NJAFM Members...see important message below
Join 1,200 of the nation's floodplain managers May 20-25, at the Marriott Rivercenter in downtown San Antonio, as we pilot improvements in flood risk management and national policy. Government Officials, planners, engineers, consultants, watershed managers, flood protection product vendors, educators, and others will gather for the most comprehensive floodplain management conference in the world. Participants interact, exchange ideas, make contacts, form partnerships, and prepare for a more sustainable future for flood damage reduction.
Our theme for 2012 is derived from San Antonio’s five historic Spanish missions combined with the goal of effectively managing flood risk. Due to its large size, Texas has a wide variety of climates and flood threats. Beginning in West Texas, alluvial fan flooding is an issue in that arid desert climate. An international water boundary with Mexico along the Rio Grande river also presents its challenges and opportunities. Moving eastward, playa lakes can be found in the panhandle of Texas and in the Lubbock area. Central Texas bears the infamous title “Flash Flood Alley”, where the Balcones Escarpment meets the black land prairie and limestone areas, and extensive flooding can happen in a matter of minutes. East Texas has piney woods and is the wettest region in Texas. There, flooding can occur from coastal systems, including hurricanes and tropical storms. The extensive Gulf Coast region houses millions of people, and includes Houston, Galveston, and Matagorda, just to name a few. While most coastal residents are aware of the potential threats hurricanes and tropical storms can pose along the coast, many do not realize that continuous coastal erosion and subsidence can make the flood situation worse. These problems are especially prominent in the Houston area due to excessive groundwater withdrawal.
Throughout the week, more than 250 of the industry’s experts will conduct plenary and concurrent sessions and share the state-of-the-art in techniques, programs, and resources to accomplish flood mitigation, watershed management, and other community goals. A three-day comprehensive exposition features the materials, equipment, accessories, and services vital to get the job done. Supplementary technical field tours and training workshops provide in-depth training. Numerous networking activities offer additional opportunities to learn from each other.
The conference is conducted by the Association of State Floodplain Managers, the world's leading voice for sound floodplain management, with 32 Chapters and over 14,000 members world-wide.
For additional information, visit http://www.floods.org.
***NJAFM Members: Jim DeAngelo, NJAFM Immediate Past Chair, will be attending this conference. This conference is a great networking opportunity and at past conferences attendees from New jersey have been able to connect for lunch. If you are attending the conference and interested in meeting for lunch or something similar, please forward your contact information (cell number &/or email) to Jim at the email address below.
Jim DeAngelo, CFM
Michael Baker Jr., Inc.