FEMA offering climate resilience mitigation activities webinar

Feb 11, 2016 | News & Views, What's New

Hazard Mitigation Assistance: Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities Webinar
FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance webinars are for public officials and practitioners beginning to implement climate resilient mitigation activities, as well as for those looking to enhance established programs. These webinars will feature states sharing their experiences with climate mitigation activities

Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities: Webinar

FEMA is hosting two (2) webinars for Hazard Mitigation Assistance stakeholders related to newly published guidance on Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities.The Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities include green infrastructure methods, expanded ecosystem service benefits and three flood reduction and drought mitigation activities: Aquifer Storage and Recovery, Floodplain and Stream Restoration, and Flood Diversion and Storage.These activities will be a high priority in the Fiscal Year 2016 Pre-Disaster Mitigation competitive grant program.

The purpose of the webinar is to:
explain the context and purpose of the CRMA initiative,
provide an overview of the CRMA project types,
present case studies, and
outline further implementation tools and technical guidance to be published this spring.

In these webinars, FEMA staff will provide an overview of the activities, and address what’s forthcoming for guidance; and speakers from Olshesky Design Group, Portland, Oregon, and St. George, Utah, will highlight three different climate resilient activities: aquifer storage and recovery, floodplain restoration, and floodplain and stream restoration through bank stabilization.Oregon and Utah used climate resilient activities to address risk reduction, and by using climate resilient mitigation activities these communities addressed mitigation in ways that created multiple community co-benefits.


Chris Koerner, P.E., is a senior engineer/manager with Olshesky Design Group in Alexandria, VA with more than 35 years of international experience creating cost-effective, sustainable environmental strategies at high-profile contaminated sites. His focus has included aquifer remediation, stream restoration, the application of innovative technologies, and value engineering. He has degrees in Chemistry/Biology, Civil Engineering-Hydrology, and an MBA, and has held engineer registration and engineering contractor’s licenses in 11 states.

Maggie Skenderian is a watershed programs manager for Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services, where she has worked since 1996. She coordinates a comprehensive watershed restoration program in Johnson Creek that focuses on floodplain restoration, salmon habitat restoration and water quality improvements. Maggie has a BS in Water Resources from the University of Vermont and an Executive Masters in Public Administration from Portland State University.

Rick Rosenberg, P.E., founder and senior project manager at Rosenberg Associates Civil Engineers and Surveyors in St. George, Utah since 1989; he works primarily on flood control and river restoration projects in the Virgin River basin of southwestern Utah.

Tips for the webinar

You will be asked to enter your name when entering the webinar. To help us understand our audience, please enter your organization such as “City of York, PA” so we get a better idea of who is participating.

You may need to download software to participate in this webinar. It is recommended that you log in five to ten minutes early so you don’t miss any of the presentation.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 4:30-5:30 p.m. (EST)
Call-in Number: 1-800-320-4330 PIN205435#

Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 2-3 p.m. (EST)
Call-in Number: 1-800-320-4330 PIN205435#

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