AFMA Flood Zone Newsletter
Inside This Issue July 2009
2009 Fall Conference Announced  
Certified Floodplain Manager Exam  
AFMA Awards Nominations  
CoCoRaHS Network Now in Arkansas!  
2009 Fall Conference

AFMA Fall Conference
Holiday Inn Northwest Arkansas
Springdale, Arkansas

September 27 - 30, 2009

AFMAThis multi-day event provides a comprehensive review of sound floodplain management best practices, complete with expert presentations from federal agencies, other state floodplain management associations, and peers among the AFMA membership.

Topics this year include:

  • Mitigation Recovery

  • The Risk Map Program

  • Watershed Planning

  • Enforcement Procedures

  • The Basics of Paperless FIRMS

  • And much, much more!

View the 2009 AFMA fall conference agenda.

Click here to register for this event and for additional information about directions and hotel accommodations.

Important Dates

  • Register before September 11, 2009 and take advantage of the early-bird discount rate!

  • Hotel reservation deadline: August 29, 2009

  • Conference registration deadline: Registrations must be postmarked by September 18, 2009.
CFM Exam Registration

Sunday, September 27
Springdale Room
Holiday Inn Northwest Arkansas
1:00 - 4:00 pm

CFMThe Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) program was created by AFMA to raise and maintain the professional standards of those individuals that manage floodplains, wetlands and watersheds within the state of Arkansas. The program is designed to certify competency with the basic principles of sound floodplain management as mandated and encouraged by the NFIP.

To register for this exam, please contact CFM Program Manager Mike Borengasser.

CFM© is a registered trademark of
the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM).
2009 AFMA Awards Nominations

2009 AFMA Awards Luncheon
Tuesday, September 29
Ballroom ABC
Holiday Inn Northwest Arkansas

12:00 – 1:45 pm

AFMA Awards

Honoring communities, individuals, corporations and agencies that excel in the field of floodplain management, AFMA solicits nominations from among its membership for recognition at the annual awards luncheon. The program is a great way to promote flood safe communities and the professionals that make it happen.

Make your nominations now!

CoCoRaHS Network Now in Arkansas

CoCoRaHSThe Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network has expanded its program to Arkansas. This is a volunteer effort using low-cost measurement tools and an interactive web site to provide quality data for natural resource and research applications.

Volunteers Wanted           What It's All About

As the state climatologist, Mike Borengasser is coordinating Arkansas' participation in this worthwhile effort. A denser network of rain gauges can help forecast and analyze flooding. Become part of the group collecting and reporting rainfall in your area! Arkansas currently has 102 volunteers after only 2 months into the project. Some recorded nearly 15 inches of rain in May

From the Chair
As we are now two-thirds through summer, our thoughts turn toward the fall and our premier event of the year: the annual AFMA fall conference. In our return to beautiful Northwest Arkansas, the conference committee has developed what is sure to be another great floodplain management program you wonít want to miss.
Hosted at the Holiday Inn Northwest Arkansas in Springdale September 27 Ė September 30, the 2009 AFMA fall conference has been structured to provide maximum value for the organizationís members at a price that fits every municipal budget. In short, we have not raised attendance fees for the conference and room rates are under $100.
We are painfully aware of municipal budgets that have been slashed across the board and know that travel is usually the first to suffer in those cuts. AFMA is dedicated to furthering the education of its membership and the organization has taken steps to help make the annual fall conference more affordable for everyone.
Much to their credit, the AFMA conference committee has successfully negotiated contracts with facilities in Arkansas for future events that offer very nice meeting accommodations and room rates at a cost even lower than what you will pay this year. Additionally, we do not plan on raising the conference attendance rates any time in the foreseeable future.
It is my pleasure to announce that registration for the 2009 fall conference is now officially open. Please click here to begin your registration process. We are happy to offer the option of paying by credit/debit card in lieu of paying by check. We realize that not everyone can take advantage of this time saving feature, but many of you have and Iím sure you will agree it is most convenient.
We have a complete schedule of speakers ready to bring you up-to-date on the latest floodplain management news and information. This year we are again featuring a unique field session in place of our traditional Monday afternoon breakout sessions.
Join us for a guided tour of municipal mitigation efforts in private developments throughout Benton County that includes a stop at the recently opened observation deck overlooking the Crystal Bridges Museum. Weíll also take a look at Blossom Way Creek, a tributary that meanders through the Pinnacle Hills development area and runs past the new Mercy Hospital.
Additional highlights of the 2009 fall conference include the AFMA awards luncheon where communities, individuals, corporations and agencies that excel in the field of floodplain management are recognized.
AFMA is now soliciting nominations from among its membership. You may nominate anyone involved in floodplain management. Including yourself. Click here to do just that.
If you have been studying to become a CFM, the certification exam will be held during the 2009 fall conference on Sunday, September 27 at 1:00 p.m. You can find additional information about this process, including all the forms you need, by visiting the CFM program section of our web site.
Whether you are renewing your certification or seeking to become a certified floodplain manager for the first time, this is your one-source location for applications and forms you need to complete the process.
A reminder that if you are a CFM and have created a free user account, you can now monitor the status of your certification. We have uploaded continuing education credits (CECs) for each account. Maintaining your certification has never been easier!
Jim Narey, CFM
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