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KAMM 2016 Annual Conference Registration is Open!
The Changing Climate of Mitigation
August 22 – 25, 2016
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park – Gilbertsville, KY
Links to Conference Info and Agendas:
- 2016 Conference Information
- August 22 – Pre-Conference Agenda
- August 23 – 25 – DRAFT KAMM Conference Agenda
Conference Registration: Do you plan to attend Monday, August 22 Pre-Conference workshops/activities? Begin by reviewing the Pre-Conference Agenda so that you select wisely.
To Register: Select how you are paying for the KAMM Conference
Monday, August 22 – FEMA Elevation Certificate Workshops Registration
- Link to learn more and to register. If you are only attending the two EC workshops, register via this link. If you plan to attend other Pre-conference activities, please register for the annual conference via the above links.
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Lodging
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Nominations Open for 2016 Floodplain and Mitigation Manager of the Year!
Link to the information about these prestigious awards. Nominations are open. Deadline is August 5.
KAMM Conference Sponsor Registration Open
We’re happy to announce a new Sponsorship level for the conference this year, the “Rust” sponsorship. Link here for Sponsorship Details.
KAMM Conference Sponsors
We appreciate our sponsors! Check out who has sponsored so far. Link here to see the 2016 Sponsors.
Regional Training a Great Success
- Link to Regional Training for more Information
- Link to the 2016 Regional Training Presentations
FIMA Announces Availability of Benefit Cost Analysis Tools for Drought and Ecosystem Services
June 10, 2016
FEMA has developed Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) Tools and Guidance to calculate benefits for climate resilient mitigation activities, including drought mitigation, ecosystem services, and pre-calculated benefits for cost-effectiveness evaluation of soil stabilization, flood diversion, and reforestation projects in wildfire impacted areas to support expedient implementation of post-wildfire mitigation actions. The tools and guidance include:
- Aquifer Storage and Recovery BCA Calculator Tool
- Ecosystem Service Benefits Calculator
- Supplemental BCA Guidance for Floodwater Diversion and Storage Projects
- Supplemental BCA Guidance for Floodplain and Stream Restoration Projects
- Pre-calculated benefits for post-wildfire mitigation actions
If you require the Microsoft Excel version of either of the calculator tools, or if you have any questions on details of the Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA), visit the BCA website, contact the BCA Helpline at 1-855-540-6744 or email@example.com. These additional BCA Tools are available for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), and the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) for which the application period is open on or after the date of the May 12, 2016. Please note that not all mitigation activities are eligible under all three programs. For example, wildfire mitigation is eligible under HMGP and PDM, but not FMA.
The Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities are available for HMPG funding resulting from a major disaster declared on or after September 30, 2015, and for competitive PDM and FMA funding for which the application period opened on or after September 30, 2015.
FEMA Extends Public Comment Period for Draft Public Assistance Required Minimum Standards
FEMA extended the comment period for an additional 30 days on the draft Public Assistance Program Minimum Standards replacement language for the Public Assistance (PA) Program and Policy Guide. When using PA funds to repair, replace or construct buildings located in hazard-prone areas, applicants would use, at a minimum, the hazard-resistant standards reflected or referenced in the International Building Code (IBC). Costs associated with meeting these standards would be eligible. The minimum standards will be used for all buildings in tornado, wind, seismic, and flood-prone areas identified in the IBC, regardless of the type of incident that caused the damage.
As FEMA works to implement the new standard for its Public Assistance program, it is requesting input on the draft language from the public and emergency management community. The draft language is posted to the Federal Register, and will be available for comment until July 8, 2016.
Incorporating Environmental Justice into all Regulatory Efforts and Webinar
June 7, 2016
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its first-ever Technical Guidance for Assessing Environmental Justice in Regulatory Analysis (EJ Technical Guidance). This guidance represents a significant step towards ensuring the impacts of EPA regulations on vulnerable populations are understood and considered in the decision-making process.
The EJ Technical Guidance improves our ability to perform some of the most important work we do. Better integrating environmental justice in EPA’s core regulatory function is essential to ensure that all Americans, regardless of their race, ethnicity, or income level, have access to clean water, clean air, and healthy communities. Technical guidance, reinforced by the meaningful involvement of the public and key stakeholders, helps to ensure that all communities are protected from pollution as the result of EPA rules.
So how does it work? The EJ Technical Guidance equips EPA rule writers with key analytic principles and definitions, best practices, and technical questions to consider potential impacts on communities with environmental justice concerns. Each component helps us take complex issues and think about them in a consistent, step-by-step approach, while ensuring that sound science is the foundation of EPA’s decision-making process.
Webinar: As community engagement and involvement is a critical component of environmental justice, the EPA will host two webinars about the EJ Technical Guidance.
- June 23, 1:00 to 2:00 pm EST, and
- July 11, 3:00 to 4:00 pm EST.
NFIP Announces Oct. 1, 2016 Program Changes
May 10, 2016
FEMA releases Oct. 1 2016 program changes. Go to http://www.nfipiservice.com/Stakeholder/FEMA8/W-16032.html to view the cover memo and four attachments, including:
- Attachment A – Transaction Record Reporting and Processing Plan Revisions
- Attachment B – Edit Specifications Revisions
- Attachment C –Updated Preferred Risk Policy and Newly Mapped Application Form
- Attachment D –Sample Form for No Mandatory Purchase Requirement
FEMA Issues an Addendum to HFIAA Program Changes: Clear Communication of Risk
Bulletin-16021: Addendum 4 to April 1, 2016, Program Changes – Revised Underwriting Procedures for HFIAA Section 28, Clear Communication of Risk
March 30, 2016
Bulletin W-15046 described the initial implementation of Section 28, Clear Communication of Risk, of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. Section 28 requires FEMA to clearly communicate full flood risk determinations to individual property owners regardless of whether their premium rates are full-risk rates. Ensuring clear and accurate communication of flood risk requires correct underwriting information. This bulletin describes how FEMA will rate policies using correct information. The full bulletin includes specific procedures for insurers to follow as part of this effort.
FEMA initially proposed that NFIP insurers report current flood zone and current Flood Insurance Rate Map information, including Base Flood Elevation, if applicable, for all new business policies effective on or after April 1, 2016, and for all renewals effective on or after Oct. 1, 2016. After further consultation with NFIP insurers, and out of concerns for our customers, FEMA determined that a phased approach would best implement these requirements.
Read the full bulletin here.
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Kentucky Business One Stop
The Kentucky Business One Stop Portal is here to create an easy-to-use environment where Kentucky’s businesses can find the requirements and tools they need to own and operate a business in Kentucky. The mission of the Kentucky Business One Stop is to promote economic development and job creation, and at the same time create efficiencies for both businesses and government.
Environmental Licenses/Permits: You may be required by state and federal law or regulation to have an environmental permit to operate in Kentucky. The Kentucky Business One Stop Portal is a great resource for identifying which environmental permits are required: http://onestop.ky.gov/start/Pages/environmental.aspx.
2016 Uniform Relocation Act (URA) Low Income Limits Issued
Effective Date – March 28, 2016
The Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 (Uniform Act or URA) – FY 2016 Low Income Limits, used in connection with rental assistance payment calculations under 49 CFR 24.402(b), have been issued with an effective date of March 28, 2016.
Additional information and guidance for making URA low income calculations are available on the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) web page.
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.
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 $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.
Protecting Drinking Water from Harmful Algal Blooms
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.
Green Infrastructure Wizard Connects Communities to Resources
EPA 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.
New Mitigation Publications – 2016
For more mitigation resources and other publications, go to KAMM’s Mitigation Resources page.
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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.
Flood Loss Avoidance Benefits of Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management. December 2015. This EPA modeling study estimates the flood loss avoidance benefits from application of small storm retention practices for new development and redevelopment nationwide. Twenty HUC8 watersheds were modeled in areas where significant growth is expected between 2020 and 2040, using the FEMA Hazus model and national-scale datasets. The area of the watersheds ranges between 500 and 3,000 square miles. The study was conducted in consultation with other federal agencies including the US Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA, and FEMA.
The approach was vetted by a panel of experts from government, academia, and industry. The results show that, over time, the use of green stormwater infrastructure can save hundreds of millions of dollars in flood losses, while just applying the practices to new development and redevelopment only. If retrofitting were to occur, the avoided losses would be even more significant. Download the document: Flood Loss Avoidance Benefits of Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management.
Flood Resilience Guide to protect utilities. Introducing EPA’s tool, Flood Resilience: A Basic Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities, which was designed for small and medium drinking water and utilities and includes interactive worksheets, instructional videos, and flood maps. With a user-friendly layout, embedded videos, and flood maps to guide you, EPA’s Flood Resilience Guide is your one-stop resource to protect your critical assets.
- Flood Resilience Guide Fact Sheet. Download the EPA Fact Sheet – Build Flood Resilience at Your Water Utility
USGS publishes “Identifying and preserving high-water mark data: techniques and methods 3-A24” March 18, 2016. The report serves as a field guide for identifying high-water marks and presents guidance and proper techniques for preserving, evaluating, and recording the data collected for use in surface-water modelling, flood documentation and much more.
FEMA Releases Damage Assessment Operating Manual. March 31, 2016, FEMA released the FEMA Damage Assessment Operating Manual. The manual establishes national damage assessment standards developed from lessons learned and best practices already in use and is intended to increase the accuracy, consistency, and efficiency of damage assessments by empowering emergency management at all levels with clear information and defined roles and responsibilities. The standards put forth in the manual will be the national standard utilized by states and tribes conducting damage assessments after disasters.
Handy Guide to NFIP Changes that Took Effect on April 1, 2016. Download “Making Sense of NFIP Regulatory Changes.” A great e-book – a readable and understandable publication.
Hazard Mitigation Assistance Cost Share Guide. May 2016. The Hazard Mitigation Assistance Cost Share Guidance is a tool for Applicants, Subapplicants and FEMA to assist with understanding match requirements for FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grants. The Guide encourages early coordination for cost share strategies and provides helpful examples for various approaches such as donated resources for the non-Federal cost share. Download the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Cost Share Guide.
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