produce algal toxins that can cause fish kills and contaminate drinking water supplies. EPA has released a comprehensive strategic plan outlining actions to address algal toxins in drinking water. Solving this complex challenge to our drinking water will require action at all levels of government and approaches that are collaborative, innovative, and persistent.

 

September 2015

Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities are eligible under the Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs to support communities in reducing the risks associated with climate change. These activities are: Aquifer Storage and Recovery, Floodplain and Stream Restoration, Flood Diversion and Storage, and Green Infrastructure Methods. These activities can mitigate any natural hazard; however, the activities are focused on mitigating the impacts of flood and drought conditions.

Fact Sheets have been developed to provide high-level technical information and requirements for Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs.

The Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities are available for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding resulting from a major disaster declared on or after the date of this memorandum, and for HMA funding for which the application period opens on or after September 30, 2015.  See links to three Fact Sheets relevant to Kentucky.

More Information:  visit the Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities for Hazard Mitigation Assistance page.

 

Green Infrastructure Wizard Connects Communities to Resources

October 2015

EPA recently released a new web-based tool, the Green Infrastructure Wizard (GIWiz), to help local officials and community members find tools and resources more easily. GIWiz offers quick, direct access to Green Infrastructure tools and resources that can support and promote water management and community planning decisions. Users can produce customized reports that include links to the resources they want to use.  Click to Use the Wizard to search for resources for your community.

 

Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation Review Guide for Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance Applicants (Applicant Guide) Release

The Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation Review Process (UFR Process) was established on July 29, 2014, by the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among eleven federal agencies involved in the environmental and historic preservation (EHP) reviews associated with disaster recovery assistance. The UFR Process focuses on the federal EHP requirements applicable to disaster recovery projects following a presidentially declared disaster under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Through the UFR Process, federal agencies that fund or permit disaster recovery projects and those that perform EHP reviews associated with the decision-making process will coordinate their independent EHP review processes leading to expedited decision making, which can result in faster delivery of assistance and implementation of recovery projects. The UFR Process recognizes the important role of
tribes, state agencies, localities and the stakeholders working together with federal agencies to coordinate EHP reviews.

FEMA, in coordination with the inter-agency Steering Group comprised of the Department of Homeland Security, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and the Council on Environmental Quality, are pleased to announce the release of the Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation Review Guide for Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance Applicants (Applicant Guide).  The UFR Process provides federal agencies with opportunities to expedite environmental and historic preservation (EHP) reviews through enhanced coordination for all presidentially declared disasters. The Applicant Guide will assist Applicants, (i.e. state and local agencies, Indian tribes, small business owners, individuals) in complying with EHP requirements when multiple agencies may be involved in funding or permitting a disaster recovery project. It also outlines the type of information Applicants should submit to federal agencies to assist in expediting the EHP review.

More Information: To learn more about the UFR Process and to access the Applicant Guide, please visit the Unified Federal Review webpage https://www.fema.gov/unified-federal-environmental-and-historic-preservation-review-presidentially-declared-disasters.  Learn more and download documents on FEMA’s website at: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/98911.

 

 

New Mitigation Publications – 2016

For more mitigation resources and other publications, go to KAMM’s Mitigation Resources page.

Unified Federal Review Process Newsletter Dec 2015  The UFR Newsletter serves as outreach to multiple federal, tribal, state and local stakeholders as a way to showcase UFR Process efforts aimed at supporting communities affected by disaster. The newsletter allows agencies to stay involved with efforts to further develop a UFR Process across the nation.

 

 

 

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