The National Flood Mitigation & FloodProofing Workshop
August 14-17. 2017
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel | Iselin, New Jersey
Flooding is the nation's #1 hazard. Add to that critical infrastructure and development that is either at moderate or high risk of flooding and it’s easy to understand why flood recovery costs to our society keep increasing. How do we mitigate against this flood risk? How do we make sure existing and new development becomes more resilient to flood hazards?
The National Flood Mitigation and Nonstructural Flood Proofing Workshop focuses on these questions. During the workshop you will learn tools, techniques and best practices that the nation’s leading floodplain managers, engineers, architects, designers, emergency managers, property managers, owners and others can use to reduce flood risk.
The workshop begins on Monday afternoon with half day technical workshops followed by an evening reception. Tuesday and Thursday feature plenary sessions, mini-workshops and break-out concurrent sessions offering detailed presentations on engineered mitigation and flood-proofing projects, policy, grant funding, natural and beneficial uses including stream restoration, mitigation planning and outreach. In keeping with tradition, all attendees are invited to participate in our Wednesday technical tours to see these techniques being applied in the field. Exhibitors will showcase their state-of-the-art materials, services, equipment, accessories and techniques early in the week at ASFPM’s first ever “Cracker Barrel” Tuesday evening. Plenty of time is planned for attendees to exchange ideas and view the exhibits, so opportunities to network will be ample, as they are at all ASFPM-sponsored events.
Registration is now open. Early bird registration rates will be available through July 31st.
June 1 - July 31, 2017
August 1 - 15, 2017
|Local General Registration (NJ or NY residents only)||$300||$375|
|One Day (avail. Mon., Tues., Wed., or Thurs.)||$200||$250|
|Student (must show proof of full-time status) ||$100||$100 |
The General Registration workshop fee includes morning and afternoon breaks, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday lunches, Monday and Tuesday evening receptions, Monday workshops, training sessions, Wednesday our and all conference materials.
One Day Registrations only receive access to functions scheduled for the day of their choosing.
If you are interested in having guests attend any of the social functions, tickets will be available for purchase at the conference registration desk on-site.
All workshop attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, speakers and presenters are required to register for the workshop!
Our program is still being finalized but see the latest draft version here: NMFPW Draft Program. Program will be updated weekly until it is set.
Technical Field Tours
Wednesday offers four technical field tours, which have become an integral part of this workshop. The field tours will run all day and no other conference functions will take place at this time so that all workshop attendees may participate.
- New York City's Coastline: Staten Island. The tour will include a combination of structural and not-structural projects and plans along the Staten Island coastline after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, including coastal protections, buyouts, elevations, and natural features, and the innovated Staten Island Blue Belt project to create natural stormwater mitigation.
- Lower Hudson River: Rockland and Westchester Counties, NY. The Hudson River is a unique estuary where fresh water and saltwater meet. River communities are concerned about sea level rise. The tour will look at both urban and natural environments, including sustainable shoreline approaches, planning challenges to a low lying tidal community of Piermont, stream daylighting in an urban environment in Yonkers, and breathtaking riverfront parkland with views of the new Tappan Zee bridge construction.
- Union Beach and Keyport, NJ: Get a true sense of what being “Jersey Strong” is all about. Come join us for an energetic tour of Union Beach, NJ, a blue-collar town along the Raritan Bay in Monmouth County that was devastated by Superstorm Sandy with a 14-foot storm surge. Bob Burlew, Chief Building Official, and others will explain the challenges they faced after the storm and how Union Beach, Keyport, and surrounding communities rebuilt and are still rebuilding. Excellent case study examples will be provided for elevation projects and dry floodproofing work with insightful discussions on how these mitigation techniques also influence flood insurance costs. As an added bonus, learn about the great work the USACE is doing to protect the community with the construction of levees, floodwalls, tide gates, and pump stations.
- Meadowlands, NJ. This two stop tour will take an in-depth look at the East Rutherford Route 17 Flood Mitigation Project and the West Riser Tide Gates. The East Rutherford Route 17 Project was completed in 2010 by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (now NJSEA), this project, which involved the installation of 11 new tide gates and culverts as well as restoration of the drainage ditches, has greatly reduced the amount of storm surge waters that reach the highway during tidal events. In 2014, construction was completed for the replacement West Rider Tide Gate, which is located along Berry's Creek near the Teterboro Airport. The tide gate helps protect Teterboro Airport and properties in Moonachie and Carlstadt from daily tidal flooding.
The workshop takes place at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, 515 US Hwy 1 South, Iselin, NJ 08830. The AAA Diamond property is located in a vibrant setting with numerous restaurants and shopping options nearby. The hotel is a 30 minute drive from Newark International Airport. The hotel provides shuttle transportation to Metro Park Train Station which connects to Amtrak and NJ Transit trains to and from Philadelphia, Newark Airport and New York Penn Station.
The current per diem rate for government employees is $108, plus tax. A limited number of per diem rooms are available. Group rate rooms are available at the negotiated price of $179 plus tax.
Attendees are strongly encouraged to make their reservations online using the links below to ensure they receive the group rate.
Reservations must be made on or before the cutoff date of July 24, 2017 to be eligible for the group rate.
Please note ASFPM will be periodically reviewing the reservation lists to ensure only current government employees are booked within the per diem block. ASFPM reserves the right to transfer non-governmental employees to the standard group block.
The Location: New Jersey
The Workshop is being conducted for the first time in the mid-Atlantic - Northeastern region of the country five years after Hurricane Sandy. Many speakers will highlight work and policy related to Sandy recovery efforts, but this is a national workshop with a national slate of speakers. The Wednesday tours will also highlight Hurricane Sandy recovery and mitigation progress during the five years since the mid-Atlantic and northeast's most catastrophic storm.
Iselin, New Jersey is one Amtrak stop south of Newark International Airport and just a short train ride from Metro Park Amtrak Station to New York City's Penn Station. Consider coming early or staying late to enjoy a late summer weekend in the Big Apple!
Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities
We are proud of the variety of exhibitors and program sponsors that the first six workshops have attracted. We have four levels of sponsorship to fit every budget. Ample space is available at the facility, and plenty of time has been built in to the schedule for attendees to visit with exhibitors and sponsors and network with colleagues and new friends. All breaks will be located in the exhibit area to maximize exposure. A new feature in 2017 is the Sponsor and Exhibitor Cracker Barrel where vendor tables will be visited in 15 minute increments, allowing vendors time to answer questions and discuss their services.
Monday, August 14: 1:00 to 5:00 Exhibitor Set Up, 5:30-7:30 Exhibitor Opening Reception
Tuesday, August 15: all day, breaks and 5:00 Networking Social and Cracker Barrel
Thursday August 17: morning, exhibitor option
Exhibitor Specs: All booth spaces include one 6' table, 2 chairs and waste basket. Space is assigned in the order applications are received at the discretion of the workshop directors. Security is provided during hours the exhibits are closed. Exhibitors receive a hard copy list of registrants' names and addresses.
For more information please check out the Sponsor & Exhibitor Form or contact Jenny at email@example.com or 608-828-6329.
Continuing Education Credits
Participation in the full workshop earns 12 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for Certified Floodplain Managers (CFMs). Training opportunities taken a la carte qualify for CECs on the basis of 1 credit per hour of instruction, up to the earning limit of 12 credits. You do NOT need to submit your CECs to ASFPM for this workshop as they will automatically be added to your Certification record.
All other professional continuing education needs should be submitted to the appropriate governing body for approval and acceptance.
ASFPM does not automatically provide a certificate of attendance to all workshop participants. If you need a certificate, please contact Anita Larson following the completion of the workshop.