Monday, September 21, 2020

Southwest Water Resource Center Webinars On Emergencies, Floodplain Management, Integrated Water Planning

Southwestern PA Commission's Water Resource Center has scheduled three webinars on emergencies, floodplain management and integrated water resources planning.


On October 8 from Noon to 1:00 p.m. the Center will hold a How Local Officials Can Create Calm During Emergencies webinar.

Participants will learn how to navigate difficult engagements with the public during a time of social, political, or public health crisis (such as flooding or other water disaster). 

Specific instances of good and bad responses to public concerns/actions will be discussed. Participants should walk away with a working knowledge of how to “diagnose” a difficult situation and respond effectively to not compound the crisis. 

Presented by Mark Heckmann, MJH Advisors

Click Here to register.

Floodplain Management

On October 19 from Noon to 1:00 p.m. the Center will host a Floodplain Management 101 webinar.

Flooding is the #1 natural hazard to affect all Pennsylvanians. Gain a holistic understanding of the regulatory requirements for development in floodplains. 

The presenter of this course will provide an overview on NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program) and current Pennsylvania floodplain regulations in the context of the State’s model ordinance as well as International Construction Codes (ICC). 

Best practices and resources will be highlighted. Participants will learn the responsibilities for design professionals and local floodplain administrators/managers for managing flood risks and loss through proper planning, permitting, and design.

Presented by: Josh Lippert, City of Philadelphia.

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Integrated Regional Water Planning

On November 18 from Noon to 1:00 p.m. the Center will hold a History and Value of Integrated Regional Water Planning webinar.

Integrated Water Resource Planning (IWRP) has become a popular means of addressing interdependent environmental and regulatory needs in a coordinated, cost-effective way.  

An overview of Integrated Planning (history and processes), relevant but often competing motivations such as flooding, pollution reduction plans, surface water quality, droughts, etc., and examples will be discussed on prospective benefits of regional integrated planning.

Presented by: Brown and Caldwell

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For more information on programs, initiatives and other upcoming events, visit the Southwestern PA Commission's Water Resource Center website.

[Posted: Sept. 21, 2020]  PA Environment Digest 

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