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Just days before becoming the majority party in the U.S. Senate, 33 Republican Senators went on record criticizing the “Waters of the United States” rule.  The letters—one sent by Senator James Barasso (R-WY) and 24 senators and the other sent by GOP members of the Senate Agriculture Committee—offer significant criticisms and questions about the proposed rule.
The National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA) announced the winners of its nationwide communications contest at the organization’s national conference in Boston. The contest recognized the best outreach efforts in two categories, Public Awareness of Flooding and Improving Water Quality.
Presentations are now available from the 2014 NAFSMA Annual Meeting in Boston. Click here.
The NAFSMA Board of Directors this week approved the associations draft final comments on the pending "Waters of the United States" rulemaking proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers.  You can view NAFSMA's draft final comments here.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Technical Mapping Advisory Council (TMAC) held its first meeting in Reston, VA, on September 30 and October 1, 2014.   NAFSMA members Gale William Fraser, II, General Manager of the Clark County Regional Flood Control District, and David Mallory, Manager of Floodplain Management for the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District in Denver, Colorado serve on the TMAC and participated in the meeting.  NAFSMA Executive Director Susan Gilson attended the meeting.
On September 23rd the President signed a Continuing Resolution (P.L. 113-164) that will continue to fund government agencies like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), EPA, and FEMA at fiscal year 2014 levels through December 11, 2014.  Congress passed the legislation in mid-September before adjourning so Members of Congress could return to their districts for the upcoming midterm elections.
During August, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began a series of public listening sessions about implementation of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). 
The preliminary agenda for NAFSMA's 2014 Annual Meeting is now available. This year NAFSMA's Annual Meeting is being held at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston, Massachussets from October 14-17th.  Those interested in attending NAFSMA's Annual Meeting can register for the event here.
This week the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies’ (NAFSMA) announced that its extending nominations for the association's sixth Excellence in Communications Awards Program. The new deadline for nominations is now August 8, 2014. NAFSMA's Excellence in Communications Awards will be given in two categories:  Public Awareness of Flooding and/or Flood Prevention and/or Emergency Preparedness (campaign and/or individual items) and  Improving Water Quality (campaign and/or individual items).
Coastal flooding along the heavily populated Eastern Seaboard of the United States has dramatically increased in recent years, according to a recent climate investigation from Reuters that utilized 50 years of tide gauge data.


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