AFMA Flood Zone Newsletter
Inside This Edition December 2008
NFIP Workshop Announced Membership Renewal
AFMA Committee Chairs
NFIP Workshop Announced

Managing Floodplain Development through
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
March 17-21, 2009
Brewer – Hegeman Center
University of Central Arkansas (UCA)

This is a free FEMA course offered by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) designed to provide an organized training opportunity for officials that are responsible for administering their local floodplain management ordinances.

  • Hurry! The registration deadline is March 6, 2009.

  • CFM exam will be offered in the afternoon on the last day of class.
Click here for more information and to obtain a registration form.
Certification Committee
  Mike Borengasser
  Mike Borengasser, CFM
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Mike is the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) coordinator for the state of Arkansas. He has been employed with the Arkansas Department of Natural Resources Commission (formerly the Arkansas Soil & Water Conservation Commission) since 1981. Prior to becoming NFIP coordinator in 2004, Mike served as the NFIP coordinator from 1982 to 1990 and as a hydrologist for the state of Arkansas dam safety program from 1990 to 2000. Mike has been a certified floodplain manager since 2000 and was among the first group to be certified in Arkansas. He is the manager for the AFMA Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) program and is also responsible for administering the exams and maintaining the certification records. Mike also serves on the Certified Board of Regents (CBOR), which is the certification board for the National Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM). He has been involved with AFMA since its initial formation in 1996 and has served the organization through the years in a variety of capacities including state representative, regional representative, and treasurer.
Conference Committee
Jay Whisker
Jay Whisker, PE, CFM
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Managing daily city operations including planning, development, and floodplain management, Jay has been with the city of Jacksonville for more than six years. He previously served the city as its engineer, but left that position to take a job with a private consulting engineering firm in Little Rock. Jay returned to Jacksonville in April of 2007 to work with the mayor as the director of administration. He has been involved with AFMA since 2000 and became a certified floodplain manager in 2001. Jay has served AFMA through the years in a variety of capacities including regional representative, vice chairman, and in 2006 chairman. He is currently serving AFMA as the past chairman.
Communications Committee
  Danny Straessle
  Danny Straessle
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Danny is the Arkansas sales manager for Jacobs, a multi-discipline global engineering firm with a specialization in floodplain management. Involved with AFMA for slightly more than six years, Danny has been responsible for editing and publishing Flood Zone, the official AFMA newsletter. He also leads development efforts for the AFMA web site.
Membership Renewal Continues!
AFMA continues to be your best resource for the latest in floodplain management news and information. Take full advantage of all that AFMA has to offer by renewing your annual membership now!

This year we are pleased to announce a new payment option for renewing your membership. In addition to accepting your check, AFMA now accepts the following payment cards:

Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover

Many of the floodplain managers in Arkansas have already renewed their AFMA memberships. We hope you too have enjoyed the benefits of being an AFMA member and will decide to renew your membership as well.

Click here to begin your membership renewal process now.

Your current AFMA Membership will expire on
December 31, 2008.
From the Chair
There are times in the career of a floodplain manager when one must give pause to examine the fruits of labor. Is this crusade to promote sound floodplain management practices worth the effort? Am I the village idiot crying wolf in the middle of the night? If only these property owners understood the money they will spend for flood prevention measures will pay off in the long run!
While each of us may pose a different question, the sum of our answers is always a resounding yes! Floodplain management is well worth the effort. The evidence of saved lives and property is overwhelming.
Sure itís difficult being in the forefront of flood management best practices. No one wants to hear bad news. Especially when it comes to telling a property owner what he can or cannot do with the land he owns.
Although at times you may feel like the town crier, know that with a steadfast approach your message will eventually be heeded. Hopefully not too late for the property owner. Yes, intangibles are hard to explain, but in some strange fortune we will be able to point to the floods of 2008 in explanation of what could happen if our recommendations are ignored.
No pun intended, but as a floodplain manager, do you sometimes feel like an island with water rapidly rising all around you? Rest assured youíre not alone! As I visit with your peers across the state, I hear about the seemingly uphill battles many of you are fighting.
Fear not. AFMA is here to help. As a member of this fine organization you are among friends and colleagues that endure the same challenges on a daily basis. Many of you have taken advantage of our annual conferences and workshops, and in 2009 we will expand those offerings with regional meetings.
These meetings are opportunities for you as an individual floodplain manager to listen to the stories of others. Itís where you can seek advice from peers with similar challenges and know that you are in good company with like-minded professionals.
As 2008 draws to a close, AFMA memberships will expire on December 31st. If you havenít renewed your membership, please take a moment to do so now and maintain your involvement with our group. Who knows? Your answer to a challenge may provide a solution for someone else.
While being the bell ringer or alarm sounder of consequences is not a fun position, in the minds of many itís a necessary evil. And perhaps your mayor or judge wants you to just deal with it. Remember that AFMA is here to help. And your membership in this organization makes it possible.
Jim Narey, CFM
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