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  • Wednesday, August 25, 2010 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    Flood insurance claims
    The number of "repetitive-loss" insurance claims filed by property owners in each state since 1978:
    (A "repetitive-loss" property is a property that has received two claims worth $1,000 or more each in any 10-year period. The claims are filed with the National Flood Insurance Program, which is run by FEMA.)

    For more information, check out the article.

  • Friday, August 06, 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The NJAFM is very excited to inform you that the NJAFM Board has decided to continue sponsoring the scholarship program for eligible local officials to obtain their Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) designation. The CFM Program was established by the Association of State Floodplain Managers, Inc. (ASFPM) to improve the knowledge and abilities of floodplain managers in the United States.

    The scholarship ($455 value) will cover the costs of the CFM technical training and review course sponsored by NJAFM ($225), the ASFPM CFM exam application fee ($100), the 2010 membership dues to the national ASFPM ($100) and the 2010 membership dues to NJAFM ($30). Associated payments will be made directly by NJAFM on behalf of the local official. NJAFM will be hosting their next 2-day CFM review course on September 14, and 15, 2010 at the Jacques Cousteau Coastal Center in Tuckerton, NJ. The CFM exam will be given in the afternoon of the second day of our annual conference (October 15, 2010 at the Palace in Somerset Park, NJ).

    Local officials interested in applying for the CFM scholarship opportunity for the September 2010 course and October 2010 exam should complete and submit their NJAFM scholarship application and supporting forms by September 3, 2010. Applications can be submitted either by e-mail to or by facsimile to (609) 984-1908. New registrations for NJAFM membership should be completed online at In addition, please mail an original signed copy of the ASFPM Membership and CFM exam application form to: ASFPM, 2809 Fish Hatchery Road, Suite 204, Madison, WI 53713.

    Scholarship recipients will be chosen by the NJAFM Board and announced by September 7, 2010. Scholarship applications that are received after the September 3, 2010 deadline may be considered for the October exam on a case by case basis or for future course and exam schedule dates.

    For more information on NJAFM, please visit For additional information on the ASFPM CFM program, check out our CFM Certification page or the ASFPM website.

    2010 Local Official Scholarship Application--July 2010.pdf

  • Thursday, July 22, 2010 9:38 AM | Anonymous

    EDA Offers Grants through Climate Change Mitigation Fund

    The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) advances economic growth by assisting communities experiencing chronic high unemployment and low per capita income to create an environment that fosters innovation, promotes entrepreneurship, and attracts increased private capital investment. EDA requests proposals for the following programs: Public Works, Planning, Local Technical Assistance, and Economic Adjustment Assistance. Under the Economic Adjustment Assistance program, EDA has allocated $14.7 million to the Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund, which supports projects that foster economic competitiveness while enhancing environmental quality. Proposals are being accepted from state and local governments, and nonprofit organizations and are being reviewed on an ongoing basis. For more info, including contact info, go to: 48106.

    Eligible Applicants:

    • City or township, county, and special district governments
    • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
    • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
    • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
    • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
    • Private institutions of higher education

    Application Deadline: September 30, 2010


    Patagonia Environmental Grants Program

    The Patagonia Environmental Grants Program provides support to small, grassroots activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working on multi-pronged campaigns to protect the environment. Patagonia funds local groups working to protect local habitats in the United States and Canada, as well as in targeted countries around the world. The company is most interested in supporting organizations that work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Most grants are in the range of $3,000 to $8,000. Proposals are accepted through the Patagonia website during the months of April and August each year, and must be submitted by April 30 or August 31. (Applications are accepted year-round at local retail Patagonia stores.) For more information:

    Funds work that:

    • is action-oriented
    • builds public involvement and support
    • is strategic
    • focuses on root causes
    • accomplishes specific goals and objectives

    Application Deadline: August 31, 2010


    Ameriprise Grants Enhance Company Communities

    The Ameriprise Financial Community Relations Program is committed to giving back to company communities throughout the United States by supporting nonprofit organizations whose shared goal is to improve the lives of individuals from all walks of life. The company's community outreach focuses on three key priorities: The Meeting Basic Needs category focuses on programs that help at-risk populations stabilize their lives and become more self-sufficient. The Supporting Community Vitality category promotes programs that build strong communities by creating economic vitality and cultural enrichment. The Volunteer Driven Causes category provides grants to nonprofit organizations where company employees, advisors, or retirees volunteer. Requests are reviewed three times per year. Visit the company’s website to submit an online application:

    Eligibility: Ameriprise Financial provides support to a diverse group of nonprofit organizations whose missions align with our philanthropic priorities. We prefer to direct our funding resources to specific projects that can demonstrate innovative approaches with measurable results or capacity building rather than general operating support. Ameriprise funds work that focuses on three key priorities:

    • Meeting Basic Needs
    • Supporting Community Vitality
    • Environmental Awareness: Expressing the company's commitment to the environment, primarily through the education and volunteer efforts of our employees and advisors
    • Volunteer Driven Causes

    Application Deadline: September 1, 2010

  • Tuesday, July 20, 2010 12:04 PM | Anonymous

    FY10 Flood Mapping Progress Report and Production Plan Now Available

    The FY10 Flood Mapping Progress Report and Production Plan details FEMA’s progress in prioritizing and delivering modernized flood maps for areas of the United States with the greatest flood risk. The Report provides an update on performance in the Flood Map Modernization Program and the strategy for prioritizing and initiating coastal, levee, and riverine flood engineering and map data updates for Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP).  The Report provides U.S. Maps depicting map production progress, planned updates, and an appendix that lists by State and county all scheduled and completed flood map production activities.   You can view the Report and related documents in the FEMA Library by clicking here.  Specific questions regarding flood map production activities may be directed to the appropriate FEMA Regional office.

  • Monday, July 19, 2010 9:32 AM | Anonymous

    Obama Administration Announces Final Recommendations of the Ocean Policy Task Force
    July 19, 2010

    The White House Council on Environmental Quality just announced the release of the final report of the President’s Ocean Policy Task Force which establishes the country’s first comprehensive national policy for the stewardship of the oceans, our coasts and the Great Lakes. This national policy will set the United States on a new path toward comprehensively planning for the conservation and sustainable use of the ocean. Americans want clean beaches, abundant seafood and wildlife, a robust economy and jobs and recreational opportunities from our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes areas. This National Policy provides a lasting foundation to help achieve these.

    Please see the Press Release here:

    The full report can be found at

  • Monday, July 12, 2010 11:37 AM | Anonymous

    CWNS 2008 Report to Congress

    The Clean Watersheds Needs Survey (CWNS) 2008 Report to Congress (PDF) (154 pp, 12823K, About PDF) summarizes the results of EPA's 15th national survey of capital costs to address water quality or water quality related public health problems. The total wastewater and stormwater management needs for the nation are $298.1 billion as of January 1, 2008. This amount includes $192.2 billion for wastewater treatment plants, pipe repairs, and buying and installing new pipes; $63.6 billion for combined sewer overflow correction; and $42.3 billion for stormwater management. Small communities have documented needs of $22.7 billion.

    In addition to the $298.1 billion in wastewater and stornwater needs, other documented needs for nonpoint source pollution prevention ($22.8 billion) and decentralized wastewater (septic) systems ($23.9 billion) are included in Appendix A of the report. An estimated $334.5 billion and $81.5 billion in needs are potentially eligible for assistance from EPA's Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Nonpoint Source Control Grant programs respectively. PDF files of
    individual chapters and appendices are also available.

    For more information about CWNS 2008 Report see:

    CWNS 2008 Data

    Data and reports can be access easily and quickly through the following four options:

    • Facility/Project Fact Sheet shows CWNS data for an individual wastewater treatment plant, collection system, stormwater management facility, decentralized wastewater management project, or nonpoint source (NPS) pollution prevention project
    • Summary Report displays selected CWNS data for chosen geographic areas in bar graphs and pie charts
    • Detail Report displays selected CWNS data for chosen geographic areas. The output is displayed in tables which can be exported as csv files
    • Data Download provides a downloadable Access database of all available data elements for a selected geographic area (state or nation)
    For additional information, go to
  • Monday, June 21, 2010 2:11 PM | Anonymous

    SOMERSET, N.J. -- The deadline for flood survivors to register for federal disaster assistance is Thursday, July 1, 2010, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) announced today. 

    Homeowners, renters, and business owners who suffered losses in the  mid-March floods and who live in Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset and Union counties may be eligible for disaster assistance.

    "Time is running out for New Jersey residents and business owners affected by this disaster to register for federal assistance and start on the road to recovery,” said NJOEM State Coordinating Officer Lt. Bill McDonnell. “We urge all flood survivors to register before it’s too late.”

    After a federal disaster is declared in an area, many forms of assistance become available to help individuals and families recover and rebuild. The Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides funds directly to households affected by a disaster, to assist with minor repairs and clean-up, rental assistance for temporary housing, and other disaster-related needs. To date, more than $15.1 million has been disbursed through IHP to eligible New Jersey flood survivors.

    In addition to IHP, low-interest disaster loans are available through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA loan applications are given to eligible applicants. If an SBA loan application is received, it should be completed and mailed in immediately. Even if the loan is denied, by submitting the application, registrants may become eligible for additional grants to assist with disaster-related needs.

    New Jersey flood survivors can register for aid or check the status of their application by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for people who are deaf, hard of hearing and/or have speech disabilities (for relay service, call 711 or 1-800-852-7897) between 7 a.m. and 1 a.m., seven days a week. Multi-lingual operators are available to answer calls during this time. Residents may also register online anytime at

     "More than 12,000 flood survivors have registered for assistance since this disaster was declared on April 2, and we urge those who haven’t yet done so to register before the July 1 deadline,” said Federal Coordinating Officer William L. Vogel. “While the deadline to register is July 1, FEMA will always be here to help. Flood survivors who want to follow up on their applications or have their questions answered will always find that help is just a toll-free phone call or mouse click away.”

    FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders and to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

    Release Number: 1897-052

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  • Friday, June 18, 2010 3:22 PM | Chris Gould

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey New Jersey Water Science Center will be holding two information sessions on the new StreamStats application for New Jersey. The first session will be held at Montclair State University, Calcia Hall, Thursday July 15, 2010 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. A second session will be held at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Public Hearing Room, Friday July 23, 2010 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

    StreamStats is a Web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) application developed through a cooperative effort of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI). The application provides users with access to an assortment of analytical tools that are useful for water-resources planning and management. StreamStats makes the process of computing streamflow statistics for ungaged sites much faster, more accurate, and more consistent than previously used manual methods. It also makes streamflow statistics for gaged sites available without the need to locate, obtain, and read the publications in which they were originally provided. StreamStats delineates drainage basin boundaries and measures basin characteristics for any user selected site. The

    StreamStats web application can be accessed at

    The StreamStats program has incorporated updated peak flow regression equations to estimate flood magnitudes at the 2-, 5-, 10-, 25-, 50-, 100-, and 500-year recurrence intervals for unregulated or slightly regulated streams in New Jersey through the use of the USGS National Streamflow Statistics Program (NSS). These equations were developed by the USGS, in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The final equations are presented in the USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2009-5167 (

    For additional information, please contact:

    Kara M. Watson
    U.S. Geological Survey
    New Jersey Water Science Center
    810 Bear Tavern Rd., Suite 206
    West Trenton, NJ 08628
    (609) 771-3919

    John H. Moyle, P.E.
    Manager, Dam Safety and Flood Control
    Office of Engineering and Construction
    Department of Environmental Protection
    PO Box 419
    501 East State Street
    Trenton, NJ 08625

  • Wednesday, June 02, 2010 11:10 AM | Anonymous

    Oklahoma City, OK, May 20th, 2010The 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


    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:


    For copy of press release, click here.

  • Tuesday, May 18, 2010 11:27 AM | Anonymous

    October 14 & 15, 2010

    Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ

    This Call for Presentations is your invitation to join a broad range of professionals in New Jersey to be part of a dialogue to address issues associated with floodplain and emergency management. The presentations and attendees will include elected officials, scientists, engineers, surveyors, regulators, code officials, emergency managers, insurance agents, real estate agents, land use board members, conservationists, public works managers and vendors. Concurrent sessions, plenary sessions, networking events and a comprehensive exposition of products and services provide an enticing forum for exchange of information.


    For more information, click here.


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