Conference Agenda


OCTOBER 15, 16 & 17, 2019

[FINAL – SEPTEMBER 20, 2019]

Floodplain management encompasses a number of systems and resources that share a common denominator – water. Floodwater, stormwater, wastewater, stream flow, groundwater, tides and waves are all interconnected in some way, especially in a small, densely developed, water-rich state like New Jersey. As we experience more frequent and intense storms and precipitation events, and as we continue to develop and redevelop our communities, understanding these interconnections becomes critical to protecting people and property, and maintaining various water systems and infrastructure in the most efficient, cost-effective manner.

The 2019 NJAFM annual conference provides an opportunity to bring people together from various sectors in order to promote multi-objective outcomes, by identifying common ground and overlaps in the respective work that we do. Looking at floodplain management from this perspective allows us to consider the full range of water-related impacts and to leverage our collective energy and resources to achieve common goals.

* The NJAFM Annual Conference offers the following continuing education credits (estimated total):

Certified Floodplain Managers (CFM) – 12 CEC
NJ Professional Engineers – 14 PDH
NJ Professional Land Surveyors (PLS) – 14 PDH
NY Professional Engineers – 5.75 PDH
PA Professional Engineers (PA PE) – 14 PDH
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) – 18 CM
Code/Construction Officials – 0.7 CEU
Certified Public Works Managers – 14 CEU


9:00 AM – 4:00 PM                           Pre-Conference Training:
                                                                        Fundamentals of Floodplain Management*
                                                                     NOTE: Free with Conference Registration – SPACE IS LIMITED,
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1:00 PM – 5:30 PM                           Pre-Conference Training:
                                                                        Community Rating System*
                                                                     NOTE: Free with Conference Registration – SPACE IS LIMITED
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3:00 – 5:00 PM                                  Exhibitor Booth Set-up

5:00 – 7:00 PM                                  Conference Registration

5:30 – 8:00 PM                                  Cracker Barrel – SPONSORED BY PS&S*
                                                                     NOTE: Free with Conference Registration – SPACE IS LIMITED,
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Participate in our technical consulting session with featured speakers from federal, state and local agencies. Food and beverages will be provided. Discussion topics include (list will be finalized based on confirmed participants):
  • Flood Mapping
  • Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) Program
  • FEMA Region II
  • Flood Insurance
  • Coastal Vulnerability Assessments
  • Elevating Residential Structures
  • Floodplain Ordinances
  • Community Rating System (CRS)
  • UCC/Code Enforcement
  • NJDEP Land Use Regulations
  • Floodproofing
  • Natural Resource Restoration


    8:00 AM                                            Registration   |   Exhibits   |   Continental Breakfast

    9:00 AM                                            Conference Welcome

    Mike Graham  |  Mark Mauriello
    NJAFM Conference Co-Chairs

    9:10 AM                                            Opening Remarks

    Vince Mazzei, PE
    NJAFM Vice Chair

    9:15 AM                                            Plenary Session I – Increasing our Resilience to Urban Flooding

    This session, which is part of the Larry Larson Speaker Series sponsored by the Association of State Floodplain Managers Foundation, will feature a panel discussion among national flood policy experts on the issue of urban flood hazards and mitigation strategies. The session will build on the outcomes of the Foundation’s 6th Assembly of the Gilbert White National Flood Policy Forum held in Washington DC in March 2019.

    Panelists: Doug Plasencia, PE, CFM, Moffatt & Nichol (ASFPM Foundation President), Increasing our Resiliency to Urban Flooding – Gilbert F. White National Flood Policy Forum

    Dr. Gerry Galloway, University of Maryland (ASFPM Foundation Trustee), The Growing Threat of Urban Flooding: A National Challenge – Texas A&M/University of Maryland

    Chad Berginnis, CFM, ASFPM (ASFPM Foundation Secretary), Framing the Challenge of Urban Flooding in the United States – National Academy of Sciences

    Moderator: Molly O’Toole, Molly O’Toole & Associates, LTD (ASFPM Foundation Executive Board)

    10:30 AM                                          Conference Exhibits   |   Light Refreshments

    11:00 AM                                          Concurrent Technical Session I

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    12:15 PM                                          Keynote Luncheon  |   W. Craig Fugate

    W. Craig Fugate served as FEMA administrator from May 2008 to January 2017. During his tenure, he led the agency through more than 500 presidentially declared major disasters. He also guided U.S. assistance in international disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti and the Fukushima radiological incident in Japan. Beginning in 1987, he served for 10 years as a County emergency manager in Florida before moving up to the state level as Deputy Director for the Florida Emergency Management Division and then became Director in 2001 under Florida Governor Jeb Bush. As director, he coordinated the state’s response to Hurricane Charley, Hurricane Frances, Hurricane Ivan, and Hurricane Jeanne in 2004 and Hurricane Dennis, Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Wilma in 2005.

    2:00 PM                                            ASFPM Foundation Meeting (Foundation Members Only)

    2:00 PM                                            Concurrent Technical Session II

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    3:15 PM                                            Conference Exhibits   |   Light Refreshments

    3:45 PM                                            Plenary Session 2: The Evolution of Flood Insurance
                                                                   A Look at the NFIP’s Risk Rating 2.0

    David Maurstad, Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation, FEMA Risk Rating 2.0 will fundamentally change the way FEMA rates a property’s flood risk and prices insurance. Currently, FEMA develops rates based predominantly on Flood Insurance Rate Map zone and Base Flood Elevation. With Risk Rating 2.0, FEMA is pairing state-of-the-art industry technology with the NFIP’s mapping data to establish a more comprehensive understanding of risk at both the community and individual level. This will include determining a customer’s flood risk by incorporating multiple, logical rating characteristics – like different types of flood, the distance a building is from the coast or another flooding source, or the cost to rebuild a home. The new rating plan will also aim to ensure customers will no longer face dramatic rate increases during map changes or at the edge of flood zones.

    Moderator: Mike Graham, SmartVent

    5:00 – 7:00 PM                            Exhibitor Social Networking Event
                                                                      FEMA Community Rating System (CRS) Awards

    Don’t miss our social networking event! Unwind and enjoy premium food and beverages while you network, build relationships and compare notes with exhibitors, colleagues and fellow floodplain managers.

    Also, help us recognize and applaud the accomplishments of this year’s Community Rating System (CRS) award winners, for enhancing community safety and preparedness, while reducing premium costs for flood insurance policy holders.

    7:00 PM                                        Meet-up and wind-down at the Daer
                                                               Level 2 rooftop venue at the Hard Rock

    Cash bar
    light snacks provided

    THURSDAY  OCTOBER 17, 2019

    8:00 AM                                            Registration   |   Exhibits   |   Continental Breakfast

    9:00 AM                                            Day 2 – Opening Remarks

    Mike Graham | Mark Mauriello
    NJAFM Conference Co-Chairs

    9:15 AM                                            Plenary Session II: Connecting the Dots of Floodplain Management

    This moderated panel discussion will focus on cross-sector floodplain and stormwater management challenges and solutions, with an emphasis on efficient, collaborative and cost-effective strategies.

    Andrew Kricun, PE, Executive Director/Chief Engineer, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority

    Caleb Stratton, AICP, CFM, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Hoboken

    Elizabeth Treadway, Principal Program Manager, Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions

    Moderator: Vince Mazzei, PE, Manager, NJDEP Division of Land Use Regulation/ NJAFM Vice-Chair

    10:30 AM                                          Conference Exhibits   |   Light Refreshments

    11:00 AM                                          Concurrent Technical Session III

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    12:15 PM                                          NJAFM Awards Luncheon with Speaker Bill Beausay
                                                                    How to Do More When You Are Fed Up, Done-In and Stressed Out!

    It’s easy to get frustrated on the job due to things like lack of appreciation, stress, dealing with critical deadlines, navigating political waters and the list goes on. This is especially true for floodplain managers, code enforcement officials, agency staff and others who work so hard every day on behalf of the public that we serve. But you need to find a way to overcome these distractions and constantly push to do your best and lift others around you. This talk is about getting a bigger vision, learning to focus better, and creating new energy and new thinking. It will help you rise above all the mental clutter that you have to deal with on a daily basis and put you back in control of how to respond to challenges in your life.

    2:00 – 4:00 PM                           Ethics Training for Professional Engineers
                                                                    and Certified Floodplain Managers

    Lawrence Powers, Esq., counsel to AIA-NJ, NJSPE and NJASLA, will present a two (2) CE course on professional ethics for professional engineers, addressing the statutory and administrative code provisions that govern the ethical practice of engineering, together with the provisions of the Canons of Ethics of the National Society of Professional Engineers. These various provisions will be explained using the Socratic method and illustrated with examples, in order to provide the participants with guidance on the tenets of ethical practice.

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    2:00 – 5:00 PM                           Certified Floodplain Managers (CFM) Exam

    ** Must register in advance through the Association of State Floodplain Managers