The Flood Management Committee coordinates and resolves member issues related to planning, funding, constructing, and maintaining flood risk management and ecosystem restoration projects. The committee maintains active liaison relationships primarily with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers but also with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal agencies involved with federal flood risk management programs, regulations, policies, and funding. Particular emphasis is on the Water Resources Development Act, Clean Water Act, Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act National Dam Safety Program, National Levee Safety Act and other similar acts, programs, implementation and/or policy guidance originating in the federal government.
Vincent Gin, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Santa Clara, CA
Vincent Gin leads the Watershed Stewardship and Planning Division at Santa Clara Valley Water District, in California. Vincent received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from UC Irvine and is a registered engineer in California. He has over 25 years of experience in flood control, environmental permitting, water quality, harbor infrastructure, and project delivery. He is also an active member in the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies and is a co-Chair of NAFSMA Flood Management Committee.
Planning Director Multnomah County Drainage District, Portland, OR
Sunny Simpkins is the Planning Director at the Multnomah County Drainage District. In this position, Ms. Simpkins oversees planning, emergency management, communications, environmental programs, government relations, permitting, and project management. She has over 15 years of experience in environmental and engineering geology, flood control, environmental permitting, natural resources, and project delivery. Ms. Simpkins received her B.S. in Geology from University of Texas at Austin and M.S. in Geology from Portland State University. She serves as one of the co-chairs for Flood Management Committee and Levee Committee for the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA), and as the secretary on the board of the Columbia Slough Watershed Council. On her free time, she spends time planning out her next trip with her husband and two sons.
Flood Risk Management – NAFSMA encourages active engagement among the federal agencies involved in flood risk management and related activities so that federal policies are developed and implemented in an integrated and consistent manner.
Federal Authorization and Appropriation Issues
Water Resources Development Act – NAFSMA supports biennial Water Resources Development Acts (WRDA) as a means to seek new projects, modify previously authorized projects, and to see policy changes that support programs that reduce flood risks, restore ecosystems, provide quality recreation, and improve the environment in our communities.
- NAFSMA September 2013 Letter of Support for House Water Resources Reform and Development Act
- H.R. 3080
- The Importance of WRDA
- NAFSMA Testimony on WRDA in the House of Representatives April 2013
- NAFSMA Testimony on WRDA in the Senate November 2012
- S. 601 as approved by the U.S. Senate in May 2013
Levee Safety – NAFSMA supports the development of a National Levee Safety Program that is voluntary and incentive based, and includes qualified states, local and regional flood control districts.
Waters of the United States Rulemaking
Principles and Requirements for Water Resources Projects
Clean Water Act Wetlands Waters of the U.S. Regulatory Issues
- EPA Releases New Report Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence – September 2013. Draft Waters of the U.S. Rulemaking Sent to OMB for review.
- NAFSMA Final Comments CWA – June 22, 2011