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  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 12:12 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    A Conference hosted by New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance.  Conference will take place on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Coach Barn at Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ.  Conference details and registration at:                         

  • Friday, June 02, 2017 10:59 AM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    This Iselin, New Jersey workshop begins Monday afternoon with half-day technical workshops followed by an evening reception. Tuesday and Thursday feature plenary sessions, mini-workshops and break-out concurrent sessions offering detailed presentations on engineered mitigation and floodproofing projects, policy, grant funding, natural and beneficial uses including stream restoration, mitigation planning and outreach. In keeping with tradition, all attendees are invited to participate in our Wednesday technical tours to see these techniques being applied in the field. Exhibitors will showcase their state-of-the-art materials, services, equipment, accessories and techniques early in the week at ASFPM’s first ever “Cracker Barrel” Tuesday evening. Plenty of time is planned for attendees to exchange ideas and view the exhibits, so opportunities to network will be ample. You don't want to miss this event!  For further information on registration, hotel reservation and sponsorship can be found here.

  • Monday, May 08, 2017 5:26 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    This National Flood Insurance Program Review Course is a free, no-cost training for New Jersey municipal, county, and state officials, as well as the general public, looking to expand their knowledge of floodplain management and obtain their Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) certification.  This course was developed and sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Bureau of Dam Safety and Flood Control. The NJDEP will also pay for local officials exam costs!

    This course closely follows the FEMA 480 National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Floodplain Management Requirements: Study Guide and Desk Reference for Local Officials (February 2005).  The course duration is a month and features both in-person instruction and online self-paced instruction.  The Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) exam will be offered on the last day.  This course will be held in each of New Jersey’s 21 counties throughout 2017 and 2018.  Pre-registration will be required through NJAFM’s website prior to the start of the course.  Although this course is open to the general public, priority will be given to government officials when registering.

    Although the CFM Exam will be administered at the end of this course, this course is not approved or supported by the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) and is not a CFM Review Course.   Participants are expected to have working knowledge and experience in floodplain management and familiarize themselves with the full suite of related floodplain management documents listed on ASFPM's website,

    Please register for the county you work in or a nearby county!  The training will be rolled to all counties by February of 2019!   For more information regarding the course go to:

  • Monday, May 08, 2017 4:53 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    Emile DeVito, Manager of Science and Stewardship for the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, and RRWA Vice President, will lead you on a trip through Watchung Reservation to talk about forest ecology and biodiversity. Biodiversity is defined as the number, variety and variability of all living organisms on Earth. Emile will talk about how natural and human activities affect the condition of various ecosystems and the types and amounts of animal and plant species found in them. Emile’s unusual style and vast knowledge of our local area and fauna always makes for an entertaining event.   For more information and registration go to:

  • Monday, May 08, 2017 4:40 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    The 2017 CRS Coordinator’s Manual (Expiration date March 31, 2020) has been approved in accordance with requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act.  The Manual is available for download at by searching for CRS Coordinators Manual in the search box and at  The 2017 CRS Coordinator’s Manual will be implemented by FEMA immediately. As always, changes will not take effect for any community until that community’s next cycle verification visit.

    Changes from previous editions of the Coordinator’s Manual will be marked with vertical bars in the margins of the pages of the 2017 Coordinator’s Manual. Most changes are clarification and improvements. The changes have been presented in issues of NFIP/CRS Update newsletters, beginning with the September/October 2016 issue.  Back issues are available

    The CRS Webinars series for 2017 will include training courses on the new items in the 2017 CRS Coordinator’s Manual and other topics to assist communities. Visit  to see webinar dates and to register. will also have the community certification forms and other resources that pertain to the 2017 Coordinator’s Manual. Other resources are being updated.

    If you have questions regarding the 2017 CRS Coordinator’s Manual, or trouble downloading the file, please contact your ISO/CRS Specialist.

  • Thursday, April 27, 2017 4:03 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    Many communities struggle with how to prepare for hazards. It can be difficult to talk about our vulnerability to hazards and it can be even more difficult to keep people engaged and motivated to take action to be better prepared. This training provides insights into how and why people respond to risk and will help you develop new skills to better connect with a variety of audiences. Understanding and connecting with an audience’s diverse values and concerns can lead to a higher level of community engagement and can help motivate action to reduce risk.

    Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve and the New Jersey Coastal Management Program are partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management to offer this training June 15, 2017 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) at the Jacques Cousteau Coastal Center, 130 Great Bay Blvd., Tuckerton, NJ. 08087.  Further information and registration can be found here.

  • Thursday, April 27, 2017 3:45 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    Climate Central has released a suite of new maps, visuals and analyses fleshing out the implications of a January 2017 NOAA publication on updated sea level scenarios for the United States.   More information on their report, interactive 3D map, Risk Finder and 2 minute video go can be found here.

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017 7:53 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    Science You Can Use: Sustaining New Jersey Marshes for Coastal Resilience

     Join us for a hands-on workshop that will give you the opportunity to apply new research on nature-based solutions to managing for coastal resilience.  Facilitated by research scientists, multi-disciplinary teams of workshop participants will use recently collected data and a suite of on-line tools to produce schematic management plans for a local saltmarsh site.  

     Where and When

    April 27, 2017

    Jacques Cousteau Reserve, 130 Great Bay Blvd, Tuckerton, NJ

    10 AM- 3 PM

    Register here


    This workshop was rescheduled from March 14th due to the snowstorm.

     Limited space left – Register now!


    Workshop Purpose:

    This workshop aims to convey how ongoing research informs understanding of:

    ·      How saltmarshes aid coastal resilience

    ·      Pros & cons of management options to sustain salt marshes be into the future

    ·      Available management tools for aiding decision-making on nature-based and other management strategies

    ·      How to apply them locally

  • Friday, March 24, 2017 11:11 AM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    This article includes an interactive map showing New Jersey claims to the NFIP by municipality.  It also includes proposed changes to the NFIP from several New Jersey Congressmen.   For more information go here.

  • Monday, March 20, 2017 12:09 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    This workshop is designed as a peer exchange for counties and municipalities in Northern New Jersey to make them more aware of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System (CRS) and the benefits it can bring to property owners in flood plain areas. The workshop will highlight several counties in our region with CRS User Groups that already provide support to local communities taking advantage of the CRS Program to improve resiliency. For more information go here.

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