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New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association
PO Box 3924 - Roswell, NM 88202- 575-937-1691

Hatch, NM
June, 2006

Ruidoso, NM
July, 2008

Ruidoso, NM
July, 2008

Alamogordo, NM  
June, 2006

Alamogordo, NM  
June, 2006
     NMFMA Board Elections were held via the web site prior to the Spring 2014 Workshop in Clovis last week.  Our newly elected officers are:

First Vice Chair               Michele Truby-Tillen, CFM                     San Juan County
Secretary                        Shawn Penman, CFM                            UNM  RGIS/EDAC
Treasurer                        JD Padilla, CFM                                     City of Las Cruces
Region II Director            Paul Dugie, CFM                                   Dona Ana County Flood Comm
Region IV Director          Mike Czosnek, CFM                               City of Socorro

   Congratulations to our new Board members and thank you for your service and support of NMFMA.  You can see all Board contact information on the Contact Us button of our home page.

  The FEMA E273 4-day course is coming to NM in June.  Jim DeAngelo, our Training and Education Committee Chair has organized the course to be taught by FEMA Region 6 personnel at the URS Corporation offices in Albuquerque.  The CFM exam will be proctored on the Friday following the course.

  All the information about registering for the course and the location of the URS offices is on the Registration page.  If you have any questions, please contact Jim DeAngelo, , or Grant Pinkerton, .


The Fall 2014 workshop will be held in Elephant Butte, NM  October 14-17, 2014.  Carlos Bustamante, 575-405-9131, is the Conference Director.  John Gwynne, 575-525-5554,, and Carl Lukesh, 575-525-5558, , are co-Program Directors.  Please contact John or Carl if you would like to make a presentation at the workshop.
The Spring 2015 workshop will be held in Albuquerque in April 2015.  Curtis Cherne, 505-924-3986, is the Conference Director.

The Fall 2015 workshop will be held in Ruidoso in October, 2015.  Curt Temple, 575-258-5934, is the Conference Director.

To see Power Point versions of past conference presentations, go to the Committees tab and click on the Conference Committee page.  You must be an active member to access these presentations.

    New CFMs


NMFMA recognizes CFMs who were recently certified by the NM CFM Program. Congratulations on passing the CFM exam proctored at the NMFMA Spring 2014 Workshop in Clovis on April 16, 2014:



Daniel Aguirre, CFM          Wilson & Company     
Brian Cribbin, CFM   

Taos County

David Gasch, CFM Lea County
Ralph Lopez, CFM  City of Tucumcari
Donald Plotner, CFM  City of Artesia
Sammy Standefer, CFM
City of Portales








Outreach Process Partners Announces the Winner of the Annual

“Flood Risk Education In Schools Campaign” Giveaway Contest


(Albuquerque, NM) – Due to an impressive application highlighting their outreach goals and needs for their community, the New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association won Outreach Process Partners’ annual Flood Risk Education In Schools contest. The contest awards the winner one WARD’s Stormwater Floodplain Simulation System (also referred as the flood model) with a custom case for use in their youth education and outreach programming.


In an effort to support outreach to educate our Nation’s youth affected by flooding and promote floodplain management, the Flood Risk Education In Schools campaign aims to inform children, teens and young adults about the importance of floodplain management. As part of this pro bono/give-back effort lead by Outreach Process Partners, LLC (OPP), an annual contest is held to determine the recipient of a WARD’s Stormwater Floodplain Simulation System. 


“New Mexico experienced significant flooding this past summer due to the cyclical process typically caused by spring winds followed by wild fires and subsequent flooding. This recent flooding impacted youth in New Mexico, including youth on tribal reservations,” said David Turk, Chairman of the New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association. “This floodplain simulator will be used to educate New Mexico youth and families, including those on tribal reservations, about processes and dangers associated with flooding. It will be used to empower New Mexico youth and families with information to heal from tragic consequences and engage in community capacity building and resilience, and prepare a new generation of youth who understand flooding from an engineering and scientific perspective.”




In collaboration with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Outreach Process Partners, LLC (OPP) is leading the Flood Risk Education In Schools campaign. The overall mission of the campaign is to help children in recently flooded areas understand what happened through hands-on play so they can begin to process the event and heal from the trauma of flooding. By featuring WARD’s Stormwater Floodplain Simulation System or other flood models in school or other youth-based presentations, these educational demonstrations showcase the effects of flooding and how proper floodplain management can reduce and/or eliminate potential damages.




NMFMA is New Mexico’s Chapter of the Association of State Floodplain Managers and a respected voice in floodplain management practice and policy in New Mexico. 

NMFMA and its mission to reduce the losses, costs, and human suffering caused by flooding; to educate New Mexicans about floods, floodplains and floodplain management; and to promote a balance between development and the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains.


For more information about NMFMA, please visit our website at


   BW12 Webinars:

See more info on the FEMA/NFIP page under the Other Agency tab.
     NMFMA has purchased 24 copies of "Federal Flood Policies - The Cause of Flood Disasters", a book on CD written by Leslie A. Bond.  These copies were purchased at the pre-publication price of $10 and are available to our membership as long as they last.  You can order a copy by sending your $10 to NMFMA, PO Box 3924, Roswell, NM  88202.  NMFMA will pay the postage.

More information about the book and the author is available at 

    Fall 2013 Workshop Sponsors


NMFMA would like to thank the following sponsors of the Fall 2013 Workshop in Hobbs, NM.  Sponsors assisted with the cost of breaks and the social events that we all enjoyed during the conference.  Thank you for your generosity and continuing support of NMFMA.  Click HERE to see the Sponsorship Brochure.








Dennis Engineering Company
Wilbanks Trucking, Inc
State Farm Insurance - David Whitten 


    NMFMA Committees


    Conference Committee


Purpose:    To plan and produce semi-annual workshops for New Mexico

                    floodplain managers and others.

Chair:    Mike Czosnek, CFM, City of Socorro 


    GIS Committee   


Purpose:    To make GIS more available to NMFMA members

                    and communities throughout the State.

Chair:    Eric Nemeth, CFM, URS Corporation,


Our GIS Committee Page contains interesting tidbits from the worlds of GIS and is updated regularly.


   Training and Education Committee


Purpose:  To develop training and education opportunities for floodplain managers and others.
Chair:    Jim DeAngelo, CFM, URS Corporation,


NMFMA is interested in developing more training opportunities for its members.  If you have ideas about training classes that can be given at our conferences/ workshops or as separate training events, please contact us.