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2017 KAMM Membership – Time to Renew
Membership is based on the calendar year. Joining KAMM is easy! KAMM offers three membership levels: Individual ($25) and Student ($10); and Agency/Organization ($250).
Agency/Organization Membership: Register up to 10 members as an Agency/Organization. The Agency group payment is for public and private agencies or organizations, up to 10 people. KAMM offers two easy ways to register for Agency/Organization Membership, according to your payment method. For Agency Membership you can Pay by Credit Card or Pay By Check.
Announcing KAMM Regional Meetings
All four KAMM Regions have set the dates for training. Back by popular demand, a beginner’s day and an advanced day of training.
KAMM is pleased to announce that during March and April 2017 we will conduct two regional training sessions in each of KAMM’s four regions. The trainings will be geared toward providing information to both new and seasoned folks interested in hazard mitigation, floodplain management, or hazards planning.
For more Information on Dates, Locations, Agenda and to Register: Link to dates and information.
Save the Date!
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.
Nationwide Permits to Be Renewed by Division of Water
February 2, 2017
Every five years, the United States Army Corps’ of Engineers (USACE) issues a series of general Nationwide Permits (NWPs) to authorize federal permitted activities under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899.
The current Nationwide Permits expire on March 18, 2017. The USACE issued and finalized new NWPs on January 6, 2017 that will go into effect on March 19, 2017. The new NWPs will expire on March 18, 2022.
The Water Quality Certification Section at the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) issues water quality certifications (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. You can see the full listing of all 54 NWPs at the link below.
In response, the Division of Water is issuing the corresponding general certifications to these NWPs. The commonwealth of Kentucky has three options with all the NWPs. One option is to 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. Another option is to 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. The final option is to deny a NWP. This means that an individual 401 WQC will be issued for the project. All of this information can be found at this link:
If you have any questions or concerns about these NWPs or the 401 WQC process in general, please feel free to contact Stephanie Hayes, Water Quality Certification Section supervisor at 502-782-6970.
FEMA Reservist Career Opportunities
January 24, 2017
FEMA is seeking talented men and women who are eager to assist disaster survivors as Reservist employees. In this role, you will have the opportunity to travel, receive training and build your professional network.
FEMA Reservists are on-call employees who deploy, when activated, to support disaster operations. Each Reservist is hired to a position within a Cadre based on his or her skills or experience.
FEMA has the following Reservist job opportunities available:
- Logistics Specialist (Warehouse Manager)
- Systems Specialist (Database Manager)
- Insurance Specialist
- Information Technology Specialist
- Floodplain Specialist
- Media Relations
- Intergovernmental Affairs
For More information: link to Reservist Hiring Flyer. If you are interested in intermittent work and have experience in customer service, data entry, insurance processing, warehouse management, communications, or information technology, send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, please visit the FEMA Reservist Program page.
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.
FEMA Seeks Comments on a Public Assistance Deductible Concept
Establishing a Deductible for FEMA’s Public Assistance Program
January 12, 2017
In response to calls from members of Congress, the Government Accountability Office, and the DHS Office of Inspector General over the last several years, FEMA is working to reform the way the federal government supports states following disasters. FEMA is committed to a transparent stakeholder engagement effort to explore how the program might move forward. In 2016, FEMA sought public comments on the basic concept of a deductible through www.Regulations.gov under docket ID FEMA-2016-0003.
The agency continues to actively explore the concept of a deductible, specifically leveraging the Public Assistance Program. Individual Assistance programs, such as direct aid to households after a disaster, would remain unchanged.
A Public Assistance deductible concept could incentivize mitigation investments, promote risk-informed decision-making, and build resilience, including to catastrophic events. As communities increase disaster resiliency, they reduce the cost of future events for both the states and the federal government. A deliberate effort to reduce risk at all levels of government will enhance disaster response and post-disaster recovery capabilities nationwide.
After considering the 150 comments received, FEMA developed a conceptual model framework that is now available for public comment until April 12, 2017. This Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is available for 90-days on www.Regulations.gov under docket ID FEMA-2016-0003 at this link: FEMA_FRDOC_0001.
EPA Seeks Comment – Community Solutions for Stormwater Management: A Guide for Voluntary Long-Term Planning
The purpose of this draft guide is to assist EPA, states and local governments in developing new or improving existing long-term stormwater plans that inform stormwater management implemented by communities on the ground. The document describes how to develop a comprehensive long-term community stormwater plan that integrates stormwater management with communities’ broader plans for economic development, infrastructure investment and environmental compliance. Through this approach, communities can prioritize actions related to stormwater management as part of capital improvement plans, integrated plans, master plans or other planning efforts. Early and effective stormwater planning and management by communities as they develop will provide significant long-term cost savings while supporting resilience, economic growth and quality of life.
EPA considers this guide a draft that will be supplemented with an integrated online tool to assist communities in implementing the planning process, piloted through community-based technical assistance efforts and updated over time with feedback from users. If you would like to provide feedback on this draft, please send to Piziali.Jamie@epa.gov by March 31, 2017.
- Community Solutions for Stormwater Management: A Guide for Voluntary Long-Term Planning – Draft (PDF)(16 pp, 2 MB, October 2016)
- Memorandum – Community Solutions for Stormwater Management: A Guide for Voluntary Long-Term Planning (PDF)(2 pp, 164 K, October 2016)
USDA Accepting Proposals for Federal Funding through the RCPP
January 12, 2017
USDA is now accepting proposals for Fiscal Year 2018 RCPP funding; pre-proposals are due April 21. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today invited potential conservation partners, including private industry, non-government organizations, Indian tribes, state and local governments, water districts, and universities to submit project applications for federal funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).
Through this fourth RCPP Announcement for Program Funding (APF), USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will award up to $252 million dollars to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat, and protect agricultural viability. Applicants must match or exceed the federal award with private or local funds.
RCPP projects in every state are demonstrating the ways in which locally-led initiatives can meet some of our most pressing natural resource concerns. Created by the 2014 Farm Bill, RCPP connects partners with producers and private landowners to design and implement voluntary conservation solutions that benefit natural resources, agriculture, and the economy. By 2018, NRCS and its more than 2,000 conservation partners will have invested at least $2.4 billion in high-impact RCPP projects nationwide.
NRCS encourages partners to consider conservation finance and environmental markets as they develop RCPP project applications.
For more information on applying: visit the RCPP website.
$1 Billion in Loans Now Available for Water Infrastructure Projects through the WIFIA Program
January 10, 2017
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EPA announced the availability of approximately $1 billion in credit assistance for water infrastructure projects under the new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. This financing will help support approximately $2 billion in total infrastructure investment. EPA estimates that the U.S. needs about $660 billion in investments for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure over the next 20 years.
EPA’s WIFIA program will provide long-term, low-cost credit assistance in the form of direct loans and loan guarantees to creditworthy water projects. WIFIA provides another option for financing large infrastructure projects – generally at least $20 million – in addition to the State Revolving Funds and bond market. WIFIA is available to state, local, and tribal governments; private entities; partnerships; and State Revolving Fund programs. EPA estimates that funds appropriated to the WIFIA program can be leveraged at a ratio greater than 50 to one, which means the $17 million program budget could allow EPA to make approximately $1 billion in loans and stimulate about $2 billion in total infrastructure investment.
Some of the projects that WIFIA enables EPA to provide assistance for include:
- drinking water treatment and distribution projects
- wastewater conveyance and treatment projects
- enhanced energy efficiency projects at drinking water and wastewater facilities
- desalination, aquifer recharge, alternative water supply, and water recycling projects
- drought prevention, reduction, or mitigation projects
EPA will evaluate projects using criteria such as the extent to which the project is nationally or regionally significant, helps maintain or protect public health or the environment, protects against extreme weather, and serves regions with significant water resource challenges. EPA will make selections on a competitive basis.
In the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) (regulations.gov, Docket No. EPA_FRDOC_0001) the WIFIA program solicits Letters of Interest from prospective borrowers seeking credit assistance from EPA. The NOFA outlines the process that prospective borrowers must follow to be considered for WIFIA credit assistance and establishes relative weights for the selection criteria. Letters of interest from prospective borrowers seeking credit assistance will be accepted from January 10, 2017 until midnight on April 10, 2017.
The WIFIA program website has been updated to include resources to assist prospective borrowers seeking credit assistance, including:
Webinars: The WIFIA program will host two webinars for prospective borrowers that will provide a short overview of the WIFIA program and explain the process for submitting and evaluating WIFIA letters of interest.
Thursday, February 9 at 2:00-3:30 pm ET and
- Tuesday, March 7, 2016 at 1:00-2:30 pm ET.
To access the webinar, register in advance for the March 7 webinar. Following the webinars, EPA will post a copy of the presentation and a recording of the webinar on the WIFIA website. For more information, visit www.epa.gov/wifia
Link to the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) Recovery Branch website for detailed information. http://kyem.ky.gov/recovery/Pages/default.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/
Links on KAMM’s Website
EMI 2017 Training Course Schedule
Link to: Training Opportunities for several course schedules for training at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI).
Kentucky Business One Stop – Update
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.
Kentucky Environmental Protection eForms – Update, January 2017
In December, Kentucky’s Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that submitting eForms would soon require a user account through Kentucky OneStop Business Portal. For more information regarding this change, please see the Naturally Connected blog post from Dec. 14, 2017.
What is the update? At this time, eForms will not be available through OneStop during the previously anticipated release date of Jan. 13, 2017. The release has been postponed until the evening of Feb. 6, 2017.
Until the evening of Feb. 6, there will not be a way to access DEP eForms through OneStop. Please continue to submit eForms through prior avenues. When the change does occur, you will be prompted to log in through OneStop. Additional notices will be provided in the form of a Naturally Connected blog post.
If you have already established an account in Kentucky OneStop Business Portal – you are prepared! For assistance with establishing an account, please contact Kentucky One Stop Business Portal at 502-782-8930 or email KYBOS.SUPPORT@ky.gov.
Where can I get more information? Frequently asked questions about this change, how to create an account with Kentucky One Stop Business Portal and DEP’s implementation of the CROMERR requirements are available at https://dep.gateway.ky.gov/eForms/eFormsFAQs.htm.
Mitigation Publications – 2017
For more mitigation resources and other publications, go to KAMM’s Mitigation Resources page.
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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.
You can view the Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for State Governments by clicking Pre-DisasterRecoveryPlanningGuideforStateGovernments. For any questions regarding this guide, please reach out to email@example.com.
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.
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.
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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