AFMA Flood Zone Newsletter
Inside This Issue August 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

This 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.

AFMATopics 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
Registration is underway for the annual fall conference, which is being held this year in Springdale at the Holiday Inn Northwest Arkansas. Earlier this month the AFMA board met at this facility with the conference committee to review and refine the program and I know you will all be pleased with the fruits of our labor.
This year we are again featuring a Monday afternoon field session in lieu of classroom presentation-style training. Our Northwest Arkansas regional representative Troy Davis has put together a most interesting field trip that includes stops at the soon-to-be world renowned Crystal Bridges Museum construction site and the recently completed Pinnacle Hills Promenade development along Blossom Way Creek.
The Crystal Bridges site alone will simply amaze you with the level of construction activity taking place at one time. CEI Engineering Associates Project Engineer David Todd, PE, CFM will provide an interpretive presentation from a birds eye view of the site and explain the details of this project that required a conditional letter of map revision (CLOMR). The tour will begin at Compton Gardens (Northwest Arkansas’ botanical garden) with a 10-minute walk to the presentation site, which is the recently completed observation deck that provides never before seen views of this magnificent project.
The Monday afternoon field session continues over at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade development near the recently completed Mercy Hospital. Blossom Way Creek is a major tributary that winds throughout the development area and has been the subject of both a CLOMR and a LOMR as the landscape has changed over the last 7 years. Crafton Tull Sparks Engineers Project Engineer Steven Beam, PE will illustrate the challenges associated with increasing the flood capacity of the tributary to accommodate development, which included a 1000-foot re-route of the existing creek channel.
Our Monday evening social event will take place on Dixon Street in Downtown Fayetteville. Although this is a dinner-on-your-own event, AFMA is providing continual bus service between our host hotel and Dixon Street from 6:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. so everyone can enjoy themselves without worrying about navigation and parking hassles.
If you know of someone in our floodplain management community that is performing a job well done, then perhaps you might consider nominating this individual / community / organization for an AFMA award. We are always looking for mitigation success stories in addition to those who have rebuilt after taking a beating from the storm.
Please click here to make a nomination. You can even nominate yourself if you like!
Our annual awards luncheon will feature a special keynote speaker that I’m sure everyone will enjoy. Steve “Wildman” Wilson from the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission will join us to share a hilarious collection of stories, animal sounds and perhaps even some hunting & fishing tips.
Remember, registration is in progress and we want to see you in Springdale for what is sure to be another wonderful and informative event. Click here to join us now!
Jim Narey, CFM
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