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Join KAMM: 2016 Membership
KAMM offers two easy ways to register, according to your payment method. You can Pay by Credit Card or Pay by Check – click Join KAMM. Membership is based on the calendar year.
Regional Training a Great Success
- Link to Regional Training for more Information
- Link to the 2016 Regional Training Presentations
2016 Annual KAMM Conference – Save the Date
The Changing Climate of Mitigation
August 22 – 25, 2016
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park – Gilbertsville, KY
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.
Announcing 2016 Kentucky Stormwater Association (KSA) Annual Conference
Wednesday, June 29 – Friday, July 1
Hilton Garden Inn & The Henry Clay Building, Louisville
Link to 2016 KSA Conference registration for details.
2016 CDBG-DR Webinar Series – Various Dates
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is holding a series of webinars for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) grantees that covers the basics of the program. New CDBG-DR grantees are strongly encouraged to attend these webinars and will be given priority, should the registrations exceed capacity.
Link to the Training Opportunities page to learn more.
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.
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.
Follow the links ….
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
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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