Floodplain management focus of Sea Grant workshop

June 16, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is partnering with government agencies and industry groups in presenting Indiana's first Coastal No Adverse Impact Workshop to help improve management of stormwater and floodplains in the Lake Michigan region.

The event will be held June 25 in the Clipper Room of the Hammond Marina, 701 Casino Center Drive in Hammond, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration deadline is Friday (June 19).

The free event focuses on applying the Association of State Floodplain Managers' No Adverse Impact approach in northwest Indiana. There will be emphasis on "green infrastructure" - vegetation, soils and natural processes used to manage water and create healthier urban environments - and regionally relevant legal issues practitioners face. Such issues include liability, the Public Trust Doctrine, planning and community outreach.

The workshop will be of interest to certified floodplain managers, planners, attorneys, coastal resource managers, health department staff, stormwater managers and local officials.

Participants will:

* Learn from regional experts and managers about the legalities central to floodplain management, planning and hazard mitigation.

* Build relationships with the variety of practitioners attending.

* Discover how flooding has affected Indiana's municipalities and learn about novel solutions individuals and organizations across the state are implementing to increase resilience.

No Adverse Impact floodplain management offers local governments a way to prevent the worsening of flooding and other situations caused by a property owner's actions that affect others. The impacts can be measured in terms of increased flood peaks, increased flood stages, higher flood velocities, increased erosion and sedimentation or others a community considers important.

With this strategy, a community can develop a comprehensive plan to manage acceptable levels of a development's environmental impact.

 No Adverse Impact criteria can be extended to entire watersheds to help mitigate damage from increased runoff from urban areas.

The workshop, part of Lake Michigan Coastal Awareness Month in Indiana, is pending approval for the following continuing education credits: American Planning Association, Certification Maintenance; certified floodplain managers, Association of State Floodplain Mangers; Legal Education, Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education; and professional engineers, Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.

Workshop sponsors and partners include Indiana Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management, Lake Michigan Coastal Program, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, Porter County Surveyor, Association of State Floodplain Managers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coastal Storms Program.

Registration information is available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coastal-no-adverse-impact-approach-workshop-tickets-17027545848

Writer: Keith Robinson, 765-494-2722, robins89@purdue.edu 

Source: Kara Salazar, 765-496-1070, salazark@purdue.edu

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