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, County of Orange, Santa Ana, CA
Vincent Gin leads the Engineering Project Management Division in Orange County Public Works, in Orange County, California. Vincent received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from UC Irvine and is a registered engineer in California. He has over 20 years of experience in flood control, environmental permitting, water quality, harbor infrastructure, and project delivery. Vincent currently serves as the Chair of the Orange County NPDES Technical Advisory Committee and has previously served as the Chair of Orange County's Trash and Debris Task Force. He is also an active member in the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies, the National Associations of Counties, and the County Engineers Association of California.
Stephen T. Graham, Assistant General Manager, San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio, TX
Steve Graham has been with the San Antonio River Authority since 1991 and assumed the duties of Assistant General Manager on June 2006. As Assistant General Manager of the San Antonio River Authority (SARA), Mr. Graham directs the administration and business of the operational and technical departments within the Authority, including Watershed Engineering, Watershed Operations, Utilities, Environmental Sciences, Real Estate, and Parks with a total of approximately180 employees in these areas. Mr. Graham is responsible for furthering the mission of the Authority through the operation and development of water and wastewater treatment facilities, environmental protection, promotion of low impact development, and water quality in the San Antonio River Basin and advancement of flood control, engineering, and project management to meet the needs of the district. Mr. Graham assists the General Manager and serves as liaison with local, state and federal elected and appointed officials and agencies on matters of interest to the Authority.
Mr. Graham has twenty-seven years of professional engineering experience, has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a member of Chi Epsilon Engineering Honor Society.
Melanie Richardson, Santa Clara Valley Water District
Melanie Richardson is the Deputy Operating Officer for the Watersheds Design and Construction Division at the Santa Clara Valley Water District (District). She has been at the District for 23 years and has been in this position for about 3 years. Ms. Richardson is responsible for planning, design and construction of approximately $950 million in capital flood protection and watershed stream stewardship projects. Melanie is a registered Civil Engineer in the state of California and serves as one of the two Designated Engineers for the District. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University.
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.
- NAFSMA Levee Safety Resolution
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