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  • Friday, May 18, 2018 2:34 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    For further information please check here.

  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018 2:03 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    Flooding causes tremendous social and economic disruption to communities, and recovery can be very costly. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was created in 1968 in to identify and reduce overall flood risk, and provide affordable flood insurance. Almost all municipalities in the DVRPC region participate in the NFIP. However, due to catastrophic storms in recent years, such as hurricanes Katrina, Sandy and Harvey, insurance claims have vastly outstripped the premiums collected by the NFIP. As a result, the program has borrowed almost $30 billion from the US Treasury that it cannot afford to repay. Furthermore, climate change is projected to increase flood risk, due to both sea level rise and more intense precipitation events. Against this backdrop, this Climate Adaptation Forum will explore the structure of the NFIP, which has been overdue for re-authorization since 2017, and discuss policies under active consideration to restructure the program to appropriately assign responsibility for risk, support vulnerable communities, and enhance long-term resiliency. The tradeoffs involved are complex. However, they must be addressed, as the program continues to operate in a deficit and the value of assets exposed to risk from flooding is only expected to grow. This will be an interactive workshop, with plenty of time for discussion and questions. The panelists include: Carolyn Kousky, Ph.D., Director for Policy Research and Engagement at the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Richard J. Sobota, CPCU, Senior Insurance Specialist from FEMA Region III John A. Miller, P.E., CFM, CSM, Water Resources Engineer, Certified Floodplain & Stormwater Manager.  For further information and to register go here.

  • Thursday, May 10, 2018 3:20 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    Course 1: “Engineering Hydrology: Applications using HEC-HMS”

    August 6-8, 2018

    This  3-day  course  serves  as  an  introduction to hydrologic modeling of the rainfall-runoff process and covers the following topics: precipitation, hydrologic losses  (infiltration), surface  runoff (hydrographs), channel routing, and parameter estimation. Commonly  used methods  such as the NRCS Curve-Number, Snyder and NRCS’s Synthetic Unit  Hydrographs and the Muskigum-Cunge River Routing Technique will be discussed in detail.

    Cost: $1,200 per participant

    Course 2: “Advanced Engineering Hydrology” August 9-10, 2018

    This 2-day course focuses on  advanced topics in hydrologic modeling of  the rainfall-runoff process.
    The following topics are presented: unit hydrograph derivation,   changing  the  duration of  a  unit hydrograph using  the  S-curve method,  estimation of the NRCS’s Peak  Rate  Factor, multiple sub-basin modeling, parameter estimation, resevoir modeling, dam breach analysis.  

    Cost: $800 per participant

    For further information go to here  

    Course 1: “HEC-RAS Introductory Course” August 13-15, 2018

    This  3-day  course  is  devoted   to  the  use of  the HEC-RAS program for  basic open channel flow analysis. Course topics include: water surface profiles, bridge and culvert hydraulics, multiple opening analysis, bridge scour computations.

    Cost: $1,200 per  participant

    Course 2: “Unsteady Flow using HEC-RAS” August 16-17, 2018

    This  2-day  course is  devoted to  the unsteady flow  application of  the HEC-RAS program. Course topics include: geometric preprocessing, unsteady flow  simulations, storage area and storage area connections, lateral weirs,  dam breach analysis, and trouble shooting.

    Cost: $800 per  participant

    There will be a $50. discount for NJAFM members.

    For further information go here.

  • Wednesday, May 02, 2018 5:37 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)


    – Visual Assessment Training Session –
    This Saturday, May5th • 10am to 1pm
    South Mountain Reservation
    Meet at Millburn Library, Room B

    As part of a new initiative by the Rahway River Watershed Association, and funded by a grant from The Watershed Institute, we are excited to be starting a Water Quality Monitoring Program in the Rahway River Watershed!

    This Saturday come to the second and last water quality monitoring training session of the Spring from 10am to 1pm in South Mountain Reservation. The classroom and field training will be given by NJDEP Americorps Watershed Ambasedor Chelsea Moxley. Meet in Millburn Library, Room B. Call or text Clea at 908-892-7229 to register.


    Water Quality Awareness Workshop Wednesday May 9th • 7:30pm to 9pm
    Library of the Chathams
    214 Main St. Chatham

    The Loantaka Group of the Sierra Club, in collaboration with the Rahway River Watershed Association present . . . 
    A Water Quality Awareness Workshop !

    Sandra LaVigne, Director of Water Quality Programs at the Great Swamp Watershed Association, will present a brief talk on water quality in our region. Topics include the various ways pollution makes its way into our waterways, the types of contaminents we see in our water, what we test for, the results of recent testing and what we can do to improve the quality of our water.
    Sandra will present the newly released 2017 GSWA Water Quality Report Card, including the new Downstream Passaic River expansion. The report card shows the status of streams and rivers throughout the Great Swamp Watershed and in the region of the Passaic River between Millington Gorge and Stanley Ave Park in Chatham and Summit. Sandra will also address how our own actions can affect water quality, and what simple life choices we can make to help preserve the quality of water that makes its way to our tap.



  • Saturday, March 17, 2018 6:03 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    NJAFM Legislative Chair John Miller spoke at a March 6th Resiliency Meeting in Washington, DC.   For further information including a video and meeting summary go here.

  • Thursday, March 01, 2018 1:52 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    NJAFM Legislative Committee Chair John Miller will be one of several speakers at Building Climate Resiliency in the Real Estate Sector on Tuesday, March 6th beginning at 3:30 p.m.

    live webcast will be streamed at 3:30 PM EST at (wireless connection permitting)

     The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) invite you to a briefing to explore the climate risks facing the U.S. real estate sector, as well as policy solutions and innovations to help protect this crucial piece of the American economy. The turbulent 2017 hurricane season has sparked a national dialogue on how future extreme weather events may impact the security of homes, businesses, and other built infrastructure. Given the economic activity and investment tied to the buildings sector, its long-term health will depend on the capacity of public officials, insurance agencies, and property managers to adapt to climate change risks.

    Join us for a discussion on ways the public and private sectors can collaborate to develop the policy tools necessary to safeguard America's buildings and homes from future natural disasters.

    Further information can be found here

  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018 3:02 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    This full-day program will highlight existing climate change adaptation planning and implementation efforts in our region. Representatives from government agencies, businesses, and NGOs working in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic coastal settings will discuss their experiences adapting to sea level rise and increased storm intensity and frequency. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how to manage uncertainty, remain flexible, and activate stakeholders to help build a resilient future.  For further information go to:  02212018Coastal-ResiliencyConference.pdf

  • Wednesday, December 06, 2017 4:06 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    ASFPM & partners want to hear from elected officials, community planners, floodplain and emergency managers, and others involved in coastal management.

    The Association of State Floodplain Managers is currently working to strengthen coastal community resilience through the development of a web-based coastal management training guide and an in-person training program for coastal counties in partnership with the National Association of Counties, Coastal States Organization and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office for Coastal Management.

    The first step in this process is a survey that seeks to determine what coastal management strategies communities are employing, and how local elected officials and professional staff communicate regarding coastal management issues. The survey will only take a few minutes to complete, and is targeted toward elected officials, community planners, floodplain and emergency managers, and others involved in coastal management. 

    The information you provide will allow us to better identify resources and support communities with improving community resilience nationwide. The outcomes of this project will influence development of the Strengthening Coastal Communities Resilience program, from the online guide to the in-person workshops.

    We ask that you please complete the survey ( to the best of your ability to help us compile as comprehensive an inventory as possible. Thank you in advance for your participation.


    Jeff Stone

    Senior Project Manager, ASFPM Flood Science Center

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  • Friday, November 17, 2017 6:38 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

     The U.S Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) New York District (District), in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), will be preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementing regulations for the Peckman River Basin Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study.

     As part of the EIS development, the District and the NJDEP will be holding a NEPA Scoping Meeting to solicit input on issues and impacts to be addressed in an EIS.

    The purpose of the NEPA Scoping Meeting is to provide an opportunity for the public and agencies to comment on the scope of the environmental analysis in the EIS and to raise issues, concerns and ideas regarding potential impacts. In addition, the District requests any information on natural resources including plants, animals and aquatic habitats.

     The NEPA Scoping Meeting will be held on 29 November 2017 at the Little Falls Civic Center, 19 Warren Street, Little Falls, NJ 07424.

     The meeting agenda is as follows: 

    7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Informational Poster Board Session and Information Exchange 
    7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Formal Informational Presentation 
    8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Informational Poster Board Session and Information Exchange


    Alternatives that will be discussed at the NEPA Scoping Meeting and will be analyzed in the EIS are as follows:

    1. No Action Plan
    2. Alternative 9: Diversion Culvert plus Levee/Floodwall upstream of Rte. 46
    3. Alternative 10b: Diversion Culvert plus Nonstructural Flood Risk Management Measures within the 10-yr Floodplain upstream of Rte. 46.


  • Friday, October 13, 2017 9:33 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    On November 17 the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership is joining with NOAA to co-host a day-long workshop: “Introducing Green Infrastructure for Resilience”. This workshop is designed for planners, engineers and municipal leaders who are not yet familiar with GI for resilience (coastal and inland plain). It is also designed for community teams (Mayors, Council Members, Environmental Commissioners, Green Team members) looking to  interact with experts to talk through resilience concepts for their towns.

    The workshop is timed to coincide with the 5th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. We see this as an opportune moment to reflect on successes in implementing GI thus far, as well as to frame challenges, solutions and opportunities for future GI interventions.

    Participation will be capped at 50. Continuing education credits are available for planners (6 credits) and floodplain managers (5 credits).

    With thanks to the Middlesex County Office of Planning the workshop will be held at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville, NJ. The workshop will run from 8:30-4 on Friday November 17. $35 includes materials and lunch.

    For more information contact Heather Fenyk: #908.349.0281

    To register:

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