Upper Monongahela Watershed Discovery Meeting

FEMA Announcement
4 June 2014

Dear Upper Monongahela Watershed Stakeholders:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region III has initiated the Risk MAP Discovery process for the Upper Monongahela Watershed. The Discovery process involves a dialogue among FEMA, communities and other watershed stakeholders to discuss and exchange data about flood risk and increasing resilience. Information about the Risk MAP program and Discovery process are available at:  https://www.rampp-team.com/fact_region3.htm.

Discovery Meetings

You are invited to attend one of two Discovery Meetings to discuss flood risk, resilience, and whether a Risk MAP project is suitable within your watershed.  These very important meetings will be held on:

Monday, June 9, 2014 from 2:30 – 6:30 PM at I-79 Technology Park, Robert H. Mollohan Research Center, Exhibition Hall, 1000 Galliher Drive, Fairmont, West Virginia 26554

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 2:30 – 6: 30 PM at West Virginia University, Dept. of Geology & Geography, 325 Brooks Hall, 98 Beechurst Avenue, Morgantown, West Virginia 26506

If you plan to participate in one of these meetings, please reply to this email and indicate which meeting you will attend.

For the meeting on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at West Virginia University, please see that attached campus maps for directions to the venue and parking availability.  Parking is available in the Short Term Parking lots noted on the map for the cost of up to $1.25 per hour.  Access to Brooks Hall is best from the University side of the building, walking in from the Lair or Downtown Morgantown. Elevators operate between the 5 th and Ground floors of Brooks Hall.

At the meetings, we will review the flood risk data we have gathered to date, discuss your community’s flooding history, development plans, flood risk concerns, stormwater and floodplain management activities and other daily operations that impact your flood risk. The content of both meetings will be the same. You are invited to attend whichever meeting is more convenient for you.

Pre-Meeting Web Conferences

FEMA will also host three Web Conferences on Thursday, June 5, 2014 to introduce Upper Monongahela Watershed stakeholders to Risk Map and the Discovery process and respond to your initial questions. Discussing some of this material in advance of the Discovery Meetings will enable meeting participants to engage in more meaningful conversations about flood risk and resilience. Although each Web Conference will focus on a particular group of stakeholders, you are invited to participate in whichever call is most convenient for you.

Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 9:00 – 10:00 AM – Community Officials
Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 10:30 – 11:30 AM – Non-Profit and Educational Organizations
Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM – Businesses and Other Private Organizations

The Web Conference information for each call is the same:
Call-in number: 888-369-1427
Access Code: 2489692
Link to the Web Conference: https://connect15.uc.att.com/urs/meet/?ExEventID=82489692  
Meeting number (if requested) 888-369-1427
Access Code: 2489692#

To prepare in advance for the conference (for all devices) visit https://connect15.uc.att.com/urs/Prepare/ 

To view supported Operating Systems and devices visit http://www.uc.att.com/support/SupportedDevices.html

Other Information

To join the email list for the project, please reply to this email.

[at  uppermonongahela@rampp-team.com]

For communities, we recommend that in addition to your community CEO, you consider asking your emergency managers, GIS staff, floodplain administrator, engineers, public outreach specialists and/or planners to participate in the calls and meetings as appropriate given your community’s resources. For all stakeholders, we recommend inviting other organizations with a vested interest in your watershed’s resources, floodplains, and flood risk.

We have attached a Discovery Data Questionnaire for you to complete if you have flood risk data that you would like to share with FEMA. It is important to complete the questionnaire and submit it to this email address at your earliest convenience.

FEMA is committed to ensuring that the Discovery Meetings and materials are accessible to all, and so in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (www.ada.gov), reasonable accommodations are available upon request.  Please include a description of the accommodation you will need, including as much detail as you can.  Please include a way we can contact you if more information is needed.  Make your request as early as possible; please allow at least 5 days advance notice.  Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill.  Please contact Peter J. Herrick, Jr. at peter.herrickjr@fema.dhs.gov or 215-931-5949 with any questions or concerns regarding accommodations.

We thank you for supporting this effort. The partnership between FEMA and your community will be vital to our success in identifying flood risks and needs that may exist.  If you have any questions regarding Discovery, please reply to this email or contact to contact the Study Manager, Marc Radell, at 215-681-9032 or marc.radell@urs.com.

Cynthia McCoy
GIS/Risk Analyst