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  • 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. 


  • May 03, 2018 7:49 AM | Lori Laster (Administrator)

    Have you ever wanted to see a stormwater outfall up close and personal?  If the answer is yes, you're in luck!

    On July 18, 2018 (just one day before our 10th Annual Conference) you can join NeFSMA in a kayak tour of Kearney Canal. This canal is a major drainage way in Kearney.  The NPPD Tailrace joins with Turkey Creek which is the beginning of the North Channel of the Platte River.  

    On the tour, you will see clean-up efforts undertaken by the Kearney Whitewater Association and much of Kearney's stormwater system.

    The tour will start at 6:00 pm on July 18, 2018 and take about 1.5 hours.  No kayak experience is needed.  The cost of the tour is $30 per person and space is limited to the first 30 people who register.  Registration 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.

  • March 27, 2018 7:21 AM | Lori Laster (Administrator)
    Mark your calendar for July 18, 2018! In conjunction with our Annual Conference in Kearney, we will be offering a great green infrastructure tour.


    The tour will include four sites in Kearney, including projects at Kearney Public Works, Central Community College, and Kearney High School.


    All the tour details and registration information will be available in early May.  You don't want to miss it!

  • March 16, 2018 9:30 AM | Lori Laster (Administrator)

    NeFSMA is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for our Tenth Annual Conference, "Nebraska's Water: Management at the Local Level" on July 19, 2018 in Kearney, Nebraska.

    Click here for abstract submittal information.

    Abstracts must be received by 5:00 P.M. Friday, April 13, 2018. Authors of abstracts accepted for presentation will be notified no later than April 26, 2018 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, 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 Younes Conference Center (http://www.younes.com/) in Kearney, Nebraska on July 19, 2018. There will be an educational workshop and a tour prior to the conference on July 18, 2018. Be on the lookout for more information including registration details in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can contact the Fairfield Inn and Suites at (308) 236-4200 to take advantage of the special NeFSMA room rate if you plan to stay overnight.

    We also plan to have a hospitality room at the conference center the evening of July 18. If your organization or business would like to be a sponsor for the social please go to https://nefsma.com/Sponsorship for more information.



  • November 30, 2017 3:29 PM | Lori Laster (Administrator)

    The Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) exam will be offered in Omaha on January 31, 2018 at the Papio-Missouri River NRD (8901 S. 154th St., Omaha). We will offer a study session beforehand. The schedule is below:

    8:30 – 11:30 – study session

    11:30 – 12:45 – lunch on your own

    1:15 – 4:15 – Exam

    For more information on applying for and preparing for the exam, see the following links. Please note that all applications to take the exam must go through ASFPM and be received two weeks prior to the exam date. If you are not on the ASFPM approved list, you will not be able to take the exam. Applications need to be submitted by January 17, 2018 in order to be considered. Costs for the exam are lower if you are an ASFPM member, however, you do not need to be a member to take the exam.

    Application Information: http://www.floods.org/index.asp?menuid=405&firstlevelmenuid=180&siteid=1

    Exam Prep Guide: http://www.floods.org/index.asp?menuID=215&firstlevelmenuID=180&siteID=1- preparation materials

    NFIP Desk Reference: http://www.floods.org/index.asp?menuid=388&firstlevelmenuid=180&siteid=1- preparation materials

    Please contact Chuck Chase at Nebraska DNR at chuck.chase@nebraska.gov or (402) 471-9422 with any questions.


  • February 10, 2017 3:55 PM | Lori Laster (Administrator)

    This year's ASFPM conference will be held in Kansas City and we'd love to see a great turnout from Nebraska!


    This is the world's largest and most comprehensive floodplain management conference. The conference will be April 30 - May 5, 2017, at the Kansas City Convention Center in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. 


    This year's theme is "Managing Flood Risk in the Heartland" and will feature several presentations from our very own members on a variety of topics.  This conference isn't just for floodplain administrators.  Engineers, planners, surveyors, stormwater managers and many others can benefit from the broad range of session topics and workshops.


    We encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to attend this national conference so close to home!


    For more information about the conference or to register, please go to www.asfpmconference.org.


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