Riley Mondloch, PE - SEH, Inc.
Thank you again for the funding to attend.
On the first day I attended the regional discussion session, mapping and engineering policy discussion and the stormwater management, no adverse impact, and natural and beneficial functions policy discussion. The mapping and engineering policy discussion had several FEMA members primarily answering questions about the transition from 1D to 2D modeling. They seem to be aware of the concerns around 2D modeling, but kept making the point that it will take a long time to get all of that fully incorporated into the existing systems. They’re open to people joining the policy group meetings on 2D mapping, so that’s something I’ll be doing more in the future. The corps is developing a 2D floodway tool, but there isn’t a lot of public info on it. FEMA will stop producing binary products (FIRM Maps) at some point in the future, and they’ll decide when that will be in 2024.
There were a number of other future developments mentioned at various points that are worth keeping an eye on. Atlas 14 depths are acknowledged as being out of date by 10-50 year, and congress has recognized the need for federal funding in the infrastructure act, so modernized NOAA precipitation studies are expected in the future. These will also incorporate a future conditions element. FEMA is developing a nature based solutions resource.
I attended the all chapter meeting. MnAFPM was recognized as a bronze sponsor (>$500 in donations), for which a certificate was given. One big change is that the chapters are being redistricted. Minnesota will be grouped together with Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. This is still being finalized and an email will be sent out when it is official. The chapter meeting also had speakers from the recently adopted committee on social justice. I have the contact info of the leaders and will provide that to anyone who may be interested in joining. It sounds like ASFPM has a number of other subcommittees, I’ll look into those more and see if there are any MnAFPM may want to get more involved in. Aside from those meetings, I primarily attended technical talks related to modeling and mapping. Looking forward to hearing from the other attendees at the next conference and board meetings.