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2017 Interagency Flood Risk Management Workshop Presentations


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017


1:00 PM LEADERSHIP & WORKSHOP OPENING

Speaker: Mark Roupas, USACE Deputy Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Director of the National Flood Risk Management Program
Presentation (pdf, 1.76 MB)

Mr. Mark Roupas opened the 2017 Interagency Flood Risk Management Workshop by welcoming participants, laying out the objectives and his expectations for the week, highlighting some recent Flood Risk Management and Silver Jackets successes, and identifying the challenges that lie ahead.

1:00 - 2:30 PM CHANGE & ADAPTATION

Speaker: Catherine O'Connor, Director of Engineering of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Hi-Res Presentation (pdf, 15.95 MB) | Lo-Res Presentation (pdf, 11.11 MB) | Hi-Res Creating Robbins Park (pdf, 10.73 MB) | Lo-Res Creating Robbins Park (pdf, 7.11 MB)

Dr. Catherine O'Connor provided a practitioner perspective on how the Chicago landscape has been transformed given flooding and water quality challenges. The City of Chicago built canals, 109 miles of deep tunnels, 16 billion gallons of storage, and the area continues to be devastated by flooding. She used a current situation in Robbins, Illinois to demonstrate how today's solutions to these same challenges are different than those of the past and what's driving them.

3:00 - 4:30 PM COMMUNITY ADAPTATION: MAKING TOUGH DECISIONS PRE- AND POST-DISASTER

Speakers:

Dr. Sandra Knight, Research Engineer in the Center for Disaster Resilience, University of Maryland, moderated a session focused on community actions before and after hazardous events and led a discussion focusing on the obstacles and opportunities present pre- and post-disaster. Speakers provided a sampling of adaptation opportunities for communities in response and recovery, with time for questions and discussion to follow.

Mr. Dennis Knobloch, City of Valmeyer, discussed Valmeyer, Illinois' decision to move the town to nearby bluffs overlooking what is now known as "Old Valmeyer."
Hi-Res Presentation (pdf, 10.48 MB) | Lo-Res Presentation (pdf, 6.99 MB)

Ms. Tracy Haag, Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Missouri Flood Risk Partners, described the decisions faced by the Meramec River Communities near St. Louis after the area was heavily impacted by flooding of the Meramec River during the Winter of 2015-16.
Presentation (pdf, 5.34 MB)

Ms. Christine Morris, City of Norfolk, discussed the persistent threat from stormwater/high tide flooding, plus the continual threat of a big storm event, faced by the community of Norfolk, VA.
Presentation (pdf, 6.10 MB)

4:30 - 5:30 PM REGIONAL TEAM WORKING TIME

Presentation (pdf, 791 KB) | Handout (pdf, 121 KB)

Participants self-organized by regions to focus on regional topics of interest. Suggested topics were available on the one-page handout. Participants were asked to select the region that is most applicable to their work/area of responsibility.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017


7:30 - 8:30 AM OPTIONAL: SIDE MEETINGS/OPTIONAL TOPICS

Spaces were available for teams to conduct side meetings or host short optional sessions on topics of interest to workshop participants.

8:30 - 9:00 AM OBSERVATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION FOR THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE

Speakers:

Dr. David Greene, NASA Earth Sciences Program
Presentation (pdf, 7.35 MB)

Mr. John Dorman, North Carolina Department of Public Safety
Hi-Res Presentation (pdf, 11.15 MB) | Lo-Res Presentation (pdf, 8.39 MB)

Remote sensing from airborne and satellite platforms with hyperspectral, LiDAR and SAR (synthetic aperture radar) capabilities are among a host of innovations increasingly available and useful to guide emergency management - mitigation, response and recovery. Near real-time observations relevant to flood depth and extent are being collected and merged with data sets on land use and land cover change, surface water, and elevation.

Dr. David Greene, NASA Earth Sciences Program and Mr. John Dorman, North Carolina Department of Public Safety presented on the emerging tools to observe, monitor, understand and describe flood risk situations.

9:00 - 10:00 AM THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE

Participants were able to join a detailed discussion and demonstration of tools or products related to factors that influence changes in flood risk or how risk should be managed in the Riverine, Coastal, and Urban landscapes.

Participants were able to choose one of three landscape-focused tracks with interagency presentations and discussion:

TRACK: RIVERINE FLOOD RISK

Speakers:

Mr. Terry Zien, USACE St. Paul District: Moderator

Dr. Beth Faber, USACE Hydrologic Engineering Center
Presentation (pdf, 1.66 MB)

Ms. Chanel Mueller, USACE St. Paul District
Presentation (pdf, 1.69 MB)

Dr. Katie Skalak, USGS
Presentation (pdf, 6.90 MB)

 

TRACK: COASTAL FLOOD RISK

Speakers:

Ms. Linda Manning, Council Oak: Moderator

Sheri Moore, USACE Institute for Water Resources on behalf of Dr. Kate White
Presentation (pdf, 3.56 MB)

Ms. Tucker Mahoney, FEMA
Presentation (pdf, 1.69 MB)

 

TRACK: URBAN FLOOD RISK

Speakers:

Mr. Doug Bellomo, USACE Institute for Water Resources: Moderator

Mr. Brad Winters, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Presentation (pdf, 2.15 MB) | Handout (pdf, 644 KB) | Handout: Urban Watersheds Added to StreamStats, an Online Tool for Estimating Watershed Peak Flows, by ICT/USGS Researchers for IDOT (pdf, 279 KB)

Mr. Phetmano Phannavong, Washington DC Department of Energy and Environment
Presentation (pdf, 2.15 MB)

Mr. Brian Choate, USACE Savannah District
Presentation (pdf, 1.37 MB)

10:30 AM- 12:00 PM ADAPTATION IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT

Speakers provided a brief overview of the factors and trends driving change in flood risk management and discussed how local, state, and federal institutions are adapting to these changing conditions through modifications to policies, guidance, and plans, with a moderated discussion following. The session was moderated by Ms. Sheri Moore, USACE Institute for Water Resources.

Speakers:

Ms. Sheri Moore, USACE Institute for Water Resources: Moderator
Presentation (pdf, 2.08 MB)

Ms. Kelli Higgins-Roche, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Presentation (pdf, 3.63 MB)

Mr. Iain Hyde, Colorado Chief Resilience Officer
Presentation (pdf, 3.00 MB)

Mr. Todd Tucker, FEMA Region 7
Presentation (pdf, 2.74 MB)

1:00 - 2:30 PM UNDERSTANDING AND INTEGRATING NATURAL FEATURES IN FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS

Speakers shared examples applying the breadth of "green" flood risk management strategies, including natural and nature-based features, green infrastructure, nonstructural measures, etc. Participants learned about successful on-the-ground applications of nature-based or green infrastructure flood risk management strategies and identified program and partnership opportunities to integrate these strategies into state and community flood risk management programs. Session was moderated by Mr. Patrick O'Donnell, USACE South Atlantic Division.

Speakers:

Mr. Nathan Woiwode, The Nature Conservancy
Presentation (pdf, 4.98 MB)

Ms. Roberta Vogel-Leutung, EPA Region 7
Presentation (pdf, 5.06 MB)

Dr. Todd Bridges, USACE Engineer Research & Development Center (ERDC)
Presentation (pdf, 5.68 MB)

3:00 - 4:00 PM BUILDING EFFECTIVE OUTREACH PROGRAMS

This breakout session offered four tracks for learning about successful and/or innovative communication and engagement efforts, with particular focus on efforts that motivate others to take action leading to flood risk reduction.

TRACK: HOW TO DEVELOP AN EFFECTIVE OUTREACH ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY

Speakers:

Ms. Manuela Johnson, Indiana Department of Homeland Security

Ms. Mary Weidel, USACE Institute for Water Resources, Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise

Presentation (pdf, 2.07 MB)
Handout: Engagement Strategy Checklist and Engagement Analysis (pdf, 90 KB)

 

TRACK: LESSONS FROM SOCIAL SCIENCE: HELPING ENSURE THAT OUTREACH EFFECTS CHANGE

Speakers:

Ms. Susan Durden, USACE Institute for Water Resources: Moderator

Dr. Denna Geppi, NOAA's Office of the Chief Economist
Presentation (pdf, 275 KB)

Mr. Jason Needham, USACE Risk Management Center
Presentation (pdf, 136 KB) | Handout: The Risk Management Center (pdf, 253 KB) | Handout: Program Management (pdf, 226 KB) | Handout: Risk Assessment for Dams and Levees (pdf, 1.82 MB)

Ms. Sarah Devaney-Ice, FEMA, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Risk Management Directorate
Presentation (pdf, 270 KB)

 

TRACK: EXTREME EVENT - HANDS-ON SERIOUS GAMING

Ms. Stoever facilitated the Extreme Event role playing game for a riverine flooding scenario to demonstrate the importance of collaboration and communication to improve disaster resilience.

Speaker: Ms. Keri Stoever, Koshland Science Museum, National Academy of Sciences

 

TRACK: BEYOND THE NORM: INNOVATIVE COLLABORATIVE OUTREACH PROCESSES AND TOOLS

Speakers:

Mr. Tony Krause, USACE Omaha District: Moderator

Ms. Hannah Sanger, City of Pocatello, Idaho
Presentation (pdf, 7.61 MB)

Mr. Mark Slauter, Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Presentation (pdf, 619 KB) | Handout: Hurricane Agnes and Sign Unveiling Ceremony (pdf, 1.00 MB)

Mr. Hunter Merritt, USACE Sacramento District
Presentation (pdf, 1.76 MB)

4:00 - 4:30 PM OBSERVATIONS FROM OUTREACH BREAKOUTS & DAILY WRAP-UP

Participants shared observations in a facilitated discussion of the Building Effective Outreach Programs breakouts followed by the daily wrap-up.

4:30 - 5:30 PM PARTICIPANT-ORGANIZED INTERAGENCY FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT TOPICS

Spaces were available for participant-identified and organized interagency flood risk management topics. Topics were identified in advance of the workshop or organized on-site.

6:30 PM SILVER JACKET TEAM VIDEO VIEWING (OPTIONAL)

Workshop Premiere of the Indiana and Idaho Silver Jackets teams' video productions "OVER, UNDER, GONE - The Killer In Our Rivers" and "So, You're a Floodplain Manager?"


THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2017


7:30 - 8:30 AM OPTIONAL: SIDE MEETINGS/OPTIONAL TOPICS

Spaces were available for teams to conduct side meetings or host short optional sessions on topics of interest to workshop participants.

9:00 - 10:00 AM SEEING IS BELIEVING: EXAMPLES OF SUCCESSFUL INTEGRATION

This session offered interagency examples of efforts that bridge divides - across agencies, within the flood risk management lifecycle, and among diverse goals and objectives - demonstrating how an expanded approach can yield opportunity for expanded benefits. The session was moderated by Lisa Bourget, USACE Institute for Water Resources.

Speakers:

Mr. Ken Hendrickson, EPA Region 3
Presentation (pdf, 3.80 MB)

Mr. Michael Krehely, USACE New Orleans District
Presentation (pdf, 2.10 MB)

Mr. Stephen Scissons, USACE Albuquerque District
Presentation (pdf, 3.00 MB)

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM SILVER JACKETS TEAM TIME

Session opened with an introduction to the Interagency World Café and a series of short presentations highlighting its offerings.

Individual Silver Jackets teams met to review the Team Assessment and Strategic Outlook worksheet completed before the workshop (i.e., strengths, challenges, opportunities and external concerns) to identify opportunities and partners that might assist the team in achieving its strategic goals. Teams used this information to seek partners during the Interagency World Café and plan post-workshop actions.

Presentation (pdf, 6.21 MB)
Handouts: Team Assessment and Strategic Outlook (pdf, 113 KB)

1:00 - 2:30 PM INTERAGENCY WORLD CAFÉ: EXPLORING FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT PARTNERING OPPORTUNITIES

Participants convened in the auditorium for an orientation to the Interagency World Café.

Interagency World Café session featured tables hosted by representatives of topics and agency programs relevant to workshop participants. Agency and topic-focused tables were set up in the cafeteria to facilitate one-on-one conversations; table tent signs assisted with guiding participants through the Interagency World Café. Additional spaces were available for pop-up topic tables allowing participants the opportunity to brainstorm following discussions with agency and program representatives.

3:00 - 4:00 PM WHAT WE WILL TAKE BACK FROM THE 2017 WORKSHOP

Participants identified and shared what they took back from the workshop including strategies, information, and lessons learned.

Presentation (pdf, 3.74 MB)

4:00 - 5:00 PM AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

The USACE Senior Leadership shared a closing message and recognized the 2016 Flood Risk Manager of the Year, Silver Jackets Coordinator of the Year, and Silver Jackets Team of the Year.


FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017


8:30 AM - 12:30 PM CONCURRENT HANDS-ON/IN-DEPTH TOPIC SESSIONS

Four concurrent sessions provided the opportunity for more in-depth exploration of various topics.

TRACK: LOCAL FIELD TRIP HOSTED BY ST. LOUIS DISTRICT AND ITS INTERAGENCY PARTNERS

Participants traveled 30 minutes to Arnold, Missouri to tour neighborhoods impacted by the Winter 2015/2016 flood of record and learn about city plans to recover and mitigate.

 

TRACK: HANDS-ON NONSTRUCTURAL TRAINING HOSTED BY THE NATIONAL NONSTRUCTURAL FLOODPROOFING COMMITTEE

In-classroom and on-site, hands-on nonstructural assessment training was provided by Mr. Randy Behm and Mr. Steve O'Leary, both members of the USACE National Nonstructural Floodproofing Committee. The on-site assessment stepped participants through the process of data collection (online and on-site) for determining structure characteristics, determining site conditions, and considering hydrologic conditions to identify potential nonstructural mitigation measures for implementation.

 

TRACK: OVERVIEW OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE COURSES AVAILABLE FOR INTERAGENCY PARTNERS

Speaker:

Mr. Todd Tucker, FEMA
Presentation (pdf, 3.34 MB)

This workshop offered attendees training on key floodplain management and mitigation concepts and then delved into the best way to find out the what, where and when of EMI's free floodplain management and hazard mitigation training offerings. Mr. Todd Tucker, FEMA, provided a sampling of the primary courses hosted at EMI and a list of the most popular EMI courses for Floodplain Management and Hazard Mitigation students.

 

TRACK: TRAIN THE TRAINER SESSION TO ASSIST COMMUNITIES WITH EMERGENCY ACTION PLANS

Terry Zien and Bonnie Greenleaf, both of USACE St. Paul District, led participants through a four hour workshop on how to use the Emergency Action Plan Template Guidebook developed by the Minnesota Silver Jackets with communities in participants' own state.