Past Conferences

15th Annual Conference Highlights

October 25 – 27, 2017

Kalahari Resort

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin


2017 WAFSCM Conference Brochure (click here)
2017 WAFSCM Conference Schedule of Events (click here)
2017 WAFSCM Conference Presentation Abstracts (click here)
2017 WAFSCM Conference Speaker Biographies (click here)


14th Annual Conference Highlights

November 9 – 11, 2016

Radisson Hotel

La Crosse, Wisconsin


2016 WAFSCM Conference Brochure
2016 WAFSCM Conference Presentation Abstracts
2016 WAFSCM Conference Speaker Bios


13th Annual Conference Highlights

November 4 – 6, 2015

Country Springs Hotel – Conference Center

Pewaukee, Wisconsin


2015 WAFSCM Conference Brochure (printer friendly)
2015 WAFSCM Conference Speaker Abstracts (printer friendly)
WAFSCM Awards Past Winners (2006-2014)


Evaluating Permeable Pavement Options,
J. Scott Mathie, Spancrete

The Role of “Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance” for Stormwater and Flood Management in the Midwest,
Adrienne Cizek, Stormwater Solutions Engineering

Using 1D / 2D Modeling to Analyze Stormwater Flooding Issues in La Crosse,
Michael Schwar, Montgomery Associates: Resource Solutions

Increased Bluff Stability along the Lake Michigan Shoreline in Southeastern Wisconsin between 1976 and 2012,
David M. Mickelson, Geo-Professional Consultants

Lake Michigan-Waukesha Transfer Project, Status Update for EIS,
Shaili Pfeiffer, WDNR Water Use Section

Oconomowoc Watershed Protection Program,
Tom Steinbach, City of Oconomowoc

State of Wisconsin: DNR and WEM, Rock River Flood Inundation Mapping Project,
Roxanne Gray, Meg Galloway, Chris Olds, WDNR

Integrating Climate Change into Oconto County Hazard Mitigation Planning,
Julia Noordyk, UW Sea Grant Institute

The Community Rating System (CRS): Preparing for a CRS Verification Visit,
Lou Ann Patellaro, Insurance Services Office

Flooding and Vulnerability in the Upper Fox River Basin,
Angelina Hanson, Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Improving Customer Service: A web based application for technical assistance requests,
Meg Galloway, WDNR

Pervious, Permeable, and Porous…..are they really the same?,
Mark Walker, Kuert Concrete

Pike River Restoration Adaptive Design and Management: From Cabbages to Cordgrass,
Alice Thompson, Thompson and Associates Wetland Services

Stormwater Innovation at Summerfest,
Carrie Bristoll-Groll, Alyssa Schmitt, Stormwater Solutions Engineering


2015 WAFSCM Annual Conference Sponsors


12th Annual Conference Highlights

Water – from Sewer to Stream to Shoreline

October 29 – October 31, 2014

Glacier Canyon Lodge Conference Center

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Quick links:

2014 WAFSCM Conference Brochure (printer friendly)

2014 WAFSCM Thursday Abstracts Combined (printer friendly)




Mail-in Registration Form: 2014 Conference Mail-in Registration Form

Our 2014 Sponsors and Exhibitors:

2014 Exhibitors Sign

2014 Sponsors Sign



“Water – from Sewer to Stream to Shoreline”

October 29 – October 31, 2014

Glacier Canyon Lodge Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI

The Wisconsin Association for Floodplain, Stormwater, and Coastal Management (WAFSCM) is holding its 12th Annual Conference on October 29 – October 31, 2014, at the Glacier Canyon Lodge Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI. We’re excited about this year’s fine lineup of workshops, speakers, and field tours. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) can be achieved for all the conference events, up to 12 PDHs* for attending events Wednesday through Friday.

The first day of the conference includes three workshops, a water park tour and a reception. We will again be offering the Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) Refresher on Wednesday and the CFM exam on Friday morning. In addition, staff from Baird will hold a half day workshop on Coastal Shoreland Protection and Hazards. ISO, Inc. will have a half day workshop on the Community Rating System (CRS) which can provide significant flood insurance discounts for participating communities. We will have the opportunity to tour the water park water recycling system at the Wilderness Resort on Wednesday right before the reception. Since the Game Night was so successful last year with cards and casual networking, we are doing it again after the reception. Thursday, our main conference day will bring plenary and concurrent sessions throughout the day. Friday will bring a field tour of the Baraboo River area and the CFM Exam. What more could you ask for in a conference?

As always, we anticipate a large and dynamic group of professionals to share their experience in floodplain, stormwater, and coastal management issues and to address our target audience, which includes local government leaders, community administrators, planning agencies, public works departments, developers, consultants, environmental groups, and state and federal agencies.

Scholarship opportunities are available again this year – see details below.


Schedule of Events


Wednesday, October 29, 2014:


    • Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) Refresher with speakers Dave Fowler (MMSD) and Ryan Van Camp (SEH). This workshop provides basic FEMA floodplain concepts that will be useful to all floodplain managers as well as anyone taking the CFM exam. Discussion items will include reading and revising FEMA floodplain maps, NFIP standards, regulatory floodplain administrative procedures, flood insurance, flood hazard mitigation, and natural and beneficial functions of floodplains. Full day from 9AM to 3:30PM. (PDH = 5.5*)
    • Community Rating System presented by Scott Cofoid and Lou Ann Patellaro (ISO, Inc.). The Community Rating System (CRS) is a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program, administered by the Insurance Services Office (ISO, Inc.) that recognizes communities for their floodplain management activities that go above and beyond the minimum NFIP standards. The CRS assigns credit points for each floodplain management activity a community performs and then correlates those points to classes and flood insurance premium discounts for homeowners in that community.This session will discuss what the CRS Program is, how it works, how to apply to the CRS and what activities a community can earn credit for doing. This session will also look at state laws and common practices that communities can take advantage of under the Program. For those not currently in the CRS, you will be scoring your community and realizing what CRS Class you can become. For those currently in the Program, you will learn what changes have been made recently to the Program and how that affects your current classification.
      Half day from 12:30PM to 3:30PM. (PDH = 3.0*)
    • Coastal Shoreland Protection Workshop provided by Baird staff Ed Liegel, Matt Clark, Craig McGillawee, and Brent Sumner to discuss Coastal Hazards including wave runup and overtopping, protection of critical facilities, coastal and marine structures, source water intakes, and habitat creation/public amenity solutions. The workshop agenda is attached below. Half day from 12:30 to 3:30PM. (PDH = 3.0*)Coastal-WS-Agenda-Final

      Water Park Tour

      Just before the reception we will have an opportunity to get a behind the scenes tour of the Wilderness Territories Water parks from 4:00PM to 5:00PM. The Director of Building Systems will explain how the water is handled, treated and routed through the various systems and water park features. This is free with a workshop or conference registration. Note that space is limited. Wear your comfortable walking shoes.

      Networking / Reception

      In the evening at the reception, you will have your first chance to meet and learn from the exhibitors and join us for a fun night of networking opportunities in an informal setting including a pizza spread served from 5:00PM to 7:00PM, cash bar from 5:00PM to 10:00PM . Come prepared to participate in the informal game night/social event which will continue until 10:00 PM.


      Thursday, October 30, 2014

      This is the main day of the conference. The event starts with a continental breakfast, and continues with an early morning business meeting with the WAFSCM Board, welcome plenary session, breakout sessions, full formal lunch awards event with speaker, all breaks, closing plenary session, and door prize give-aways. Your registration includes a 2015 WAFSCM membership.

      2014 WAFSCM Thursday Abstracts Combined (printer friendly)

      Plenary Speakers

      Opening Plenary WDNR Update – Pamela Biersach, Director, Bureau of Water Management
      Opening Plenary ASFPM Update – Ingrid Danler, ASFPM Deputy Director
      Luncheon Speaker – Matthew Marmor, Calumet County Marmor_WasteSwampLandActAbstract
      Closing Plenary – J. Elmo Rawling, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey Rawling_Coastal Dune Evolution_Abstract

      Concurrent Session 1

      Ken Potter (UW Madison), Storm Transposition for the Yahara Lakes Potter_Abstract
      Annette Humpal (NRCS) and Michael Hahn (SEWRPC), New NOAA Precipitation-Frequency Atlas for Wisconsin Hahn_Atlas14abstract
      NOAA ATLAS 14 PRES TO 2014 WAFSCM CONF (00221441xC212E)
      NRCS NOAA Atlas 14 WAFSCM 10-30-14 FINAL
      Adam Schneider (David Ford Consulting Engineers), The Corps Water Management System (CWMS) Schneider_CWMSabstract
      Alan Lulloff (ASFPM), Applying V-Zone Building Requirements on the Great Lakes Lulloff_Abstract
      Chin H Wu, William Roznik, and Nick Jordan (UW Madison), Comparison of Sediment Budgets at Two Coastal Bluffs on Lake Michigan WuRoznikJordan_AbstractBioInfo

      Concurrent Session 2

      Erik Binnie (WDNR), How Non-Regulatory Products Can Benefit Your Community Binnie_NonReg_Abstract
      Lu-Venus Mayas (WDNR), Wisconsin DNR ePermitting System Mayas_ePermittingAbstract
      Mark Mittag (CH2M HILL), Case Studies of ISIS-FAST Rapid 2D Flood Inundation Modeling Mittag_Case StudiesISIS
      Scott Cofoid (ISO Inc.), Community Rating System Breakout CRS Breakout ABSTRACT
      2014 WAFSCM CRS Session 30 mins
      Matthew Clark (W.F. Baird & Associates Ltd.), Flood Erosion and Prediction System (FEPS) Update Clark_FEPSabstract
      Nick Jordan (UW Madison), Development of Geo-Indicators for Assessment of Coastal Bluff Ecosytems along Lake Michigan Jordan_WuMickelson_AbstractSpeakerInfo

      Concurrent Session 3

      Kevin Kirsch and Eric Rortvedt (WDNR), Municipal Stormwater Permit Guidance for Implementing TMDLs Kirsch_MunicipalStormwaterTMDLAbstract
      MS4 TMDL Guidance WAFSCM
      Daniel Bounds and Kimberly Siemens (CDM Smith), The Milwaukee River Basin Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) SiemensBounds_AbstractBios
      WAFSCM TMDL Presentation 10-30-14
      Roxanne Gray (WEM), Donna Haugom (Jefferson County) and Gary Heinrichs (WDNR State Floodplain Manager), Flood Mitigation Round Table Mitigation Round Table
      John Reimer and Chin Wu (UW Madison), An Innovative Flood Warning Tool: Integrated Nowcast and Forecast Operation System for the Yahara River Chain of Lakes RiemerWu_AbstractBioinfo
      Matthew Rembold and Nathan Catania (CDM Smith), Developing and Interpreting Coastal Floodplains Along the Great Lakes Rembold_CoastalFloodplainAbstract

      The detailed conference agenda will be available in early September 2014 and will be online at that time. (PDH = 6*)

Friday, October 31, 2014

You can sit for the CFM exam (requires separate pre-registration with ASFPM) or we have set up a field trip to explore the Baraboo River area in Reedsburg and Baraboo, WI. We will view the 2008 flood areas for home buyouts, stormwater features and changes to the WWTP to mitigate flooding, and industry solutions in Reedsburg. We will then visit Baraboo for the one of the 4 dam removals and the Clark Creek floodplain projects. (PDH = 3*) Baraboo River Field Tour

*Note: PDH hours are an estimate based on past years. Actual PDH hours will be finalized upon approval from ASFPM.


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