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2017 KAMM Membership – Time to Renew
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2017 KAMM Annual Conference
August 28, Preconference Workshops and Activities
August 29 – 31 Annual Conference
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park – Gilbertsville, KY
Lodging: Link to info on lodging. The lodging deadline is July 27.
EPA’s Office of Water Seeking Feedback on Reducing Regulatory Burden
Consistent with Executive Order 13777, EPA is seeking public input on existing regulations that could be repealed, replaced or modified to make them less burdensome. As a part of this effort, we will be accepting written public comments through May 15, 2017, at docket EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190. In addition, EPA’s Office of Water (OW) will host a public listening session to obtain additional feedback on water regulatory actions on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT.
Please visit: www.epagov/aboutepa/office-water-feedback-reducing-regulatory-burden or see below for details.
Background: On February 24, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order (EO) 13777 on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda. The EO establishes the, “policy of the United States to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens placed on the American people”. Among other things, it requires each agency to create a Regulatory Reform Task Force to evaluate existing regulations and to identify regulations that could be repealed, replaced or modified to make them less burdensome.
As part of implementing the EO, OW will be hosting a public listening session to solicit proposals for OW regulations that could be repealed, replaced, or modified to make them less burdensome. The focus of this listening session will be on water actions only.
Public Listening Session by Telephone and Web Conference
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT
The session will start with brief remarks from EPA and the remainder of the session will be dedicated to listening to public comments. There are several ways to join the session:
To speak at the teleconference: 150 telephone lines are set aside for people who want to speak for one to two minutes. These 150 telephone lines will be distributed randomly among those who pre-register. We expect our three-hour conference will allow for about 70 to 80 persons to speak. You must pre-register in advance to be randomly selected for one of these telephone lines at: https://reducing_regulatory_burden_epa_officeofwater.eventbrite.com. Registration closes April 28, 2017 @ 12:00 pm EDT. If selected, registrants from this list will receive information about how to participate, along with a call in number. The audio of the session will be transcribed and will be submitted to the docket.
To join the web conference: http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/owregulatoryforums/. You may sign in 15 minutes before the web conference starts. The online meeting room can accommodate 1,000 participants. Slots will be allotted on a first come first serve basis. Participants in the web session will be able to listen to a broadcast of speakers from the teleconference line through their computers, and will be able to submit written comments. Transcripts of all written comments will be submitted to the docket. For questions about this process, please contact: email@example.com
If you miss the meeting, or do not have the opportunity to speak on the call, please submit your input to the EPA-wide docket (docket number: EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190). OW will give equal consideration to input provided through any of the methods above.
For more information on upcoming public engagement opportunities offered by other EPA offices please visit: https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/regulatory-reform.
Submitting Comments and/or Proposals to the Docket: The docket will be open for submitting recommendations until May 15, 2017. For those wishing to submit recommendations online, visit Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190 at Regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or removed from Regulations.gov.
To allow us to more effectively evaluate your suggestions, the Agency is requesting comments include:
Supporting data or other information such as cost information
- Provide a Federal Register (FR) or Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) citation when referencing a specific regulation
- Provide specific suggestions regarding repeal, replacement, or modification.
The EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Multimedia submissions (e.g., audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all the points you wish to make.
EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center Hosts Stormwater Finance Webinar Series
April 18, 2017
EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center is hosting a stormwater finance webinar series in collaboration with the Water Environment Federation. Communities across the county are struggling to identify a financing strategy to support their stormwater management programs. This webinar series will explore both traditional stormwater financing strategies as well as new and innovative approaches.
Each webinar will provide a deep-dive, technical overview of specific successful and leading-edge examples of how communities have supported their stormwater programs.
Audience: Municipal administrators, planners, public works officials, community leaders, technical assistance providers, and regional funders.
Time: 2:00—3:00 pm EST
- May 11, 2017 – Register for webinar
- May 23, 2017 – Register for webinar
For more information, visit: https://www.epa.gov/waterfinancecenter/leading-edge-stormwater-financing-webinars.
FEMA Issues an Update to the Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide
April 13, 2017
FEMA issued an update to the Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide (PAPPG), effective for all disasters declared on or after April 1, 2017. The Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide (PAPPG) combines all Public Assistance (PA) policy into one consolidated document. The PAPPG also includes an overview of the PA Program implementation process, with links to other publications and documents that provide additional process details.
The update to PAPPG is based on feedback received on the previous version and includes the Public Assistance Required Minimum Standards Policy, which was released on September 30, 2016. Other changes made include:
- reference to the regulatory deadline for requesting additional areas be added to a declaration;
- adding specific documentation necessary to support an emergency, non-congregate sheltering;
- moving, refining, and adding language pertaining to facilities located in or impacting a floodplain;
- adjusting language associated with relocating facilities;
- removing the statement that roads on U.S. Government “trust lands” were not eligible; and
- re-organizing the Appendix on Cost Effective Hazard Mitigation Measures to list the mitigation measures by items being mitigated as opposed to specific types of facilities and adding similar low cost mitigation measures.
Questions and comments on the PAPPG can be sent to FEMA-PAPolicy@fema.dhs.gov.
FEMA Seeks Comments on Nationwide Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement on the NFIP
April 7, 2017
FEMA published a Federal Register notice to seek public comment on a draft Nationwide Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (NPEIS) about the NFIP. As required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), FEMA developed this draft NPEIS to examine the impacts of proposed improvements and modifications to the NFIP. This draft NPEIS includes an evaluation of the potential impacts to the natural and human environment associated with the NFIP at a programmatic level, as well as an evaluation of impacts of alternative proposals to modify the NFIP.
The NFIP proposed modifications are needed to implement the legislative requirements of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12) and the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA), and to demonstrate compliance with the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Today, more than 22,000 communities participate in the NFIP, with more than 5.1 million NFIP policies in effect, providing over $1.2 trillion in insurance coverage. The NFIP serves as the foundation for national efforts to reduce the loss of life and property from flood disaster.
The public comment period is open for 60 days from April 7, 2017 to June 6, 2017. Download a copy of the draft NPEIS and provide comments directly to FEMA via www.regulations.gov. Search for Docket ID FEMA-2012-0012.
In addition, public meetings and webinars are scheduled by FEMA to allow the public an opportunity to learn more about the project and to provide comments on the NFIP draft NPEIS. For a list of locations and webinar dates and times, visit www.fema.gov/programmatic-environmental-impact-statement.
Emergency Management Institute Offers Flood Virtual Tabletop Exercise
FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) program will offer a flood scenario May 24-25, 2017. The VTTX is designed to help emergency management professionals exercise their response to the impact of major flooding on their community. The VTTX involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting, and can be used to assess plans, policies, training, and procedures during a flood and inundation challenge.
Each month, EMI conducts a VTTX series using a Video Teleconference (VTC) platform to reach community-based training audiences around the country by providing a virtual forum for interactive disaster training. The VTTX is designed for a group of ten or more representatives from state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency management communities of practice. It provides a unique opportunity for responders across the nation to simultaneously participate in a hazard-specific, facilitated discussion. Participants will need to connect via a site equipped with the appropriate VTC capability (not Adobe Connect or Face Time-based), but alternate ways to participate are also available upon request.
The VTTX occurs 12-4 p.m. ET. To participate, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-447-7645. Also, send a courtesy copy email to email@example.com or call 301-447-1381. The application deadline is May 1, 2017.
Additional information is available at https://training.fema.gov/programs/emivttx.aspx.
Nationwide Permits to Be Renewed by Division of Water
April 5, 2017
Every five years, the United States Army Corps’ of Engineers (USACE) issues a series of general Nationwide Permits (NWPs) to authorize federally permitted activities under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899.
These general permits are used for smaller projects that are determined to cause minimal environmental impacts. The current Nationwide Permits expired on March 18, 2017. The USACE issued and finalized new NWPs on January 6, 2017 that went into effect on March 19, 2017. The new NWPs will expire on March 18, 2022. Federal regulation 33 CFR §330.4(c) states that “401 water quality certification pursuant to section 401 of the Clean Water Act, or waiver thereof, is required prior to the issuance or reissuance of NWPs authorizing activities which may result in a discharge into waters of the United States”.
In response, the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) issued corresponding general certifications to these NWPs. The Water Quality Certification Section (WQC) at the DOW issues WQCs in accordance with Section 401 of the CWA. The 401 Section of the CWA authorizes states and tribes to certify that the USACE 404 and Section 10 permits will comply with applicable water quality standards.
The commonwealth of Kentucky has three options with all the NWPs.
- Certify as is, meaning that the conditions that need to be met for DOW’s 401 WQC program are the same as the USACE’s NWPs.
- Certify the NWPs with conditions, meaning that the commonwealth of Kentucky has additional conditions to qualify for the NWP and/or criteria that must be met, on top of the conditions listed by the USACE NWP.
- Deny a NWP. This means that an individual 401 WQC will be required for all projects under that NWP.
Limited changes were made to Division’s NWPs.
- NWP 12 Utility Line Backfill and Bedding, NWP 14 Linear Transportation Projects, and NWP 37 Emergency Watershed Protection and Rehabilitation had conditions that were modified for clarity, but that do not change the purpose or applicability of the condition.
- NWP 12 Utility Line Backfill and Bedding and NWP 14 Linear Transportation Projects were modified to include a condition stating that “crossings must be constructed in a manner that does not impede natural water flow”, in order to prevent stream obstruction and impoundment.
- NWP 23 Approved Categorical Exclusions was modified to include language to clarify what can qualify for this permit, as well as, adding a condition that the project must not impact more than ½ acre of wetland to be consistent with other NWPs. We also added language from the USACE’s NWP 23 to clarify what projects may be included.
- One condition was added to the General Conditions for the State of KY:
- Projects requiring in-stream stormwater detention/retention basins shall require individual water quality certifications in order to align with KPDES requirements.
Link to: Full listing of all 54 of the USACE’s NWPs, http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Regulatory-Program-and-Permits/Nationwide-Permits/2017_NWP_FinalDD/
Link to: All corresponding DOW NWP’s, http://water.ky.gov/permitting/Pages/CertificationNationwidePermits.aspx
For more information: On NWPs or the 401 WQC process, contact Stephanie Hayes, WQC Section supervisor at 502-782-6970.
EPA releases Route to Resilience Tool
Maintaining and repairing aging drinking water infrastructure remains a significant challenge for the water sector. Utilities must be able to increase their readiness and resilience to potential all-hazard incidents and adapt to future hazards that may impact their ability to provide safe and clean drinking water.
EPA is releasing the Route to Resilience (RtoR) tool that will help small and medium sized drinking water and wastewater utilities learn more about becoming resilient to all-hazards such as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and contamination incidents. The interactive desktop application guides utilities through 5 stops along the Route to Resilience — Assess, Plan, Train, Respond, and Recover. RtoR also provides utilities with a custom report that highlights products and tools that will help utilities on their path to resilience.
To download the tool, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/waterresilience/route-resilience-drinking-water-and-wastewater-utilities.
NFIP Rate Changes Effective April 1, 2017
March 28, 2017
As announced on September 27, 2016, key changes being made to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on April 1, 2017, include updated insurance policy premium increases conforming to the premium rate caps established by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12) and the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA).
Premiums will increase upon renewal an average of 6.3 percent beginning April 1, 2017. Premiums do not include the HFIAA surcharge or the Federal Policy Fee (FPF), which are not increasing.
It is important to note that nearly 80 percent of NFIP policyholders are full-risk rated and therefore, minimally impacted by these rate increases. If individual policyholders have questions about their premiums, or NFIP coverage, we urge them to reach out to their insurance agent, or visit FEMA’s website, for more information.
More information on NFIP program changes taking effect April 1, 2017 is available here.
Coming Soon: NFIP Changes Coming October 1, 2017
March 28, 2017
FEMA, through the NFIP, will announce program changes taking effect on October 1, 2017. These include a reduced Federal Policy Fee (FPF) for tenants with contents-only policies, and revised guidance for refunding the HFIAA surcharge when some policies are canceled.
FEMA always announces program changes and updates six months in advance of these changes taking effect so that Write Your Own (WYO) companies and insurance agents are aware of and can prepare for the changes. All program changes will impact individual policyholders upon renewal of their policies. Changes are announced via WYO Bulletin, available for public review here.
Annual Report of the Flood Insurance Advocate’s Office
February 28, 2017
FEMA released the second Annual Report of the Office of the Flood Insurance Advocate (OFIA). Link to the Annual Report.
The OFIA identified six primary policyholder and property owner frustrations in 2016 that present opportunities for ongoing program improvement. These issues are:
- erroneous Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) property designations;
- gaps in flood insurance agent education;
- the need for consistency across FEMA Regions in public mapping outreach;
- difficulties in accessing Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) coverage;
- difficulties with multiple and conflicting flood zone determinations; and
- inability to obtain a refund of the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA) surcharge when cancelling a NFIP policy.
The issues identified in this report are based on the observations of OFIA through the hundreds of inquiries submitted to the Office this past year. These issues represent areas of concern that have a long-term impact to a broad population of NFIP customers. The Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration’s (FIMA) program areas were provided an opportunity to respond to these findings and responses are included with this report.
NFIP Flood Insurance Advocate: The OFIA advocates for the fair treatment of policyholders and property owners by providing education and guidance on all aspects of the NFIP, identifying trends affecting the public, and making recommendations for program improvements to FEMA leadership. The OFIA is an independent office within FEMA with direct alignment to the FIMA Associate Administrator and the FEMA Administrator.
For more information: link to FEMA’s OFIA website.
KAMP Accepting Abstracts
KAMP (Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals) is now accepting proposals for presentations during the 2017 KY GIS Conference; September 5th – 7th, 2017 in Louisville, KY. This is a great opportunity for GIS, mapping and geospatial communities to showcase their work, educate others and share professional experiences. Presentations should be approximately 30 minutes including time for Q&A. Deadline is June 5th, 2017.
Link to KAMPs website to learn more.
KGS Announces Annual Seminar
April 12, 2017
Why KGS? Transformative Integration and Geoscience in the Public Interest
Friday, May 19, 2017
KGS Well Sample and Core Library
Presentations by: UK President Eli Capilouto, KGS Director Bill Haneberg, KGS scientists, and users of our research.
Please RSVP for this free seminar by May 12 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Link to the announcement online: http://www.uky.edu/KGS/news/annual-seminar-2017.pdf
New USGS Tool Shows Historic & Simulated Future Water Conditions in the U.S.
January 12, 2017
The Hydrology Futures Portal, released by the U.S. Geological Survey, provides a user-friendly interface summarizing monthly historic (1952 through 2005) and simulated future conditions (2020 through 2099) for various meteorological and hydrological variables at locations across the conterminous United States.
The features on this new application include seven searchable meteorological and hydrological variables: actual evapotranspiration, atmospheric temperature, potential evapotranspiration and precipitation, runoff, snow water equivalent (the volume of water stored in the snowpack/depth of water if the snow melted) and streamflow.
Frequently Asked Questions on Removal of Obsolete Dams
There is a growing awareness in the U.S. of the need to address obsolete dams that impair our waterways. Removal of these dams has been on the rise in the United States for a variety of reasons, including ecological restoration, economic development of communities, addressing concerns with localized flooding, improvement of recreational opportunities, restoration of fish spawning and migration, and addressing safety issues for recreational users due to dangerous hydraulics. In support of these efforts and in response to an increase in the number of inquiries regarding EPA policies, regulations, and potential funding opportunities as they relate to removal of obsolete dams, the EPA is providing the following answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
Link to: FAQs on Removal of Obsolete Dams (PDF) (15 pp, 524 K, December 2016, EPA-840-F-16-001).
FEMA Communicates Flood Risk Information to Policyholders
January 11, 2017
In January 2017, FEMA will begin the next phase of implementation of Section 28, Clear Communication of Risk, of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA), which requires the Agency to clearly communicate full flood risk determinations to individual property owners. To meet this requirement, the NFIP reviewed the flood risk and underwriting information for every flood insurance policy, and is writing to all NFIP policyholders to communicate how their flood risk impacts their premium rate.
Policyholders will begin receiving one of seven letters, depending upon their policy, in 2017. Policyholders who renewed policies in October 2016 through December 2016 will also receive their first mailing at this time. The letter will continue to be mailed at each subsequent renewal. With flood risk information varying from one policy to the next, the letter encourages each policyholder to contact their insurance agent to discuss their policy and options. It may also be helpful to visit FEMA.gov/cost-of-flood.
In addition to Section 28, HFIAA requires gradual insurance rate increases to properties that currently receive artificially low (or subsidized) rates, rather than immediate increases to reflect the property’s full flood risk. HFIAA requires increases to premiums for most subsidized properties by no less than 5 to 15 percent annually, but no more than 18 percent for an individual policyholder – with limited exceptions –until the premium reaches its full-risk insurance rate. Approximately 80 percent of NFIP policyholders currently pay full-risk rates and are minimally impacted by these increases.
Information for insurance agents, copies of each category of letter, details about what each letter means, and tips for how individual policyholders can lower their flood risk (and potentially their flood insurance premiums) can be found at FEMA.gov/cost-of-flood.
Announcing Revised Kentucky Floodplain Administrator’s Handbook
January 11, 2017
The Division of Water announces the publication of a revised Kentucky Floodplain Admin Handbook – Revised 2016 updated to inform floodplain administrators and local officials about the NFIP, permit requirements and provides sample forms. The Handbook outlines the floodplain management process, floodplain regulations, permit procedures, and flood mapping.
- Introduction & overview of the NFIP program
- Administration & duties for local floodplain managers
- Definitions and acronyms
- Floodplain regulations at the Federal, State, & Local levels
- Overview of Executive Order 13690, Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, and the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014
- Overview of flood maps and the Risk MAP Program, including Letters of Map Change (LOMC)
- Introduction to the Community Rating System (CRS)
The revised Appendix includes:
- Sample local floodplain application & locally issued permit
- List of required permits
- Elevation Certificate & Floodproofing Certificates
- Floodway ‘No-Rise’ Certification
- Letter of Map Change forms
- Links FEMA’s Technical Bulletins
For more information: contact Alex VanPelt, CFM; NFIP Coordinator, Division of Water, Alex.VanPelt@ky.gov.
State Flood Control Matching Grant Program
What: The Flood Control Program uses state bond funds as grants to help meet cost-share match requirements associated with projects funded by the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The type of projects previously funded included small dam reconstruction, acquisition and relocation of homes from floodprone areas, debris removal created by tornadoes and construction of floodwalls and elevation of structures about the floodplain. The fund has also been used to participate in flood studies for future projects.
Who Can Apply: Cities, counties, special districts and area development districts are eligible for grants
Application Process: The application for these funds are accepted year round. There is no maximum grant amount. A local match is required. The program is coordinated by the Flood Control Commission.
Link to the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) Recovery Branch website for detailed information. http://kyem.ky.gov/recovery/Pages/default.aspx.
New Hazard Mitigation Assistance Information Available
February 24, 2017
Hazard mitigation projects that reduce the impacts of flood and drought conditions include aquifer storage and recovery (ASR), flood diversion and storage (FDS), and floodplain and stream restoration (FSR). Additional information is now available to help communities applying for Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grants comply with application requirements for these types of projects. The documents provide more detailed information on the ASR, FDS, and FSR projects, the information needed for a Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant application, potential resources, and examples.
Follow the Links:
- View the Aquifer Storage and Recovery Supplemental
- View the Flood Diversion and Storage Supplemental
- View the Floodplain and Stream Restoration Supplemental
For more information: visit Mitigating Flood and Drought Conditions Under Hazard Mitigation Assistance.
KAMM Announces MOA with KAMP
January 28, 2016
KAMM and KAMP agree to work together on a best efforts basis for the purpose of seeking opportunities of cooperation for professional development that will support the mission of both organizations.
Link to the KAMM KAMP MOA 2016.
Kentucky Business One Stop
The Kentucky Business One Stop Portal is 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. From starting your business plan to registering your business with the Commonwealth, this portal is a “one stop shop” with tools necessary to assist you in registering and operating your business in Kentucky.
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.
EPA Approves of Kentucky’s 303(d) List of Surface Water
November 22, 2016
On Dec. 4, 2015, the KDOW submitted the 2014 Integrated Report to Congress on the Condition of Water Resources in Kentucky, Volume I and Volume II to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Volume II of the 2014 Integrated Report to Congress, 303(d) List of Surface Waters, requires approval from the E.P.A. The Division is pleased to announce on October 13, 2016, the E.P.A approved Kentucky’s 2014 Section 303(d) list.
The 2014 Integrated Report to Congress on the Condition of Water Resources in Kentucky, Volume I and Volume II is located on the Division’s website water.ky.gov.
EPA’s National Lakes Assessment Finds Nutrient Pollution is Widespread in Lakes
December 8, 2016
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the results of a national assessment showing that nutrient pollution is widespread in the nation’s lakes, with 4 in 10 lakes suffering from too much nitrogen and phosphorus. Excess nutrients can cause algae blooms, lower oxygen levels, degraded habitat for fish and other life, and lower water quality for recreation. The National Lakes Assessment also found an algal toxin – microcystin – in 39 percent of lakes but below levels of concern. Low concentrations of the herbicide atrazine were found in 30 percent of lakes.
“America’s lakes and reservoirs provide many environmental and public health benefits; we use lakes for drinking water, energy, food and recreation, and our fish, birds, and wildlife depend on lakes for habitat,” said Joel Beauvais, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water at EPA. “The National Lakes Assessment provides us with valuable information to help protect and restore our lakes across the country.”
The assessment is part of a series of National Aquatic Resource Surveys designed to provide information about the condition of water resources in the U.S. The surveys are conducted in partnership with states and tribes to provide national-scale assessments of the nation’s waters. An earlier National Lakes Assessment was conducted in 2007, but this latest study is expanded to include smaller lakes and increase the number of lakes assessed. Lake managers can use the new interactive dashboard to evaluate site-specific information and to explore population-level results. Conducted on a five-year basis, future lake surveys will help water resource managers assess broad-scale differences in the data and perform trends analysis.
Nutrient pollution is one of America’s most widespread and costly environmental and public health challenges. EPA is working on many fronts to reduce the severity, extent, and impacts of nutrient pollution in our nation’s lakes and other waters. These efforts involve overseeing regulatory programs, conducting outreach and engaging partners, providing technical and programmatic support to states, financing nutrient reduction activities, and conducting research and development. In September, EPA called upon states and stakeholders to intensify their efforts to reduce nutrient pollution in collaboration with EPA.
For more information: https://www.epa.gov/national-aquatic-resource-surveys/nla.
Protecting Drinking Water from Harmful Algal Blooms
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.
The KDOW continues to monitor Kentucky’s waters for Harmful Algal Blooms
- For additional information about HABs, visit http://water.ky.gov/ waterquality/pages/HABS.aspx or contact Mark.Martin@ky.gov
- For updates on water levels and HABs at USACE lakes visit http://www.lrl.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Water-Information/HABs/
Mitigation Publications – 2017
For more mitigation resources and other publications, go to KAMM’s Mitigation Resources page.
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New Fact Sheet Available on Salvaging Family Valuables and Heirlooms Damaged by Disasters. April 2017. When homes are flooded and lives are upended, treasured keepsakes such as photos, artwork, quilts and family heirlooms become more cherished. Although they may have been damaged in the flood, these treasures may be salvageable. Over the years, preservation experts have been resources at Disaster Recovery Centers offering practical tips and steps on how to handle, dry and clean damaged objects, and share tips on personal safety, setting priorities and other preservation options.
FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution co-sponsor the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a partnership of 42 national service organizations and federal agencies created to protect cultural heritage from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies. In addition to a new fact sheet, the Task Force’s efforts on salvaging water-damaged, important personal belongings is also featured in a post titled “Safeguarding Memories” on the FEMA blog.
Protecting Building Utility Systems from Flood Damage, 2nd Edition – FEMA P-348. February 2017. The FEMA Building Science Branch is pleased to announce the release of the second edition of Protecting Building Utilities from Flood Damage, FEMA P-348. The overall objective of this updated publication is to assist in the repair, reconstruction and new construction of buildings with building utility systems and equipment that are designed and built for maximum flood resiliency.
The updated publication illustrates design and construction of utility systems that comply with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements for new or Substantially Improved residential and non-residential structures in flood-prone areas. It is also useful when evaluating structures for utility system upgrades or replacement, guiding users to meet floodplain management regulations and building code requirements. Even if NFIP compliance is not required, many building owners may find that applying the mitigation measures described in this publication will not only reduce future flood damage, but also facilitate faster recovery after flooding.
Key document features include:
- Updated materials to reflect the latest versions of the International Code Council® codes and building standards;
- Improved photographs, schematics and graphics;
- Expanded sections to address specific mitigation measures both residential and non-residential building utility systems and equipment; and
- Tools to assist the building owner in determining the best mitigation option for a particular building type and condition.
To download a copy of FEMA P-348 go to https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/3729.
EPA Smart Growth Fixes for Climate Adaptation and Resilience – Changing Land Use and Building Codes and Policies to Prepare for Climate Change 2017. Local governments are seeking ways to adapt to current and projected climate change impacts to better protect lives and property and ensure they can continue to offer a good quality of life and a thriving economy now and in the future. Smart Growth Fixes for Climate Adaptation and Resilience: Changing Land Use and Building Codes and Policies to Prepare for Climate Change (2017) can help local government officials, staff, and boards find strategies to prepare for climate change impacts through land use and building policies.
The policy options described in this publication bring multiple short- and long-term environmental, economic, health, and societal benefits that can not only prepare a community and its residents and businesses for the impacts of climate change, but also improve everyday life. The strategies can be worked into a community’s regular processes and policies—for example, through scheduled updates to zoning and building codes. This approach allows incremental change, which might be easier for some communities because it costs little or nothing extra compared to “business as usual” and gives communities the opportunity to adjust codes based on the most up-to-date climate observations and projections.
To help readers determine which policy and code changes might be appropriate for their community’s capacity, desire, and need to make changes, the options in each chapter are categorized as modest adjustments, major modifications, and wholesale changes. What might be a modest adjustment for one town could be a major modification in another. Because an important question to determine in building resilience is resilience of what to what, the publication is divided by impacts that communities are likely to face as the climate continues to change:
- Chapter 2: Overcoming Barriers to Climate Adaptation discusses potential social and legal barriers.
- Chapter 3: Overall Strategies discusses smart growth strategies that help adapt to multiple climate change impacts and that can be a foundation for the policies in subsequent chapters.
- Chapter 4: Adapting to Flooding and Extreme Precipitation includes code and policy options that deal mainly with riverine flooding and managing stormwater to prevent flooding and water pollution. This chapter includes green infrastructure strategies that can also help communities cope with extreme heat and other policy options that are relevant to sea level rise.
- Chapter 6: Adapting to Extreme Heat discusses strategies to protect people from heat waves, including green building and energy efficiency.
- Chapter 7: Adapting to Drought includes water conservation strategies for individual buildings as well as entire communities.
- Chapter 8: Adapting to Wildfire focuses on smart growth and green building strategies to protect neighborhoods from fire damage.
Most chapters include quick tips called “practice pointers,” examples of communities implementing the policies, resources, and a “Guidance and Metrics” section that references relevant credit summary language and metrics from up to three community-scale sustainability rating systems.
- Click here for a sortable table of the policy options included in the publication.
- about smart growth and climate change.
Smart Growth Fixes for Climate Adaptation and Resilience is based on the model of two previous publications that give local governments specific changes they can consider to get the type of development they want:
- Essential Smart Growth Fixes for Urban and Suburban Zoning Codes
- Essential Smart Growth Fixes for Rural Planning, Zoning, and Development Codes
- Smart Growth Fixes for Climate Adaptation and Resilience (PDF)(94 pp, 5 MB, 2017)
FEMA Finalizes Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for Local Governments February 2017. FEMA finalized the Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for Local Governments. This guide is designed to prepare local governments for recovery efforts from future disasters by engaging with the whole community and planning for recovery activities that are comprehensive and long term. The guide also provides tools for public engagement and identifying existing recovery resources outside partnerships that could help local governments build resilience.
The Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide was developed by the Community Planning and Capacity Building Branch as a component of the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF), and is the second in a series of three. The Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for States was released at the end of 2016 and a guide for tribes is currently being developed (see below).
FEMA Finalizes the Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for State Governments. January 23. At the end of 2016, FEMA finalized the Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for State Governments. This Guide is the first in a series of three that will be released in the next year that will include a guide for local governments and a guide for tribal governments.
FEMA designed these planning guides to help states and territories prepare for recovery by developing pre-disaster recovery plans that follow a process to engage members of the whole community, develop recovery capabilities across State government and nongovernmental partners, and ultimately create an organizational framework for comprehensive state recovery efforts. A pre-disaster recovery plan, and the inclusive process used to develop it, establishes resilience through state-level leadership and structure, forms communication channels, and builds whole-community partnerships to support recovery efforts.
The Guide provides useful information that will support the preparation of state agencies to more easily adapt to new post-disaster roles needed to manage new or modified sources of state and Federal recovery resources.
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APA updates 19-year-old “Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas” January 2017. The American Planning Association’s (APA) latest Planning Advisory Service report, “Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas”, elaborates on new information and tools and outlines a series of planning and design principles. The report stresses an integrated approach to planning for natural hazards by improving regulations and design.
During a 2015 APA symposium—which included subject matter experts and staff from APA, FEMA and ASFPM—participants developed an over-arching vision for subdivision design in flood hazard areas: Adopt a comprehensive and integrated approach to protecting floodplains and other natural areas, and aligning development with community goals to increase community resiliency and reduce flood risks. Subdivision design in flood hazard areas has become increasingly important due to the high social and physical costs associated with flood damage. More than ever, communities must adapt to the ever-growing threat of human-made and natural disasters.
General Principles: These five general principles lay the foundation for mitigating flood hazards within subdivision design:
- Maintain natural and beneficial functions of the floodplain.
- Adopt a No Adverse Impact approach to floodplain management.
- Avoid new development in the floodplain whenever feasible.
- Focus on data-driven decision making, using only the best available data to assess risk and inform decisions.
- Consider future conditions of the floodplain, including development impacts and climate change.
NEHRP Present Two New Publications. January 2017. The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) of FEMA Building Science Branch is pleased to present two new publications, FEMA P-1051 CD: 2015 NEHRP Provisions: Design Examples and FEMA P-1052 CD: 2015 NEHRP Provisions: Training and Instructional Materials. These publications are developed as educational and training resources to support users of the 2015 Edition of the NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures (FEMA P-1050) and ASEC/SEI 7-17 Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures.
FEMA P-1051: 2015 NEHRP Provisions: Design Examples provides selected technical design examples that apply the new methods, concepts, and procedures adopted in the 2015 NEHRP Provisions. FEMA P-1052: 2015 NEHRP Provisions: Training and Instructional Materials provides presentations covering the new changes in the 2015 NEHRP Provisions and key points for the corresponding design examples in FEMA P-1051. These two publications are intended for a technical audience including engineers and architects, members of the codes and standards organizations, building code professionals, research institutes, universities, material industries, and others who will benefit from a good understanding of the new changes in the 2015 NEHRP Provisions and their corresponding code changes in the upcoming ASCE/SEI 7-17.
Both publications are available to the public for download and on CD. To access digitally, visit the NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures. 2015 Edition FEMA Library page. To order CDs, contact the FEMA Distribution Center via email, FEMA-Publications-Warehouse@dhs.gov, or phone, 1-800-480-2520.
FEMA encourages design and building practices that address earthquake hazards and minimize the resulting risk of damage and injury. The NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures, 2015 Edition (FEMA P-1050) is another step forward to improve the seismic safety of construction in our country. FEMA engages with codes and standards organizations to incorporate these developments into building codes, and provides publications, such as FEMA P-1051 CD and P-1052 CD, to support best practices in engineering designs.
Incorporating Environmental Justice into Regulatory Efforts. EPA recently issued its first-ever Technical Guidance for Assessing Environmental Justice in Regulatory Analysis. 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.
KAMM was formed in order to promote natural hazard mitigation and management in Kentucky. Our members represent local floodplain coordinators, planning and zoning officials, engineers, surveyors, GIS specialists, hydrologists, public safety and emergency managers.
Purpose of KAMM: To provide a forum for floodplain coordinators, emergency and mitigation managers, engineers, code enforcement officials and surveyors.
KAMM mailing address: KAMM, PO Box 1016, Frankfort, KY 40602-1016.
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