WMAO / EPN Spring Event - Breakfast Series
Chad Berginnis, Executive Director, Association of State Floodplain Managers
Cindy Crecelius, Principal, CC Consults
Shawn Arden, Municipal Services Manager, EMH&T
From the near failure of the Oroville Dam, California, to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, Houston, to flooding impacts within Ohio communities, our country faces challenges in dealing with land use planning for flood risk reduction. National flood laws, such as the National Flood Insurance Act and Water Resources Development Act, are used as a tool in protecting U.S. citizens. Every state has a unique combination of factors that it must consider to manage flood risks. Ohio communities are responsible for adopting appropriate implementation strategies to position themselves to manage future flood risks. These flood management activities must be compatible with state and local authorities, as well as with the local political culture and natural floodplain functions and resources. Meanwhile, conversations on climate change and the potential to mitigate the effects of natural disasters caused by extreme weather events continue to grow. This EPN Breakfast program will address the issue of flooding from a national, state and local perspective.