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NYSFSMA Annual Meeting
ROCHESTER, New York  |  APRIL 23-25, 2018

, New York  |  APRIL 23-25, 2018w

Program Information and Paper Registration Information is available at

Program and Paper Registration Form

Online Registration

Please reserve your rooms at the Rochester Riverside Hotel.  The room block is only guaranteed until March 22, 2018.

Government Rate Rooms for $104 a night are available from the Rochester Riverside.  Government ID's will be required at check in.  Rates for everybody else are available at $119 a night.  Call the Rochester Riverside at 585-546-6500 and mention the "floodplains" block.  Or reserve online at 

Use the reservation codes 180422GOVE for a government rate room, or 180422FLOO for standard rate rooms.  

Interested in Exhibiting?  Download the exhibitor information and registration form:




Elevation of historic flood-prone home in Stockade neighborhood, Schenectady, NY.

Used with permission of the Daily Gazette
Link to Full Story



Upcoming Events


Founded in 2000, NYSFSMA brings together New York State professionals to foster awareness, information exchange and cooperation in the floodplain and stormwater management fields.



 The New York State
Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association:


Promotes floodplain and stormwater management as a means of reducing flood damage and protecting, restoring and enhancing water quality;
Enhances cooperation between various related private, local, state and federal agencies;
Encourages and ensures effective, new and innovative approaches to managing NYS floodplain and stormwater systems. 

Materials from the January 24, 2018 Code Enforcement Officer Post Flood Training in Greece, NY are available at (Click the Image)

Post Flood Workshop Materials

Success Stories Throughout New York

Georgica Beach Restoration (East Hampton, NY)
after being damaged in Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. 


Stormwater Management: Hash Pond
Suffolk County, NY

Recent News   


Democrat & Chronicle Article
"We don't have the tools to understand flood risk in the Genesee-Finger Lakes region"

by Jayme B. Thomann, AICP, CFM, Senior Planner at the Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council and Vice Chair of the New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association

Click to Read Article


The Daily Gazzette
"Vischer Ferry Dam is not solution to Schenectady flooding problems"

By: William Nechamen, CFM, Nechamen Consulting, LLC

Click to Read Article

Article on Flood Mapping Nails It

See Bipartisan Policy Center article for an excellent analysis of the current state of FEMA flood mapping.


Letter to Roy E. Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation
Re: Draft FEMA Policy: Guidance for Participating Communities on Satisfying NFIP Floodplain Development and Permit Requirements

Please read the letter here:

Draft FEMA Policy: Guide on Satisfying the NFIP Development Permit Requirements


Letter to the Honerable Kirsten Gillibrand, United States Senate
Re: Cassidy-Reed Draft Letter in Support of Flood Mapping and Mitigation

Please read the letter here:

Cassidy-Reed Draft Letter in Support of Flood Mapping and Mitigation


Letter to New York Confressional Delegation
Re: Fiscal Year 2018 Funding for Stream, Lake, and Tide Gages

Please read the letter here:

Fiscal Year 2018 Funding for Stream, Lake and Tide Gages


ASFPM Opposes President's FY 18 Federal Budget


President Trump just released his proposed FY18 federal budget and ASFPM opposes it. The budget fails to make America safer from natural disasters, especially floods, the leading cause of disasters in this nation. The budget cuts myriad federal programs in FEMA, HUD, Corps of Engineers, NOAA, EPA and USDA that communities and states use to build safer and protect citizens from the frequently occurring flood disasters.

The proposed budget cuts FEMA’s flood mapping program by $190 million, and the entire pre-disaster mitigation program. In addition, the administration proposes a 16 percent cut to USACE, 31 percent from EPA and technical assistance to farmers for conservation programs from USDA watershed programs that assist in not only clean water, but help reduce flood losses. It zeroes out more than $250 million in targeted NOAA grants and programs supporting coastal and marine management, climate change programs, research and education. This would include the Coastal Zone Management Program and the widely popular Sea Grant Program.

All of this is occurring during a period of increased natural disasters. During 2016, the nation experienced some of the greatest disaster costs according to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, which tracks U.S. weather and climate events that have great economic and societal impacts. Since 1980, the U.S. has sustained 203 weather and climate disasters where the overall damage costs reached or exceeded $1 billion (including adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index, as of January 2017). The cumulative costs for these 203 events exceed $1.1 trillion.

Federal budgets must help communities prepare for and mitigate the risk and costs of these disasters. The federal budget proposal cuts essential community development, housing and transportation programs utilized by communities across the nation. At a time when cities and towns face significant challenges to infrastructure investment, affordable housing and economic development, the elimination of critical and proven federal programs will make communities less safe and increase disaster costs.
Flood mapping and mitigation programs are the foundation for communities and states to manage flood risk, build community resilience and strengthen their economies. These programs have been successful, had bipartisan support and help leverage sustainable private sector investments. Additionally, the cuts in this budget also make our communities more vulnerable and less safe.

We believe the scope of these cuts places jobs, development projects and public health at risk. We do not believe the cuts are consistent with the expressed priorities of President Trump, ranging from infrastructure investment to boosting growth and jobs.

Floodplain managers stand ready to work with Congress and the administration on policies and programs that will reduce future flood risk and damage, and lessen the disaster costs for communities and the federal taxpayers. The federal programs must be partners with communities and states to create stronger and more economically vibrant places to work and live. This budget does not do that.

It is important to remember this is only the first step in a long federal budget process. Congress reviews the president’s budget, but they are ultimately responsible for the final federal spending plan. ASFPM will work with Congress to reject these cuts and instead support essential investments in the future of our communities. We urge our members to become involved in this process and to have your voice be heard. We will be working with you over the next months as the budget process unfolds, keeping you informed and asking for your assistance. Stay tuned for more alerts from ASFPM and be prepared to take action.


US Army Corp of Engineers letter re: Implementation of EO on Floodplain Mgt
Draft Engineer Circular (EC) 1165-2-217
NYSFSMA sent a letter to Dr. Stephanie Bray at US ACoE Headquarters on January 10, 2017, with comments on the implementation of Executive Orders on Floodplain Management.  NYSFSMA supports the proposed approach, but offers a few suggestions on clarification of the approach.

Please read the letter here:
NYSFSMA Letter to US ACoE re:Draft Engineer Circular (EC) 1165-2-217


HUD General Council letter re: Proposed Rule to Implement EO 13690
NYSFSMA sent a letter to Mr. Aaron Santa Anna, Assistant General Council with HUD on December 13, 2016.  The letter included NYSFSMA support for the proposed rule, as well as suggestions to help strengthen the rule.

Please read the letter here:
HUD letter re:Proposed Rule to Implement EO 13690

Powell Responds to NYSFSMA Comments on CRS
NYSFSMA sent a letter to Mr. Tom Powell, Chair of the CRS Task Force on March 31, 2016, which included comments on the Community Rating System in NYS and proposed solutions to the issues our communities face in joining the CRS.  We received a reply from Mr. Powell thanking the Association for our comments and letting us know that the CRS Task Force considered our recommendations in development of the 2017 CRS Coordinator's Manual.
Please take a few moments to read the letter that NYSFSMA sent to Mr. Powell NYSFSMA CRS Suggestions (03-31-2016)

as well as the reply from Mr. Powell Powell Response to CRS Suggestion Letter (11/04/2016)


US ACoE letter Regarding Fire Island to Montauk Point Project

NYSFSMA's letter to US ACoE Planning Division regarding the Fire Island to Montauk Point (FIMP) Project suggestion to invest in the long-term sustainability of Long Island communities by supporting their adaptation to future conditions.

Read the letter here:

NYSFSMA Letter to US ACoE re: Long Island Project


FEMA Chief Council letter re: Proposed Rule to Implement EO 13690

NYSFSMA's letter to FEMA supporting Executive Order 13690 and the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS), and suggestions to strengthen the approach to improving flood resilience.

Read the letter here:

NYSFSMA Letter to FEMA re:Implement EO 13690


S 1679, Flood Insurance Market Parity & Modernization Act
NYSFSMA Letters to Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand regarding a bill affecting flood insurance that has passed in the House of Representatives (HR 2901) and its companion bill in the Senate (S 1679).  In its current form, will produce unintended negative results and increased cost for taxpayers.
See the letters below:

Another Successful NYSFSMA Conference!
Thank you to all who presented and attended!
Here's a picture of a stop along the Bus Tour (shared by a Member)


NYSFSMA Comments on the Community Rating System (CRS)

NYSFSMA Letter to Tom Powell, with the CRS Task Force includes suggestions intended to make the CRS more accessible and encourage increased participation.

Read the letter and suggestions here:

NYSFSMA CRS Suggestions (03-31-2016)


Letter to FEMA Regulatory Affairs Division on Establishing a Deductible for FEMA's Public Assistance Program (Docket ID FEMA-2016-0003)

NYSFSMA letter to FEMA Chief Counsel regarding concerns that administrative complexities may be involved in implementing such a program.  Suggestions included.

Please read the letter here:

FEMA Chief Council letter re:Disaster Deductible for Public Assistance


Letter from NYSFSMA to Governor Cuomo asking for his support by vetoing the Amendments to