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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
   Election time is here again.  The Nominating Committee has created a list of NMFMA members willing to serve on the Board of Directors for the next 2 years.  After you log in with your member password, VOTE for your choice of officers by clicking on the blue tab labeled Election-NMFMA Board.  Please vote.  It is your association and it can only serve you when you actively participate.

All voting will be done on the web site and on-line voting will close on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:00.

The Spring 2014 workshop will be held in Clovis, NM  April 15-18, 2014.   Louis Gordon, 575-763-9639,, is the Conference Director and Eric Nemeth, 505-855-7417, is the Program Director. 

The Days Inn and Suites has informed us that their block of rooms for our workshop has been extended through April 11.  The room rates are $54.95 and $64.95.  If you don't already have a room, now is a good time to reserve one.  (575-762-4491)

Calling All Conference Attendees!!  We are excited to continue the Silent Auction as a fundraiser for our New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association this year following its tremendous success at the conference in Hobbs/Lea County last fall.  All attendees are invited to bring a silent auction item with them – something unique to their community - to the Clovis Floodplain Managers conference in April.  The contact for the auction is Mr. Louis Gordon with the City of Clovis at (575) 763-9639


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
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 the Fall 2013 conference presentations, go to the Committees tab and click on the Conference Committee page.






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



    New CFMs


NMFMA recognizes CFMs who were recently certified by the NM CFM Program. Congratulations on passing the CFM exam proctored at the NMFMA Fall 2013 Workshop in Hobbs on October 16, 2013:



Bryan Aragon, CFM          Los Alamos County      
Michael Camponovo, CFM   


Alandren Etlantus, CFM Bonannan Huston, Inc
Kent Freier, CFM  Molzen Corbin
Matthew Kneeland, CFM  Pettigrew & Associates



   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 

   Wendy Blackwell, CFM, who is the State Hazard Mitigation Officer, sent the following articles that may be of interest to NMFMA members.

Press Release Template from FEMA regarding post-fire flood insurance
FEMA Region VI Powerpoint presentation on post-fire flood threat
What Insurance Agents Need to Know about the Wildfire 30-Day Waiting Period Exception (10/12/12 Memo)
The NFIP’s Specific Rate Guidelines Fact Sheet, Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act 2012
Recently added: Public Comment Period for the State Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan

You can read these on the "State of NM" tab under "Other Agencies".

    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.