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2017 MNAFPM Conference Registration Opens September 15th

posted Sep 7, 2017, 1:01 PM by Joe Waln   [ updated Nov 14, 2017, 10:07 AM ]

The MnAFPM annual conference attendees consist of federal, state and local government officials, planners, engineers, consultants, researchers, educators, watershed organizations, realtors, appraisers, and insurance agents. The conference agenda will focus on hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, recovery programs, flood control projects, stream restorations, case studies and mapping.



The 2017 MNAFPM conference will be held at the scenic Breezy Point Resort. A limited number of hotel rooms will be available for a discounted rate of $105, which includes breakfast, until October 31st.The instructions for reserving rooms are as follows: Go to www.breezypointresort.com, select "online reservations" and enter 207048 as the Group ID

 The conference will include a floodplain management course and CFM exam as well as training sessions and a field tour.  The conference will also include vendor exhibits and networking opportunities. Register online by October 31st to get the early bird discount. For more information on the conference, see the conference brochure.

2017 MnAFPM Scholarship Opportunity for Local Officials

posted Sep 7, 2017, 12:49 PM by Joe Waln   [ updated Sep 28, 2017, 3:34 PM ]

2017 MnAFPM Annual Conference

November 15-17, 2017

Breezy Point Resort: Pequot Lakes

 We recognize that time and budget restrictions may limit the training opportunities of many community officials, particularly those in smaller jurisdictions or more rural areas.  MnAFPM would like to help by offering a scholarship to our upcoming conference: November 15-17, 2017 at Breezy Point Resort in Pequot Lakes MN. Scholarships will cover Conference Registration, which includes 2018 MnAFPM annual membership, Wednesday evening reception and lunch Thursday.  Conference participants can earn up to 12 continuing education units (CEUs). 

 

Membership in MnAFPM has many benefits, such as interacting with other communities in similar circumstances to find common solutions to floodplain management issues, as well as formal training & workshop opportunities.

 

Priority consideration will be given to:       

      Staff of communities who participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, or current Students.

      Must have at least partial responsibility with floodplain management duties.

      Those who have not previously received a MnAFPM scholarship.

 

Please email your completed application, with “MnAFPM Scholarship” in the subject line, to:

Andrea Crabtree Nayes: andrea.crabtree@ci.moorhead.mn.us


The MnAFPM Board will take applications through October 15, 2017. After reviewing and selecting up to 10 recipients, the Board will notify the selected recipients by October 20, 2017.  

2017 ASFPM Scholarship Opportunities

posted Feb 21, 2017, 6:18 AM by Joe Waln   [ updated Feb 22, 2017, 4:35 AM ]

MnAFPM will award up to three (3) scholarships to MnAFPM members to attend the 2017 ASFPM Conference 
“Managing Flood Risk in the Heartland” in Kansas City, MO, April 30-May 5, 2017.  

The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) conference is a great opportunity to network and learn more about floodplain management. The $2,200 MnAFPM scholarship can be applied towards airfare, conference registration (package or basic), hotel room, transportation between the airport and hotel, and a food per diem (up to federal allowance). ASFPM membership fees must be paid by the recipient.

Applicants MUST be a current MnAFPM member (the 2016 MnAFPM conference registration included membership dues). Recipients are expected to share an informal one to two page memo on their conference experience. Preference will be given to applicants who are or plan to be involved with MnAFPM conference planning. 

To apply, complete the form below by FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017.

Visit www.asfpmconference.org/2017/ for information and registration forms for 2017 ASFPM conference

If you have questions, contact: 
 Lisa Buchli
   Phone:  715-577-8044
lisa.a.buchli@gmail.com


2016 MnAFPM Annual Conference Labeled a Success

posted Nov 23, 2016, 12:40 PM by Flood Fight   [ updated Dec 2, 2016, 7:36 AM by Joe Waln ]



Another successful MnAFPM annual conference is in the books! The conference was held in St. Cloud, Minnesota and the action began on Tuesday night at the 2nd annual Pre-Conference Icebreaker Event. Attendees enjoyed snacks, drinks, lots of conversation, and some rousing games of bingo. Some even walked away with fabulous prizes!

The Wednesday training sessions were well attended and covered a wide variety of topics. For the first time in many years beautiful weather and mild temperatures allowed participants of the ever-popular Wednesday afternoon field tour to ditch their usual parkas and winter hats and enjoy some sunshine! The field tour included a stop at the hydrology lab on the nearby St. Cloud State University campus, where professor Jeff Cheng showed off the lab's stream table and a unique student-built system used to measure how erosion changes topography. The tour wrapped up with a presentation at Beaver Island Brewing Company where the group learned about the ways local water can affect the brewing of beer. Of course, a few participants had to test the brewery's product to see for themselves!

Wednesday evening's Exhibitor Reception included lots of yummy appetizers and drinks along with an opportunity for conference goers to catch up with old friends and meet some new colleagues. Attendees also enjoyed more than a dozen exhibitors from MN/ND engineering firms, construction material companies, and state and national organizations. A highlight of the reception was the poster session, which included St. Cloud State University students presenting their research projects and answering questions from conference attendees. What a great networking opportunity for all those (hopefully) future floodplain managers!

Thursday's conference was filled with informative and interesting plenary sessions and fantastic concurrent session presentations by MnAFPM members and non-members alike. During lunch, Patrick Shea of the St. Cloud Public Utilities Department told the group about some water-related projects going on in the city and even snuck in some "shameless promotion" of the city's many accomplishments. Hey Patrick, if we'd been voted the 2016 Minnesota State Fair People's Choice Winner for Minnesota's Best Tasting Water we'd be shouting it from the rooftops too! Congratulations St. Cloud!

The conference closed out with the presentation of some well-deserved awards. First up were the Best Speaker Awards, which included Granite City-themed trophies built by Chuck Hubbard of Braun Intertec. Winners included Adam Nies and Greg Thompson of Houston Engineering; and the first place trophy went to Rita Weaver of Minnesota DNR for her presentation "Demystifying FEMA's Non-Regulatory Products".  Last but not least, the 2016 Floodplain Manager of the Year Award was presented to Suzanne Jiwani of Minnesota DNR. Suzanne has worked tirelessly as a floodplain professional for many years and continues to be a leader in floodplain management throughout Minnesota. Congratulations Suzanne!

                                             Rita Weaver and Suzanne Jiwani with Their Awards

Thank you to all of our 2016 conference trainers, presenters, and attendees. Your enthusiasm for the protection and management of floodplains and your interest in sharing your knowledge with other floodplain professionals is what makes this conference a success year after year.


2016 MnAFPM Registration Now Open

posted Sep 15, 2016, 7:18 AM by Joe Waln   [ updated Oct 24, 2016, 9:15 AM ]


The MnAFPM annual conference attendees consist of federal, state and local government officials, planners, engineers, consultants, researchers, educators, watershed organizations, realtors, appraisers, and insurance agents. The conference agenda will focus on hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, recovery programs, flood control projects, stream restorations, case studies and mapping.




The 2016 MNAFPM conference will be held at the Best Western Plus Kelly Inn, St. Cloud. A discounted rate of $83 is available for a limited number of rooms until November 1st. Please click the link above using Internet Explorer or call the hotel directly and ask for the MNAFPM block rate.

 
The conference will include a floodplain management course and CFM exam as well as training sessions and a field tour.  The conference will also include vendor exhibits and networking opportunities. Register Online by October 31st to get the early bird discount. For more information on the conference, see the registration brochure.

2016 Student Poster Session-Call for Abstracts

posted Aug 30, 2016, 7:45 AM by Joe Waln   [ updated Aug 30, 2016, 7:47 AM ]

Minnesota Association of Floodplain Managers 2016 Annual Conference
 Call for Student Poster Abstracts
November 16-18, 2016
Best Western Kelly Inn, St. Cloud MN


MnAFPM encourages college students from various programs, including Hydrology, Engineering, Urban Planning, Water Resource Science, Emergency Management, Natural Resource Sustainability, Environmental Science, Atmospheric Science, etc., to attend the conference. On Wednesday, November 16 several training opportunities, a field tour, and evening networking social will be offered. The main conference will take place on Thursday, November 17 with plenary and concurrent sessions, networking events and a student poster session. The conference is FREE for a limited number of students.

Student Poster Abstract Topics Include

   -Natural Channel Design                 -Impacts of Recent Floods            -Urban Flooding & Drainage Systems
   -Green Infrastructure                      -Stream Restoration                     -Levee/Dam Issues
   -New Technology                            -Public Awareness/Education       -Hydrologic & Hydraulic Modeling
   -Climate Adaptation                        -Flood Protection Measures          -Climate Resilience

Abstract Submittal Process

Students wishing to participate in the poster session must submit an abstract describing the material to be presented.

Submit your abstract here


Poster abstracts are due by October 15th, 2016. The topics listed above are not intended to be comprehensive, only to give an idea of possible presentations. Posters will need to be brought to the Best Western, Kelly Inn in St. Cloud by 9am on Thursday, November 17th. Posters will be displayed along with the exhibitors. Students are encouraged to be present at their poster during short session breaks throughout the day. The conference is a great opportunity for students to network with professionals from their area of study and showcase their work. Posters can be any size as long as they can be clipped to poster board that will be set on a display easel.

For more information on the organization or conference, please click here or contact Mary Presnail for more information on the poster session.

 

2016 Call for Abstracts

posted May 25, 2016, 6:33 AM by Flood Fight   [ updated Jul 11, 2016, 8:41 AM by Joe Waln ]

Minnesota Association of Floodplain Managers 2016 Annual Conference
 Call for Abstracts and Exhibitors
November 16-18, 2016
 Kelly Inn, St. Cloud MN



MnAFPM encourages federal, state, and local government officials, planners, engineers, consultants, researchers, educators, watershed organizations, realtors, appraisers and insurance agents to attend the conference. On Wednesday, November 16 several training opportunities and a field tour will be offered. The conference will take place on Thursday, November 17 with plenary and concurrent sessions, poster session, networking events and a comprehensive products/services exposition. The CFM exam will be given on Friday, November 18.

Abstract Topics Include

           -Restoration/Mitigation Plans    -Impacts of Recent Floods        -Urban Flooding & Drainage Systems
           -Emergency Response             -Regulatory Updates                -Levee/Dam Issues
           -New Technology                     -Public Awareness/Education   -Hydrologic & Hydraulic Modeling
           -Climate Adaptation                 -Flood Protection Measures      -Climate Resilience


Abstract Submittal Process

Anyone wishing to make a presentation must submit an abstract describing the material to be presented. 

Abstracts are due by July 13, 2016. Authors selected as presenters must register for the conference.The content of concurrent sessions will be guided by the abstracts submitted by potential conference speakers. The topics listed above are not intended to be comprehensive, only to give an idea of possible presentations. The 2016 conference theme will be determined by the content of the abstracts.

Exhibitor and Sponsor Information

To receive exhibitor / sponsor information and forms call Justin Klabo at 763-463-5036 or email


For more information, please see the full Call for Abstracts.





MnAFPM/SAME May Meeting and Technical Presentation

posted May 6, 2016, 8:46 AM by Flood Fight   [ updated May 12, 2016, 9:17 AM by Joe Waln ]

Joint MnAFPM and SAME for a presentation on landslides in Minnesota

May 25, 2016
Lunch               11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Presentation     12:30pm - 1:30 pm

hosted by Barr Engineering

RSVP to Lisa Bucchli
For more details please visit the SAME Website

ASFPM Scholarship Opportunity

posted Feb 25, 2016, 6:20 AM by Flood Fight

Up to three (3) scholarships will be awarded to MnAFPM members to attend the National ASFPM Conference “Great Lakes, Grand Partners” in Grand Rapids, MI, June 19-24, 2016.  



This conference is a great opportunity to network and learn more about floodplain management. The $2,200 scholarship can be applied towards airfare, conference registration (package or basic), hotel room, transportation between the airport and hotel, and a food per diem (up to federal allowance). (ASFPM membership fees must be paid by the recipient).
 
Applicant MUST be a current MnAFPM member (the 2015 MnAFPM conference registration included membership dues) and be willing to prepare an informal 1-2 page memo on their conference experience. Preference will be given to applicants who are or plan to be involved with the MnAFPM. To apply, please complete this form by APRIL 1, 2016.  Information on the conference and registration forms is available at www.floods.org


If you have questions contact:
 Lee Rosen, PE, CFM
   Phone:  651.305.2275
   lee.rosen@respec.com

University of Madison HEC-RAS Training Opportunity

posted Feb 19, 2016, 9:00 AM by Flood Fight

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has an agreement with Association of State Floodplain Managers whereby ASFPM members can receive a $200 discount to attend various HEC-RAS classes. In addition, the HEC-RAS class has been approved for CFM credit.

The next HEC-RAS class is being offered online, starting February 24th. It contains the same content as their highly-regarded 3-day class, and includes a combination of "live" and recorded sessions over a nine week period of time.

Here is a link to the full course description:epd.engr.wisc.edu/webR898 and the link to the ASFPM member discount page:epd.engr.wisc.edu/2014asfpm

 

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