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Holistic Floodplain Management Workshops

In response to the recent flooding events in the region, four workshops are being offered by the SPC Water Resource Center on Holistic Floodplain Management.

Effective floodplain management goes beyond simply enforcing a community’s floodplain management ordinance. During this workshop you will learn how a strong floodplain management program also includes informing your residents and businesses of the risks they face and other flood-related information. In addition, information will be provided to communities on how they can take steps to minimize the likelihood of a flood impacting structures in the community, whether by making it less likely for a flood to occur or by improving existing structures to better withstand floodwaters. Finally, a municipality can develop emergency plans and procedures for what to do when a flood does occur. Workshops will discuss these best practices, so that attendees can decide which practices could be implemented in their communities’ holistic floodplain management programs.

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Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Workshop

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency's (PEMA) State Hazard Mitigation Officer will provide information on available Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster and Non-Disaster Hazard Mitigation grants.

The workshop will cover eligible planning initiatives and mitigation activities, project development, cost share, grant agreements, required documentation.—the entire grant process, cradle to grave. The target audiences for these workshops would be municipalities that have participated in the County Hazard Mitigation Plan and adopted the plan. 

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Ensuring Complete and Correct Elevation Certificates

The Elevation Certificate (EC) is a tool used to determine the proper premium rate for a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood insurance policy. It is also used throughout the country to document elevation information to ensure compliance with local floodplain management regulations. As such, it is important for local officials to ensure that the EC is filled out completely and correctly. Officials cannot assume that just because a professional seal is on the form, that the surveyor or engineer who filled it out got everything right. Once the municipality accepts the EC, the municipality may be stuck with the liability for correcting it and/or addressing any larger problems caused by incomplete or inaccurate information. This session will discuss the purpose of the EC, its importance, the information captured on it, and how municipal officials can ensure that ECs are filled out correctly and completely.

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Stormwater Fees and Multi-Municipal Stormwater Management

Stormwater management is one of the fastest rising costs in many municipal budgets. Communities are being compelled to make significant investments due to regulatory requirements and aging infrastructure, but most communities don’t have the general revenue to afford these investments.  Municipalities need a creative solution to finance their stormwater management costs. Stormwater fees and regionalization could be the answers they are seeking.

In this workshop, a panel of experts in finance, law, and engineering will discuss how to set up a stormwater fee, including the differences between what has been authorized under the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Act and recent legislation authorizing home rule and 2nd class townships to charge a fee without an authority.  Experts will also provide a case study of how more than 30 municipalities in Northeastern Pennsylvania are projected to save millions of dollars on stormwater management through regional partnerships, and representatives of the Bradford Sanitary Authority will discuss their own experience with implementing a stormwater fee.  Attendees will gain a thorough understanding of the economic benefits of stormwater fees and regionalization for managing stormwater costs.  They’ll also learn how to determine whether these options are right for their community and what steps they would need to implement them locally. All speakers will be available for a question and answer session at the end of the workshop.

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Lowering Flood Risk and the Cost of Flood Insurance:FEMA's Community Rating System (CRS) Program

More frequent and intense storm events have led to a greater flood risk in our region. National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood insurance policy holders throughout the SPC region collectively pay millions of dollars in flood insurance premiums every year. Municipal officials have the opportunity to put hundreds of thousands of dollars back into their residents’ and business owners’ pockets. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Community Rating System (CRS) Program promotes strong floodplain management practices and provides discounts on NFIP flood insurance premiums throughout participating jurisdictions. This session will discuss the CRS Program, how to determine if participation is right for a municipality, municipal activities that would earn CRS Program credit, and how to enter and succeed in the CRS Program. 

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