ASFPM Award Nominations
Any member may submit an award nomination for the following awards:
- Tom Lee State Award for Excellence in Floodplain Management
- James Lee Witt Local Award for Excellence in Floodplain Management
- Larry R. Johnston Local Floodplain Manager of the Year
- John R. Sheaffer Award for Excellence in Floodproofing
- Outreach/Media Award
- John Ivey Award for Superior Efforts in Certification
- Meritorious Lifetime Achievement in Floodplain Management Award
- Outstanding Chapter Award
- Goddard-White Award **
- Louthain Award for Distinguished Service to ASFPM **
** Nominations for the Goddard-White and Louthain Awards must be submitted to the Board of Directors. Contact your regional director to make a nomination.
Submit any supporting materials such as PDFs, video links and/or letters of support through the nomination link above. Items may also be mailed to:
ASFPM Awards Committee
Attn: Michele Mihalovich
8301 Excelsior Dr.
Madison, WI 53717
The nomination deadline for awards is March 1 of each year. Winners will be notified by the end of May to allow time to make travel arrangements. Direct your questions to Michele Mihalovich in the ASFPM home office, (608) 828-6328 or email Michele.
ASFPM Award Descriptions
Tom Lee State Award for Excellence in Floodplain Management (state level program or activity, not an individual)
The Tom Lee State Award for Excellence is given annually to recognize an outstanding floodplain management program or activity at the state level. It preserves the memory of Tom Lee (1935-1976), a visionary floodplain manager responsible for some of this country's finest state-level programs, and for his instrumental work in developing the regulatory framework that we still seek to implement and improve today. Eligible entries include an overall program or specific outstanding products or activities.
View the recipients of the Tom Lee State Award
James Lee Witt Local Award for Excellence in Floodplain Management (floodplain management program or activities, not an individual)
James Lee Witt
The award seeks to find and recognize outstanding programs or activities at the front lines of floodplain management -- local programs where "the rubber meets the road." Eligible entries include local units of government such as cities, towns and counties. Certain regional forms of local government are also eligible for the Witt Award. As with the Tom Lee Award, eligible entries include either an overall program or a specific project or activities that epitomize the best in floodplain management. In April of 2000, the ASFPM Board of Directors resolved to name this award after FEMA Director James Lee Witt in recognition of his landmark efforts to support, enhance and encourage local floodplain management capabilities.
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Larry R. Johnston Local Floodplain Manager of the Year (individuals only)
Larry R. Johnston
This award commemorates the life and work of Larry Johnston (1945-1990) who was finishing his work on the highly-acclaimed National Assessment of Floodplain Management at the time of his untimely death. This award seeks to recognize outstanding individual efforts and contributions at the local level. The LRJ Local Floodplain Manager of the Year is designed to honor an individual responsible for the development of a distinguished local program or activity, or one who struggles to implement flood hazard reduction at the local level in the absence of sophisticated programs and support. The LRJ Award recipient is invited to attend ASFPM's annual conference as our guest.
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John R. Sheaffer Award for Excellence in Floodproofing (individual, private organization or governmental unit or agency)
John R. Sheaffer
The association created this award to honor its namesake for his pioneering work in demonstrating floodproofing as a viable flood loss reduction measure, and for his decades of work in promoting and advancing the knowledge of these measures. Awards may be presented to a nominated individual, private organization, governmental unit or agency that has completed work involving a particular project, work, research, design or publication that exhibits the incorporation of accepted procedures, practices and constraints of floodproofing, or promotes the field or knowledge of floodproofing by enhancing the awareness and use of new procedures, methods, designs and/or products. The work should have been completed within the calendar year preceding the annual conference. This award is not presented every year.
View the recipients of the John R. Sheaffer Award
This award was established to acknowledge exemplary efforts on the part of media to increase information and/or awareness of flood issues with the general public. It is also for an individual, private organization or governmental unit or agency that have increased information and/or awareness of flood issues with the general public.
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The John Ivey Award For Superior Efforts In Certification (individual, agency or organization is eligible)
This award was established by the ASFPM Board of Directors in 2001 to recognize exceptional efforts to promote the professional certification of floodplain managers. Any individual, agency or organization is eligible. The award was named after John Ivey because he was serving as our Professional Development Committee chair in the mid-1990s and was instrumental in the CFM exam development and roll out. Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association was the first John Ivey Award recipient in 2001.
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Meritorious Lifetime Achievement In Floodplain Management Award (for an individual)
This award recognizes individuals who, throughout their career, have achieved success in a significant aspect of floodplain management. These efforts shall include, but not be limited to, policy, outreach, implementation, education, government, research, litigation or other actions that demonstrate the advancement of flood loss and risk reduction within the nominee's professional realm. Unlike many our other award categories, individuals from the federal and private sectors are eligible for nomination for the Meritorious Lifetime Achievement in Floodplain Management Award.
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Outstanding Chapter Award
This award recognizes an ASFPM chapter and their exemplary practices and activities that deserve national recognition. It seeks to acknowledge distinguished works by a chapter in going above and beyond its mission in a way that can be shared and replicated by other ASFPM chapters. The Outstanding Chapter Award is not given to any individual leaders, but to the chapter as a whole to recognize their abilities to promote sound floodplain management through teamwork.
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Goddard-White Award (for individuals)
Gilbert White and John Goddard
The Goddard-White Award is named in honor of the contributions made to floodplain management by Gilbert White (1911- 2006) and Jim Goddard (1906-1994). This award is given by ASFPM to individuals who have had a national impact carrying forward the goals and objectives of floodplain management. It is an indication of the level of esteem the association holds for the two namesakes as well as the recipients, and is ASFPM's highest award. It is not necessarily presented every year.
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Louthain Award for Distinguished Service to ASFPM (for individuals for their service to ASFPM)
In 1995, the board established the Jerry Louthain Award for Distinguished Service to ASFPM, the highest award ASFPM gives to recognize individuals who, through their long-term efforts, have clearly supported and advanced the work of the Association of State Floodplain Managers.
View the recipients of the Louthain Distinguished Service Award