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  • May 26, 2020 10:37 AM | Lori Laster (Administrator)

    Due to limitations on in-person gatherings, the Association of State Floodplain Managers has provided some alternate ways to gain your required continuing education credits (CECs).  Please check out the Training Tab on ASFPM's website if you are in need of CECs prior to your renewal date.

    Additionally, ASFPM maintains a calendar of events that includes events by other ASFPM Chapters and organizations that may be useful to you. 

    We will continue to forward other opportunities to you as we become aware of them.

  • May 07, 2020 3:34 PM | Lori Laster (Administrator)

    This week the NeFSMA Board of Directors made the decision to cancel the 12th Annual Conference, originally scheduled for July 23, 2020. With so much uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 virus, we felt that this was the right course of action for the safety of our members and conference guests.

    At this time, we are continuing to plan for our Annual Membership Meeting on November 19, 2020 at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum.

    For Certified Floodplain Managers, we know you may be concerned about meeting all your continuing education requirements. We will be sending information regularly over the next few months about online training opportunities. Additionally, we will look to expand the number of credits available at the Annual Membership Meeting and are considering if we may be able to offer webinars to help you maintain your certification.

    Please watch your emails and our website for more information about upcoming events. We appreciate your understanding and patience.


  • April 16, 2020 1:08 PM | Lori Laster (Administrator)

    During this time of uncertainty, NeFSMA's board of directors is continuing to monitor guidelines issued for meetings and gatherings. Currently our 12th Annual Conference is scheduled for July 23, 2020.

    However, we will be meeting on May 5, 2020 to make a final decision on whether to move forward with that date or consider an alternate date that would combine our conference and our membership meeting.

    At this time, we ask that you still submit your conference abstracts by 5 pm on April 22, 2020. Click here for more information about the conference and abstract submittal.

    We hope that you are all staying safe during this difficult time.

    NeFSMA Board of Directors


  • December 17, 2019 11:45 AM | Lori Laster (Administrator)

    The City of Sioux City, Iowa has a job opening for an Environmental Service Program & Development Manager.  The selected candidate will  be responsible for the review and development of plans, stormwater management and MS4 permit oversight, stormwater pollution prevention plan reviews, solid waste contracts and recycling. The person selected will develop and oversee an operating budget in excess of $5 million. Experience with budgeting and project oversight is preferred.

    Click here for more information. 

  • March 20, 2019 10:54 AM | Lori Laster (Administrator)

    In light of the recent flooding events in Nebraska, several fundraisers have been set up on Facebook.  NeFSMA has not had any part in these fundraisers; they have been coordinated by people who are wanting to help with recovery efforts.  From discussions with Network for Good, a company that helps Facebook to process online donations, it appears that some of them are legitimate fundraisers and that NeFSMA will receive the funds.  HOWEVER, we cannot guarantee that all of them are.  Please use caution if you see one of these on Facebook.

    While we are very grateful for the support that has been shown through Facebook fundraisers, we are not an aid or relief organization. Our main focus is on educating Nebraska’s professionals who work in all aspects of floodplain and stormwater management. Any funds that we receive through these fundraisers will be donated to American Red Cross or similar local aid organization to make sure that they are used to help people in Nebraska.

  • February 06, 2019 9:32 AM | Lori Laster (Administrator)

    Call for Abstracts

    Nebraska Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association

    Eleventh Annual Conference

    “What Can Green Do For You?”

    July 11, 2019

    Lied Lodge

    Nebraska City, NE


    The Nebraska Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association (NeFSMA) is pleased to announce the call for abstracts for our Eleventh Annual Conference.  NeFSMA is seeking professional and student abstracts for oral presentations that are applicable to one of the three conference topic areas listed below. This year’s conference theme is: “What Can Green Do For You?”. Presentations with an emphasis on green space and green infrastructure links to stormwater and floodplain management in riverfront and community space development will be given priority in abstract selection. The conference welcomes presenters from inside and outside Nebraska.

    Ø  Floodplain: Risk Management, Mapping and Flood Risk Mitigation:  All aspects of floodplain management and mapping relevant to the local floodplain manager, planner, or engineer including but not limited to: minimum floodplain compliance standards, higher standards such as no adverse impact, floodplain mapping and related activities such as LOMCs, flood insurance, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, NFIP reform, activities or projects related to flood risk mitigation either pre- or post- flood event, or the NFIP’s Community Rating System.

    Ø  Stormwater: Quantity and Quality Management:  All aspects of stormwater management relevant to regulators, consultants, and developers.  This includes discussion on policy, regulations, science, best practices and projects related to stormwater quantity, quality, and/or related infrastructure. 

    Ø  What Can Green Do For You?: This year we would like to highlight successes and lessons learned in addressing stormwater and floodplain challenges and implementation successes in community-wide riverfront (including other major drainageways through communities) and community green space development.  What programs or projects have been implemented at the local level? Have partnerships among communities and other organizations been helpful to implement programs to address issues unique to your area?

    Instructions for Submitting Abstracts:

    Abstracts must be submitted online by clicking here and filling out the form. Abstracts in other formats will not be considered.  You will be asked to provide a brief abstract of your project (please limit to 400 words) and your bio as well as contact information.

    Most presentations will be 30 minutes in length (25-minute presentation and 5 minutes for questions). However, we may have the opportunity for some longer presentations, if you are interested in a 60-minute presentation (55-minute presentation, 5 minutes for questions) make sure to request that option on the form.  Please note that all presentations may be posted to our website at www.nefsma.com following the conference so we will save a copy of your PowerPoint for posting on our webpage.

    Abstracts must be received by 5:00 P.M. Friday, April 5, 2019. Authors of abstracts accepted for presentation will be notified no later than April 19, 2019 and will receive further guidelines for preparation of presentations. The registration fees for presenters will be waived. No other expenses will be covered.  If you have any questions please contact Committee Co-Chairs, Kellan Strauch at kstrauch@usgs.gov and Rocky Keehn at rocky.j.keehn@commonsensewre.com or NeFSMA Chair John Callen at jcallen@jeo.com.

    Conference Logistics:

    The conference will be held at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center (map) Nebraska City, Nebraska on July 11, 2019.    Be on the lookout for more information including registration details in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, you can contact the Lied Lodge at 800-546-5433 to take advantage of the special NeFSMA room rate if you plan to stay overnight. 

    Sponsorship opportunities are available that support the conference and hospitality events the evening before.  If your organization or business would like to be a sponsor, please go to https://nefsma.com/Sponsorship for more information. 

    Please feel free to forward this to any colleagues or other interested groups who would consider presenting at the conference.  We're always looking for great speakers!


  • October 12, 2018 9:25 AM | Lori Laster (Administrator)

    On Wednesday, October 10, 2018, the Senate approved the biennial Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which included a provision that originated with, and was supported by NMSA. The bill, known as America's Water Infrastructure Act (S. 3021), was previously passed by the House of Representatives.

    The bill includes a new stormwater financing federal taskforce.. The WRDA sets up a task force, "composed of federal, state, and local governments and private (including nonprofit) entities to conduct a study on, and develop recommendations to improve, the availability of public and private sources of funding for the construction, rehabilitation, and operation and maintenance of stormwater infrastructure to meet the requirements of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.)”

    NMSA is dedicated to assisting permittees in implementing their stormwater programs. The task force created under the WRDA bill will assist permittees in improving funding for stormwater and helping to fulfill NMSA’s vision of providing clean water for the nation.

    This is a great step forward. Thank you for your continued support.

    Scott Taylor, P.E., D.WRE, FASCE

    Chair, National Municipal Stormwater Alliance


  • June 26, 2018 2:14 PM | Lori Laster (Administrator)

    Laurel Badura with Fish and Wildlife Service, Funk Nebraska Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District, has been added as a speaker on the Kearney High School Outdoor Learning Area (KOLA) Site Tour.  She will highlight the role of the Fish and Wildlife on this project, what they see as the future benefits to this project, and how the FWS can support these types of projects in the area. To hear Laurel and all the other great speakers we have lined up for the tour and conference click here to register.

  • May 23, 2018 2:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The "Pre-Social" Social!

    If you are a disk golfer (Frisbee golf) and would like to play one of the premier disk golf courses in Nebraska please join Chuck Chase, Outreach Coordinator, Floodplain Management Section, NE DNR, for 9 (maybe more) holes of golf at Cottonmill Park Disk Golf Course. There is no charge, you just need to bring your own disks or we will find a partner who will lend you a disk to play the course. After you are done playing disk golf, there is plenty of time to get back to the NeFSMA social at the Younes Conference Center which will go from 7 to 11 pm that evening! 

    More information for this event and registration for all of our conference activities will be available soon. If you're planning to attend the conference and will need hotel accommodations in Kearney, a block of rooms has been set up at the Fairfield Inn and Suites. Please call (308) 236-4200 and ask for the NeFSMA group rate.  

  • May 22, 2018 2:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please join us for a free workshop on Hydrology from 9:00am to noon on July 18, 2018 at the Central Community College in Kearney. This workshop will cover the most common methods of calculating the 1% Annual Chance (100-Year) flow values. The content of the course is designed to be approachable to local floodplain managers as well as insightful for engineers. Registration is required and limited to 40 individuals. Information for this and all of our conference activities will be available soon. 

    If you're planning to attend the conference and will need hotel accommodations in Kearney, a block of rooms has been set up at the Fairfield Inn and Suites. Please call (308) 236-4200 and ask for the NeFSMA group rate. 


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