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ASFPM Foundation Accomplishments

Research and Programs Supported by ASFPM Foundation

ASFPM Foundation Overview PowerPoint [6 MB]

Gilbert F. White National Flood Policy Forums

September 2015 – Most recent Forum, "Climate-informed Sciences and Flood Risk Management-Opportunities and Challenges," evaluated and will propose recommendations to the Administration on actions necessary to achieve the use of climate-informed science. The goals are to have methodologies that are reasonable and repeatable, and to the extent possible, promote consistency in applications by agencies and practitioners. The decisions made now are critical to our nation's ability to manage flood risk, recover from flooding and ensure we have properly invested in our structural and nonstructural defenses due to a changing climate.

March 2010 – 3rd Forum “Managing Flood Risk” and preparatory related Symposia:

  • Symposium 1, September 2009: Defining Risk
  • Symposium 2, November 2009: Identifying and Communicating Risk

September 2004 – 1st Forum, “Reducing Flood Losses: Is the 1 percent Chance Flood Standard Sufficient?,” as examined through five questions. Is the knowledge:

  • still insufficient,
  • sufficient but not used,
  • used but ineffectively,
  • used but with an unanticipated lag in taking effect,
  • used with positive results that have simply been
    overwhelmed by increased vulnerability due to
    population growth, economic expansion, or other
    factors? (White et al., 2001)

November 2007 – 2nd Forum “Floodplain Management 2050”, an invitational workshop of experts who focused on how we could/should manage flood risk and our floodplains in the future given the increasing population, rise in housing
demand, tight federal budgets, climate change, and other factors.


“FloodManager,” an interactive serious content computer game

In an effort to bring decisions regarding floodplains and their management to the visual forefront with decision makers, the ASFPM Foundation entered into contract with PlayGen, Ltd., a leading developer of serious games, simulations and game-based technology products. PlayGen is located in London, England, with representatives in Pennsylvania. The product from PlayGen is an interactive serious content computer game known as “FloodManager.” FloodManager was conceived as a simulator to teach decision makers the primary floodplain management principles they can apply to their community to increase resilience against flooding disasters and develop their community in a manner that most benefits the community while adhering to the tenets of "No Adverse Impact" regarding the community’s environment. 

FloodManager is a serious computer game designed to help local decision makers understand how flooding can affect your county and how to minimize the damage it can cause. The game places the player in the very situation most community leaders face – dealing with past development decisions that were implemented before their time, often before any floodplain regulations existed. Careful planning and intelligent use of an available budget will help you mitigate against the inevitable encroaching flood as the available real estate necessary to expand your settlement becomes scarce. The goal of the game is to make decisions that grow a typical town as much as possible over a given time span – residences and businesses – producing a larger community with minimal flood damages. A short game could be 20 years, and a long game could be 40.

FloodManager PowerPoint Presentation [6 MB]

The No Adverse Impact Initiative

The ASFPM Foundation, in support of the mission and goals of the Association of State Floodplain Managers, is focusing its resources on enhancing the work directed toward the No Adverse Impact initiative. The foundation seeks to accomplish this through funding or seeking funding for projects that will meet the identified goals of the NAI initiative directly or indirectly.

The No Adverse Impact initiative is working to meet its goals through achieving the following:

  • Inform target audiences about the NAI initiative and its implications
  • Develop and disseminate tools for local communities to implement the NAI program
  • Develop and promote appropriate incentives and cost sharing approaches that encourage state and local adoption of NAI approaches
  • Effect appropriate change in federal policy and programs to implement NAI techniques by working with agencies, Congress, the Administration and our partners
  • Assist in effecting changes to local and state laws/policies/programs to implement NAI techniques
  • Continually refining the NAI initiative, responding to feedback from all associations members, interest groups and policy experts

The ASFPM Foundation has undertaken several potential projects that either directly or indirectly support NAI. They are:

  • Developing a community Toolkit, which would contain components of an NAI approach to local management of floodplains. Such components include:
    • Produce a case study report on NAI approaches--essentially a compilation of state and local floodplain management programs, methods and approaches that have proven to be effective NAI techniques.
    • Produce model ordinances that communities could utilize to implement NAI approaches in their areas.
    • Produce a four-fold paper (newspaper format) for local officials and planners that would focus on issues such as “Are you ignoring your potential liability?” by not following NAI approaches to floodplain management.
    • Produce materials explaining and showing with graphics examples of the concept of NAI.
  • Develop a Mitigation Planning Handbook, focusing on current methods and programs employed to achieve mitigation. This would be a handbook formatted for periodic updating—and web based.
  • Development of a Floodplain Management Practices Handbook that would be a comprehensive guide to the science and practice of floodplain management on a nationwide basis.
  • Develop technical floodplain management training programs aimed at helping to keep floodplain managers up-to-date with current programs, the science of floodplain management and current technologies that help communities reduce adverse flooding impacts.

If you think your company could assist with one or more of the projects identified above, or any other project that would either support the NAI Initiative or other goals of the association or floodplain management in general, please contact our office at (608) 828-3000.

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