Oklahoma City, OK, May 20th, 2010: The New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management (NJAFM) was presented the John Ivey Award for Superior Efforts in Certification at the 2010 national conference of the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM). This recognition was celebrated with 1,100 ASFPM national and state chapter members at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
In 2001, the ASFPM Board of Directors established the John Ivey Award to recognize individuals or organizations that demonstrate outstanding efforts to encourage the certification of floodplain managers. NJAFM Chair Joseph Ruggeri and Training Committee Chair Cleighton Smith proudly accepted the award on behalf of the New Jersey non-profit. “This award is a great honor, and we are thrilled to be nationally recognized for our commitment to training and increasing the number of Certified Floodplain Managers (CFMs) in the state of New Jersey,” said Ruggeri.
Since its founding in 2006, NJAFM has focused on reducing the loss of life and property damage resulting from floods, while encouraging sound floodplain management at all levels of government. To help accomplish this goal, NJAFM has conducted CFM training sessions throughout the state. In addition, NJAFM recently awarded scholarships to 11 community officials to cover CFM training and exam costs and “this really got us national attention” Smith commented.
NJAFM’s efforts have generated impressive results. In 2005, there were only five CFMs in New Jersey. In the past five years, CFM certifications have dramatically increased. Currently there are 119 CFMs in the state, largely due to the active role NJAFM has played in promoting training and certification. During this same time period, the adjacent states of New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware have also made use of the training courses held by NJAFM, and expanded their CFM enrollments in the process. The up-to-date roster of CFMs for each state is posted at http://floods.org/Certification/certlist.asp.
By having a Certified Floodplain Manager on staff, local communities can better administer sound floodplain construction practices that are increasingly beneficial for downstream communities as well. Ultimately, increasing the number of communities with CFMs will improve the effectiveness of flood hazard avoidance and mitigation on a larger scale. After receiving the award, Ruggeri stated, “The John Ivey Award is a nice reminder of the tremendous progress we’ve made in such a short period of time, but there is still work to be done.” Over the years ahead, NJAFM is dedicated to continue the promotion of CFM certifications throughout New Jersey and the surrounding region.
For more on NJAFM, please visit the Association’s website: www.njafm.org.
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