Urban Flooding Forum
2nd July 2020
The February FMA Flyer advised of the US Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) Foundation report on “the emerging threat” of urban flooding in the United States. The report Urban Flooding: Moving Towards Resilience says urban flooding is becoming more frequent and severe, with increasingly serious impacts to stormwater infrastructure, vulnerable neighbourhoods, local and regional economies, and public health.
The report is based on proceedings of the 6th Assembly of the Gilbert F. White National Flood Policy Forum, attended by more than 100 experts from local, state, and federal agencies, professional associations and environmental groups and private sector organisations. The report is at: https://www.asfpmfoundation.
FMA Deputy President Allan Gear, who has spoken at various FMA forums on overland flow and is a non-voting ASFPM Board Member, contributed to the report as an advisor.
ASFPM Foundation Board Member Mark Forest has advised that the Board is considering hosting a forum, either virtual or in-person, on the topic in 2021. As urban flooding/overland flow flooding is also an issue of keen interest to FMA Members the Board wants to explore ways to collaborate with FMA.
FMA President Ian Dinham said “the ASFPM Foundation report is a valuable blueprint for identifying the journey ahead and a joint forum would be an appropriate next step. FMA would be pleased to join with ASFPM in this project.”
This is an exciting opportunity for FMA/ASFPM collaboration and to grow our extensive pool of flood risk management knowledge internationally.