Floodplain Management Committee
The goal of the FLERA Floodplains Management Committee is to promote a stronger tie between environmental resource regulation and floodplain management program responsibilities to ensure compatibility, reduce redundancy, and integrate activities to maximize effectiveness of programs that serve the public and protect floodplains. The FLERA Floodplain Committee plans to achieve these goals by
- Promoting partnerships among state and local government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions, and the private sector to ensure that local government resource managers are aware of adopted floodplain management program objectives, regulations, and available technical guidance.
- Sharing case studies and best management practices concerning the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains.
- Promoting public understanding of floodplain management and its cost/benefits to citizens and communities in achieving improved stormwater management, flood resiliency, and environmental protection.
Key Topics of Emphasis or Discussion
- Funding opportunities such as the RESTORE Act, FEMA mitigation grants and non-profit organization funding sources.
- Primary drivers and challenges such as ongoing Federal and State flood insurance program reform legislation, FEMA’s CRS program, and developmental pressures.
- Case Studies and Best Management Practice discussion
- Educational needs to support a certification program in floodplain management in coordination with the State University System.
- Open Space Cost/Benefit Study
- CRS User Groups
- True Risk in Real Estate-Cost of flood insurance when insurance is obtained true, subsidized role, CRS discount (real rate)
- BRANDES – Hazard mitigation matching grants-this year with revisions.
Darryl Boudreau, The Nature Conservancy firstname.lastname@example.org, (850) 207-4477
Lisa Foster, CFM, Floodplain Coordinator, Pinellas County email@example.com, (727) 464-8962
Nancy Rodlun, Community Outreach and Media Coordinator-Orange County Environmental Protection Division, firstname.lastname@example.org, (407) 836-1442
Christine Shephard , The Nature Conservancy, email@example.com
Bill Shultz, City of Largo, Wschultz@largo.com
Andy Squires, Pinellas County, firstname.lastname@example.org
Melanie Higgins, Quest Ecology, email@example.com
Thomas Sinett, City of Largo, Tsinett@largo.com
Khan Boupha, Jones Edmunds, firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin Morrison, UF Students, email@example.com
Janet Bowman, The Nature Conservancy, Janet_bowman@tnc.org
Cynthia M. Jolly, PE, CFM, Stormwater Management Project Manager, Pasco County
Rob Brown, Manager, Environmental Protection Division, Parks and Natural Resources Department, Manatee County, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact Darryl Boudreau at email@example.com or (850) 207-4477 to join this committee.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service – Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO) Program
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service – Flood Damage Assessment Tools