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The Seminar Group is organizing a day long seminar for those interested in the implications of FEMA’s floodplain re-mapping (that I wrote about back in December). It will be rather technical and oriented to professionals, but for anyone who wants to learn more about the re-mapping and how it may affect insurance, development, or local regulations, you may be interested to attend.

Here are the details from their seminar announcement:

“Impacts of FEMA’s Floodplain Re-Mapping: Regulatory Changes & Implications for Local Jurisdictions & Property Owners”
October 14, 2010
Grand Hyatt Seattle

SUMMARY
Floodplain Mapping: Standards/Methodology; Levee Accreditation; Process/Appeals
Biological Opinion: What Does it Require and What Does it Mean for Local Jurisdictions and Property Owners?
Impacts to Local Governments: How are Local Governments Responding to the Mapping and BiOp?
Recertification of Levees
Relationships with Other Local Programs
State Involvements

AGENDA
9:00 Introduction and Overview
Steve Bleifuhs, Program Co-Chair
Section Mng., DNRP/WLRD, River & Floodplain Management Section
King County, WA

Robert Brenner, Program Co-Chair
Environmental Program Manager
Port of Tacoma

Molly Lawrence, Program Co-Chair
GordonDerr LLP

9:10 Floodplain Mapping
• Standards/Methodology; What is Risk MAP and Next Steps
Ryan Ike, Branch Chief
Federal Emergency Management Agency

• Levee Accreditation
Steve Bleifuhs
Section Mng., DNRP/WLRD, River & Floodplain Management Section
King County, WA

• Process/ Appeals
Kevin Rogerson, City Attorney
City of Mount Vernon, WA

10:45 Break

11:00 Biological Opinion: What Does it Require and What Does it Mean for Local Jurisdictions and Property Owners?
• Discussion of Science Behind BiOp
DeeAnn Kirkpatrick, Invited
Fisheries Biologist, Washington State Habitat Office
National Marine Fisheries Service

• FEMA’s Plan for Implementing the Biological Opinion
Mark Eberlein
Regional Environmental Officer
Federal Emergency Management Agency

• Background and Substance of Biological Opinion
Molly Lawrence
GordonDerr LLP

12:00 Lunch (on your own)

1:15 Impacts to Local Governments: How are Local Governments Responding to the Remapping and BiOp?
Molly Lawrence, Moderator
GordonDerr LLP

Patrick B. Anderson, City Attorney
City of Snoqualmie, WA

Robert Brenner
Environmental Program Manager
Port of Tacoma

Timothy LaPorte, Dir., Public Works
City of Kent, WA

Scott Thomas, City Attorney
City of Burlington, WA

2:45 Break

3:00 Recertification of Levees
Steps Required to Recertify a Levee once it has Lost Certification
Harold P. Smelt, PE, Surface Water Mgr.
Pierce County Public Works and Utilities

3:45 Relationships with Other Local Programs
• Relationships with SMA
• Relationships with GMA
• Other Local Programs
Alexander W. “Sandy” Mackie
Perkins Coie LLP

4:15 State Involvement
• Washington State Department of Ecology’s Role Regarding Floodplain Management/Development
• Potential State Action to Address Impacts of Remapping and BiOp
Daniel Sokol
NFIP State Coordinator
Washington State Department of Ecology

5:00 Questions and Answers
Members of the Faculty

5:15 Adjourn

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