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  • October 22, 2021 10:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Elizabeth Lacey, ASFPM Foundation Future Leaders Scholarship Recipient, shares her experiences as a 2021 Summer Intern with Michael Baker International

    This summer I had the opportunity for an in-person internship with Michael Baker International that came through my professional networking with members of the ASFPM Foundation. This was only financially possible because the Foundation invited me to stay in its DC-based corporate apartment for the months I was there. Travelling to and living in the historic Washington, D.C. area this summer was one of the most positive and fascinating experiences that I have had. That, coupled with the tremendous team I worked with at Michael Baker and my mentor, Allison Andrews, reinforced my desire to pursue Civil Engineering. I am profoundly grateful to the ASFPM Foundation for the opportunity to expand my knowledge and learn how my degree can be applied in a real-world setting.

    The two main projects that I worked on were determining the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) for a 100-year flood in different areas and working on the hydraulics and hydrology of a bridge project. I learned much about the different types of programs and analysis methods that can be used to determine the BFE, and how to determine whether a structure or property was above or below that BFE. I also learned how to use HEC-RAS and the process of determining the impact of a bridge on water surface elevations and pier scour. Learning hydraulics and hydrology in a practical setting this summer has helped prepare me for my senior classes at Colorado State University. My on-the-job understanding of hydraulics and hydrology has transformed the theoretical knowledge of the textbook. Equally exciting was the opportunity to travel to downtown Washington to see firsthand FEMA Headquarters (see photo).

    Throughout this summer, I was able to go in person to my internship and explore the Washington area, paying close attention to the COVID requirements that kept me safe. One of the most meaningful places to me was the National Mall, with the profound writings of those who walked before me and are honored in all the memorials and monuments. Experiencing the view at the top of the Washington Monument was one of my favorite things in that it showed me the bird’s-eye view of our Nation’s beginnings in the form of the beautiful City of Washington, and how it still thrives today. It was especially interesting to learn about the different ways that flooding has affected the monuments and memorials and how floodplain management has helped prevent some catastrophic events.

    As I toured Washington and floated on the Potomac River on the ferry, the bridges and water management projects were a site to behold. Touring around Alexandria, VA and going to the Wharf to look out over the Potomac River was a fulfilling experience as I contemplated the older technology and methods that have been displaced by the current civil engineering methods.

    I am looking forward to continuing to work with Michael Baker for the depth of projects they manage for their clients, and count it a privilege to be a part of the ASFPM Foundation. My partnering with both these organizations has allowed me to learn more about floodplain management than I would have merely in a college textbook! I am grateful to the ASFPM Foundation for the tremendous opportunity and the scholarship, which allowed me to take my desire to help others, which sprang from my family’s challenges with Hurricane Katrina 16 years ago, and see it come to fruition. 

  • June 08, 2021 11:17 AM | Lori Laster (Administrator)

    ASP Enterprises is currently seeking candidates for Outside Technical Sales Representative. Click here for more information.

  • March 22, 2021 7:16 AM | Lori Laster (Administrator)

    In conjunction with our Annual Conference, we will have a Virtual Tour featuring some of the best projects to manage flooding and stormwater. 

    How it works: we'll play a video of each project, narrated by the project designers and owners. These videos can be either 25 minutes or 50 minutes in length. Then at the end of the video, we'll have a live Q&A session.

    Do you have an amazing project? Do you have the ability to film it? Then we would love to include you as part of the tour. If you have an idea but are unsure about the technical details of filming, let us know and we can work through it with you.

    The live event will be held on July 21. We are looking for sites to be submitted no later than May 1.  You will be notified if you are selected no later than May 21, 2021  with final videos submitted by July 12, 2021.  Click here to submit your project. 

  • February 25, 2021 2:46 PM | Lori Laster (Administrator)

    The Nebraska Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association (NeFSMA) is pleased to announce the call for abstracts for our 2021 Annual Conference on July 22, 2021. NeFSMA is seeking professional and student abstracts for oral presentations that are applicable to one of the conference topic areas listed below. The conference welcomes presenters from students and professionals in Nebraska and across the United States.

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Real World Projects: We would like to have a particular focus placed on project results, successes including beneficial partnerships, and lessons learned overall rather than the project process. Additionally, higher consideration will be given to abstracts and presentations that include input and participation from the project sponsors (i.e., communities or agencies involved).

    Instructions for Submitting Abstracts:

    Abstracts must be submitted online by clicking here and filling out the form. Submissions 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. The form will also request input for virtual presentation preference if we must transition the conference to a virtual format.

    Most of the 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.

    Abstracts must be received by 5:00 P.M. Wednesday, April 14, 2021. You will be notified no later than April 23, 2021 and will receive further guidelines for preparation of presentations. The registration fees for one presenter per presentation 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 Paul Woodward at pwoodward@papionrd.org.

    Conference Logistics:

    The conference will be held at the Younes Conference Center (map) in Kearney, Nebraska on July 22, 2021. Be on the lookout for more information including registration details in the coming weeks.

    COVID-19 Information:

    The safety, health and well-being of our attendees has always been the top priority and we will continue to monitor CDC and local city/state guidelines. At this time, we are unsure if we will have a full, in-person conference, a virtual conference, or a hybrid event. We will be making the decision no later than May 1, 2021.

    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!

  • February 25, 2021 1:44 PM | 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.

  • February 10, 2021 10:40 AM | Lori Laster (Administrator)

    The ASFPM Foundation is the non-profit organization that assists the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) with education and outreach. Since becoming the Nebraska state chapter of ASFPM in 2010, NeFSMA has supported the foundation in various ways. 

    Click here for the 2020 Annual Report to see what the Foundation accomplished last year.

  • June 25, 2020 10:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Attention NeFSMA members! We need your help reporting implementation ready stormwater projects for consideration of inclusion in the next stimulus bill by July 3rd. See message below.

    Important Message from NMSA's (National Municipal Stormwater Alliance) Seth Brown for all MS4s

    Please read Seth Brown's message below, it may be applicable to a project you are working on.

    "NMSA Members and Friends of NMSA,

    The National Municipal Stormwater Alliance (NMSA) is requesting information about local stormwater projects. Specifically, NMSA needs your assistance to prepare an estimate of the total value of “implementation-ready” stormwater projects across the U.S. in an effort to advocate for funding for these types of projects at the federal level. A web page has been established to enter information about your projects - see link below.


    The total value of implementation-ready projects will provide information needed by the U.S. Congress as they consider funding of public infrastructure projects as part of an economic stimulus bill likely to be finalized in late summer or early fall of 2020.

    It is common practice to utilize state revolving fund project lists when estimating funding needed for water sector infrastructure projects across the country. Stormwater projects, unfortunately, are chronically underrepresented in these lists. Therefore, NMSA is using the established online portal to create a list of ready-to-go stormwater projects to address this gap in information. This information will be compiled and sent to key Congressional contacts to be incorporated into the anticipated stimulus bill. Please submit your information by July 3. Also, please feel free to share the website link and information to as many others as you can to help us capture the full estimated value of implementation-ready projects across the country."

    Seth Brown, NMSA

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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

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