Boston, MA -- The New England Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association (NEFSMA) held its annual meeting on December 7, 2000 in Newport, RI to elect new officers. Peter Richardson and Michele Steinberg were elected as the new Chair and Vice Chair of the association. NEFSMA was founded in 1991 by state floodplain managers in the New England area to promote sound floodplain and stormwater management practices. The meeting also included seminars on the Best Practices of Stormwater Management, an evaluation of the Heinz Center/ FEMA Erosion Hazards Study, a review of the 2000 National Flood Programs and a Winter Weather Update. At the same time NEFSMA also hosted an exam for professionals to become Certified Floodplain Managers that is administered by the Association of State Floodplain Managers.
During the conference luncheon Kevin Merli, Mitigation Director at the FEMA Region I and Pam Pogue, Rhode Island State Flood Insurance Coordinator presented a plaque to Michael Embry, Town Manager of Middletown, Rhode Island, commemorating the town's upgrade to a Class Eight of the Community Rating System (CRS) under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Since the town has undertaken significant flood reduction activities that exceed the minimum requirements of the NFIP all flood policyholders of Middletown will receive a 10% reduction in flood insurance premiums. There are 93 flood insurance policies in the community.