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 Annual Conference 

September 24-27, 2019


"Fires, Floods, Mud & More: Integrated Processes"

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Thank you to all our attendees, presenters, volunteers, and sponsors!

Plenary: FEMA Region X  OFIA Report  

State Breakout Sessions: Idaho Oregon Washington  

Concurrent Session A – Post-Wildfire I; River Fork Room, 3rd floor

  • Avalanche Post Fire – Robin Kiska, Idaho Office of Emergency Management  PDF

  • Communicating Post-Wildfire Risks: Lessons Learned – Rose Shriner, Perteet, Inc.

  • Assessing the Flood Threat After a Wildfire – Brent Bower, National Weather Service, Seattle

Concurrent Session B – Integrated Floodplain Management I;  Rapids Room, 3rd floor

  • Flood Risk Management in a Growing Population – Mike Dimmick, Boise River Flood District #10

  • Floodplain Integration Across Yakima Basin – Troy Havens and Terry Keenhan, Yakima County  PDF

  • Floods, Food, and Refugees—Diverse Solutions for Complex Urban Problems – Logan McClish, The Watershed Company

Concurrent Session C (Workshop) – Stormwater Management;  White Water Room, 3rd floor

  • GIS Showcase: Tools for Stormwater Management – Chris Hill, Meshek & Associates, LLC

Concurrent Session D (Workshop) – CRS; Ivy Room, 2nd floor

  • CRS Benefits for Small Communities – Marlene Jacobs, Insurance Services Office  PDF 

Concurrent Session E – Boise River H&H Feature;  River Fork Room, 3rd floor

  • Hydrology and Hydraulic Modeling of the Lower Eagle Island Floodplain, Boise River, Idaho – Karl Gebhardt, Resource Systems, Inc. PDF

  • Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Services for Flood Forecasting on the Boise River – Troy Lindquist, NOAA PDF

  • Two-Dimensional Analysis of the US 95 Bridge over the Boise River – Keelan Jensen, Henry Hu, and Dan Eggers, WEST Consultants, Inc.PDF

Concurrent Session F – Policy and Regulations I; Rapids Room, 3rd floor

  • Make America’s Swamps Great Again – Kevin Coulton, ESA PDF

  • The State of Washington Model Floodplain Management Ordinance Update – David Radabaugh, WA Department of Ecology PDF

  • NFIP Irrigation Guidance in Idaho – Tim Luke, Idaho Department of Water Resources PDF

Concurrent Session G (Workshop) – Integrated Floodplain Management II; White Water Room, 3rd floor

  • Pierce County's Habitat and Flood Capacity Creation Project—How to Get to "No" in 10 Short Years 
    Angela Angove, Pierce County Public Works; Lisa Bona, GeoEngineers; and Eric Rowland, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants PDF 

Concurrent Session H (Workshop) – NFIP and NFIP Compliance;  Ivy Room, 2nd floor

  • Floodplain Design, Construction, and Impacts on Flood Insurance – Clay Goodrich, Smart Vent Products, Inc.

  • Technical Feasibility of Erosion and Shoreline Change Mapping for NFIP in the Pacific Northwest – Darryl Hatheway, AECOM  PDF

Concurrent Session I  – Post Wildfire II; River Fork Room, 3rd floor

  • Using Active-Learning and Goal-Setting Strategies to Promote Wildfire Awareness and Preparedness – Cera Windham, Boise State University 

  • Where Models Meet Managers: Planning for Post-Fire Erosion in Boise Before the Flames – Katie Gibble, Utah Department of Natural Resources, and Jerry McAdams, Boise Fire Department

Concurrent Session J – Policy and Regulations II; Rapids Room, 3rd floor

  • How to Use the CRS Manual to Develop a Floodplain Management Program – Christina Wollman, Perteet, Inc. PDF

  • Creating Effective Public Outreach Materials – Susanna Pho, Forerunner PDF  

  • Applying the Power of Story to Communicate Experiences and Risks of Natural Hazards 
    Kate Skaggs, Resilience Action Partners; Andrew Kinney, Thurston County; and Brynné Walker, Pierce County PDF

Concurrent Session K – Floodplain Projects I; White Water Room, 3rd floor

  • Restoring to Stage 0: Navigating the Anastomosis of Floodplain Management and Permitting Challenges 
    Curtis Loeb, Wolf Water Resources, Inc. PDF

  • Bigger Isn’t Always Better: Portland Right-Sizes its Risk-Reduction Strategies for the Johnson Creek Floodplain – Lisa Huntington, City of Portland PDF 

  • A Hip-Hop Inspired Approach to Resolving the No-Rise Analysis Quandary of a Levee Setback Project – Dale Meck, Yakima County PDF

Concurrent Session L – Idaho Feature I; Ivy Room, 2nd floor

  • Garden City, Idaho: From Risk MAP to Risk Mitigation 
    Brandon Hobbs, USACE, Walla Walla; Jenah Thornborrow, Garden City, Idaho; and Wendy Shaw, FEMA Region X PDF1 PDF2 PDF3

 Concurrent Session M – Hazard Mitigation and Resilience Planning; River Fork Room, 3rd floor

  • Does Community Resilience Help Advance Floodplain Management? – Bob Freitag, University of Washington

  • Yakima Floodplain Design Lessons – Joel Freudenthal and Terry Keenhan, Yakima County PDF

  • The 2019 Washington Floodplain Manager Survey – David Radabaugh, WA Department of Ecology PDF

Concurrent Session N – Engineering and Mapping I; Rapids Room, 3rd floor

  • Quantifying Flood Risk Using 2D Probabilistic Modeling and Mapping – Yacoub Raheem, AECOM PDF 

  • Two-Dimensional Hydraulic Modeling and Case Study, Weiser River at Cove Road Bridge – Steve Holt, T‑O Engineers

  • RiskRAS, an HEC‑RAS Simulation Tool for Risk-Informed Flood Inundation Mapping – Henry Hu, WEST Consultants, Inc. PDF

Concurrent Session O – Floodplain Projects II; White Water Room, 3rd floor

  • Large-Scale Floodplain Restoration: Flood Safety and Habitat Resiliency on a 1,000‑Acre Floodplain of the Lower Columbia River – Rowyn Cooper‑Caroselli, Wolf Water Resources, Inc.

  • Floodproofing Critical Infrastructure: The Tacoma Central Treatment Plant Flood Protection Project – Tyler Jantzen, Jacobs

  • When Human Health and Floodplains Intersect—Remedy Protection in the Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgical Complex Superfund Site – Kathy Lombardi and Gianna Damiano, Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc.

Concurrent Session P – Idaho Feature II; Ivy Room, 2nd floor

  • Update of Flood Management Strategies for the Bunker Hill Superfund Site in Idaho’s Silver Valley – Derek Forseth, Alta Science & Engineering PDF

  • USDA NRCS Flood Rehabilitation—Boise River – Doug Higbee, Idaho USDA NRCS PDF

  • Hydrologic Analysis for Leader Lake Watershed Relative to Fire Damage and Spillway Capacity – Devin Stoker, Jacobs PDF

Concurrent Session Q (Workshop) – Risk Communication; River Fork Room, 3rd floor

  • People Learn by Doing: How to Use Active learning to Communicate About Natural Hazard Risks – Brittany Brand, Boise State University

Concurrent Session R – Engineering and Mapping II; Rapids Room, 3rd floor

  • All Models are Wrong but Some are Useful … Hydraulic Modeling of the Lower Boise River – Ron Manning, SPF Water Engineering, LLC PDF 

  • The HEC‑RAS Way or the Wrong Way? – Ray Walton, WEST Consultants, Inc.

  • Mapping Channel Migration Zones with Highways, Railroads, and Levees on the Skagit River, WA – Alan Wald (retired)

  • How to Manage A River and its Floodplains when Conditions are Continually Changing due to Sediment? 
    Mark Ewbank, Herrera Environmental Consultants, Inc., and Paula Harris, Whatcom County PDF

Concurrent Session S – Emerging Tools; White Water Room, 3rd floor

  • A View of the USGS Streamgaging Network in Idaho, Past, Present, and Future: A Vital Data Resource for an Ever-Changing Environment – David Evetts, USGS PDF

  • LAMP Discovery for FEMA Region X Levees – Rae Wade and Rehal Kharel, Atkins PDF

  • Engineering Design for Coastal Flood Protection in the Pacific Northwest – Jeremy Mull, AECOM

  • FEMA Region X Risk MAP Meets You Where You Are – Wendy Shaw and Cynthia McCoy, FEMA Region X Risk Analysis Branch

Concurrent Session T (Workshop) – Post-Wildfire III; Ivy Room, 2nd floor

  • Two Years of Tools and Take-Aways from the Washington Post-Wildfire Flood Committee – Travis Ball, USACE, Seattle