Annual Legislative Activities
ASFPM annual policy agenda is focused around the following broad categories. We work with federal agencies, legislators and coalitions or partner groups as well and members and chapters to keep on top of these critical issues. Our goal is to share the collective experience of the Association as decisions are being made and policy is being shaped.
The authorization for the National Flood Insurance has been kept alive on short term renewals since 2017. The big issues include affordability and strengthening/reinforcing the National Flood Mapping Program (mitigation and map funding, include mapping future conditions and residual risk associated with dams and levees); having an authorized CAP-SSSE program; building and strengthening state and community capabilities; and improving risk assessments and communication of all flood risks. Ensure that adjustments to facilitate private sector involvement in flood insurance do not harm the other elements of NFIP (mapping, mitigation and floodplain management).
Per-and Post-Disaster Mitigation
Both funding and rules for the new Mitigation grant program called BRIC must be focused on Nonstructural measures and incorporates future risk from Climate change. Support state revolving loan funds to promote affordability of mitigation. Support efforts to adjust tax code to incentivize mitigation.
Provide recommendations on Corps of Engineers priorities. Should include more Technical Assistance to states and locals and implementing effective nonstructural and nature-based mitigation options. Address the unrestrained spending and modernize approaches to water resources disaster assistance in PL 84-99; reform and update economic and environmental principles and guidelines for planning and implementing water resources projects; support program-wide consideration of future conditions in water resources planning. Support full implementation of national Levee Safety Program.
Improving Flood Risk Management
Support legislation and policies that increases state and local capability to manage disasters, promote long-term recovery and resilience, and reduce flood risk. Build incentives for states and communities, which improve their capacity.
Improve Access to Data
Improve access to data for the public, states and communities so they have the data and tools they need to plan for and manage flood risk (i.e., PIVOT/PART, Digital Coast Act, better flood disclosure requirements).
Support legislation and rules which reflect and plan for the impact of climate change on the environment, communities and individuals. Proposed NEPA changes have huge potential negative impacts on community resilience and the long-term costs from flood damages and other natural disasters. Incorporating climate change and keeping the public interest aspects of NEPA in place will take the combined efforts of ASFPM, our members, and our partners.
Infrastructure Modernization and Resilience
Congress and the Executive branch continue to develop a variety of possible approaches to modernizing the nation’s infrastructure across a wide spectrum that includes surface and water transportation, public buildings, water treatment, military facilities and coastal support systems of all kinds. It is important to assure that wise flood risk management and future conditions horizons are foundational concerns and considerations in each of these areas as Congress and agencies start to incorporate changing climate and rising sea levels into the nation’s infrastructure modernization.