ASFPM Association of State Floodplain Managers


2020 Annual Report

ASFPM 2020 Annual Report


The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) is a scientific and educational non-profit organization dedicated to reducing flood loss in the nation. ASFPM and its 37 chapters represent approximately 20,000 state and local officials as well as other professionals engaged in all aspects of floodplain management and flood hazard mitigation, including management of local floodplain ordinances, flood risk mapping, engineering, planning, community development, hydrology, forecasting, emergency response, water resources development, and flood insurance.

ASFPM Membership

Where our members work:

What our members do:

Certified Floodplain Managers

ASFPM established the Certified Floodplain Managers (CFM) program in 1998 as a way of creating a baseline of professional knowledge and competencies in floodplain management. The program requires professionals to pass a rigorous exam and earn continuing education credits annually to maintain certification. The number of CFM’s nationwide continues to grow at a steady pace.

Growth of CFM’s Nationwide

2017   _   10,150
2018   _   10,386
2019   _   10,672
2020   _   10,751

ASFPM Annual National Conference

Each year, ASFPM puts on the nation’s largest conference dedicated to all aspects of flooding and floodplain management. The 2020 conference, held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was the 44th annual event and our biggest to date.

2020 Annual National Virtual Conference



Attendees: 1,991
Sponsors: 40
Presenters: 160


(Cleveland, OH)

Attendees: 1,051
Sponsors: 39
Presenters: 225


(Phoenix, AZ)

Attendees: 1,068
Sponsors: 34
Presenters: 226


(Kansas City, MO)

Attendees: 1,026
Sponsors: 40
Presenters: 210


(Grand Rapids, MI)

Attendees: 996
Sponsors: 34
Presenters: 201


The ASFPM Training and Knowledge Center is a vital professional development resource for the nation’s floodplain management professionals. Field deployed, webinar, and independent study programs include:

Planning Information Exchange offered in cooperation with APA

700-1,000 attendees per event

Cooperating Technical Partners

700-1,000 attendees per event

National Policy Briefing Webinar

150-200 attendees per event

ASFPM Webinar Series

100-200 attendees per event

ASFPM Online University
Red Vector Independent study

In cooperation with CBOR

EMI 0273 Classes

Field deployed and free independent study offered in cooperation with EMI

Policy & Advocacy

The ASFPM policy team advocates for stronger flood mitigation and management programs and policies – and the funding to support them.

Key highlights from 2020:

  • Worked with the previous Congress to influence NFIP reform bills to include over a dozen ASFPM priorities and developed updated priorities for NFIP reauthorization
  • Engaged with the Biden-Harris Administration Transition team on a broad range of flood risk management recommendations.
  • Testified before Congressional committees on climate change, flood resilience and mitigation, flood risk mapping, data needs and USACE program implementation.
  • Successfully advocated for funding of key flood risk reduction initiatives, including a record amount for flood mapping.
  • Spearheaded efforts to support timely updates to nationwide precipitation data, including Atlas-14, resulting in the introduction of the FLOODS and PRECIP acts.
  • Influenced the development and supported passage of the Digital Coast Act and the 2020 Water Resources Development Act
  • Provided comments on numerous pieces of legislation and rules with input from the relevant ASFPM Policy Committees.
  • Launched ASFPM Engage!, providing information and resources for members to advocate on important legislation at the federal and state level. The first engagement allowed the floodplain management community to quickly let congressional appropriators know the importance of an appropriate level of funding for floodplain mapping.
  • Offered monthly national policy webinars to keep members up-to-date on key issues impacting their communities and flood risk management in the nation.

Flood Science Center

Flood Science Center

The Flood Science Center delivers innovative solutions to support the floodplain community.

FSC completed seven major projects in 2020, including:

FSC 2020 Snapshot:


Active projects that were under management by FSC



Diverse funding sources

Partners & Collaborators


Partners and collaborators FSC worked with over the past year.



New publications or resources added and cataloged in the ASFPM Library


There are 14 policy committees within the ASFPM. These committees provide leadership, resources, and information unique to their specialized areas of floodplain management.
Arid Regions Committee
Coastal Issues Committee
Flood Insurance Committee
Flood Mitigation Committee
Floodplain Regulations Committee
Higher Education Committee
International Committee
Mapping & Engineering Standards Committee
Natural & Beneficial Functions Committee
No Adverse Impact Committee
Nonstructural Floodproofing Committee
Professional Development & Continuing Education Committee
Stormwater Management Committee
Risk Communications & Outreach Committee

State and Regional Chapters

ASFPM and its 37 affiliated chapters have worked jointly at reducing flood damage since 1985 through mitigation of flood risks at the local, state and national level.
Alabama Association of Floodplain Managers
Arkansas Floodplain Management Association
Arizona Floodplain Management Association
Colorado Association of Stormwater & Floodplain Managers
Connecticut Association of Flood Managers
Florida Floodplain Managers Association
Floodplain Management Association (CA, HI, NV)
Georgia Association of Floodplain Management
Iowa Floodplain and Stormwater Management Association
Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management
Indiana Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management
Kansas Association for Floodplain Management
Kentucky Association of Mitigation Managers
Louisiana Floodplain Management Association
Maryland Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Managers
Michigan Stormwater-Floodplain Association
Minnesota Association of Floodplain Managers
Missouri Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association
Association of Floodplain Managers of Mississippi
Association of Montana Floodplain Managers
North Carolina Association of Floodplain Managers
Nebraska Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association
New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management
New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association
Northwest Regional Floodplain Management Association (AK, BC, ID, OR, WA)
New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association
Ohio Floodplain Management Association
Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association
Pennsylvania Association of Floodplain Managers
Rhode Island Flood Mitigation Association
South Carolina Association for Hazard Mitigation
Tennessee Association of Floodplain Management
Texas Floodplain Management Association
Utah Floodplain and Stormwater Management Association
Virginia Floodplain Management Association
Wisconsin Association for Floodplain, Stormwater, and Coastal Management
West Virginia Floodplain Management Association

Statement of Activities

Membership 1,154,098
National Certification Program 535,311
Grants, Foundations 1,010,306
Conferences and Trainings 666,515
Investment Return 5,301
Misc. Revenue 369,763
Total revenue and other support 3,741,294
Program Services:
Chapter and Member Services, Foundation 172,410
National Certification Program 128,737
Applied Research and Tool Development 1,332,447
Conferences and Trainings 189,686
National and State Policy 713,579
Total program services 2,536,859
Supporting Services:  
Management and Administration 1,156,597
Total supporting services 1,156,597
Total operating expenses 3,693,456
Change in net assets without donor restrictions 76,318
Change in net assets with donor restrictions (28,480)
Change in net assets 47,838
Net assets- beginning of the year 856,723
Net assets-end of year 904,561

ASFPM Leadership

Chad Berginnis, CFM

Chad Berginnis, CFM
Executive Director

Larry A. Larson, P.E., CFM

Larry Larson, P.E., CFM
Director Emeritus,
Senior Policy Adviser

Drew Whitehair

Drew Whitehair, CFM
Technical Director

Board of Directors

Chair: Carey Johnson
Kentucky Division of Water

Vice Chair: Shannon Riess, CFM
Florida Div. Emergency Mgmt

Secretary: Stacey Ricks, CFM
Mississippi Emergency Mgmt. Agency

Treasurer: Glenn Heistand, P.E., CFM
Illinois State Water Survey

Region 1: Melinda Hopkins, CFM
Region 2: Kelli Higgins-Roche, P.E., CFM
Region 3: Necolle Maccherone, CFM
Region 4: Del Schwalls, P.E., CFM
Region 5: Steve Ferryman, CFM
Region 6: Michelle Gonzales, CFM
Region 7: Karen McHugh, CFM
Region 8: Traci Sears, CFM
Region 9: Bunny Bishop, CFM
Region 10: Celinda Adair, CFM
District 1: Bill Nechamen, CFM
District 2: Katie Sommers, CFM
District 3: Tara Coggins, CFM
District 4: Lori Laster, P.E., CFM
District 5: Jeanne Ruefer, PMP, CFM


An adaptable nation resilient to flooding and prepared for tomorrow’s changing climate.


The mission of ASFPM is to promote education, policies and activities that mitigate current and future losses, costs and human suffering caused by flooding, and to protect the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains – all without causing adverse impacts.


Service: We recognize that our mission to the nation is accomplished when we serve both our members and the public, and we strive to adapt to the increasing and changing needs of both.

Innovation: Our policies, products and services deliver unique, compelling value to society, our members and partners. We support and promote innovation and technological advances in all aspects of flood risk management.

Forward thinking & scientific: We seek to make informed decisions with a focus on future flood risk and preserving ecosystems into the future to preserve their natural flood reduction. The future is underpinned by science, long range planning, and policies that are in the public interest.

Passion: Driven and energetic in every endeavor. We lead by example and focus on collective success.

Respect: We value the uniqueness of each individual and his or her contributions to ASFPM, ASFPM’s Mission and to society. We recognize the unique value of the state and its role in addressing the nation’s flooding issues.

Collaborative: We succeed when we individually and collaboratively work towards solutions to the nation’s flooding problems. Comprehensive solutions to flooding problems require multiple approaches and contributions from the federal, state, local, individual, and private sectors.

Non-structural first: While ASFPM recognizes the need to use all tools to manage flood risk, because ASFPM’s mission is to also recognize the natural functions of floodplains, non-structural flood risk management options are preferred over large flood control structures.


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