NM DHSEM/PREPAREDNESS BUREAU
Wendy Blackwell, Interim State Floodplain Coordinator
Phone: (505) 476-9676
CRS for Community Resilience Webinar Series
Nature-based Solutions, Higher Flood Management Standards and FEMA’s Community Rating System
Are you interested in reducing flood insurance premiums while enhancing your community's resilience?
Then this webinar series is for you.
TheNational Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) CommunityRating System (CRS)is a federal incentive program that provides flood insurance policyholders with discounts on their premiums in exchange for their community taking actions to reduce flood risk. This free webinar series will specifically highlight how communities may achieve success in thegreen elementsof the program.
This four-part webinar series is your opportunity to learn more about nature-based solutions for community resilience, hear success stories from around the country, ask questions, and share input. CRS experts will share their experience and knowledge about tools, regulations and the process for building community resilience through the CRS.
Individual registration is required for each session. All sessions will run from 2:00 – 3:30PM EST.
·Webinar #1: October 30, TheCRS Green GuideandNatural & Beneficial Functions of Floodplains
·Webinar #2: November 6, Building CRS Capacity:Success Stories at the Local and State Level
·Webinar #3: November 13, CRS Open Space Preservation(Activity 420)Tools, Guidance and Success Stories
·Webinar #4: November 27, CRS Stormwater Management(Activity 450) and Urban Flood Management Best Practices
Continuing Education:1 CEC for each webinar for CFMs who participate in the entire event.
COST:Free, but registration is required. Seating is limited, register early.
REGISTRATION:Individual registration is required for each webinar. Click the date for each event above to register.
All webinar presentations and materials will be made available through the
CRS for Community Resilience website.
By the end of this webinar series, participants will be able to:
·Identify natural and beneficial functions of floodplains and how they increase community resilience;
·Explain how to use theCRS Green Guideand other tools to improve their community's scores in CRS with elements that enhance community resilience;
·Describebest practices for achieving success in the CRS program; and
·Recognize actions that are credited through specific elements of the CRS program
NMDOT/NM DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION
Protect our waters: REPORT ILLICIT DISCHARGES!!
Storm drains and arroyos are for transporting rainwater runoff. Keeping our stormwater
channels clean helps keep our waters clean. Dumping any pollutants into storm drains or
arroyos is an illicit discharge, is illegal, and is a violation of the Clean Water Act. Report illicit
discharges or illicit connections by one of the methods listed at the bottom of this poster.
WHAT IS AN ILLICIT DISCHARGE?
• Sewage, pollutants, or hazardous materials introduced into the public stormwater system
Examples of public stormwater systems are curb inlets, catch basins, median drop inlets,
roadside ditches, or arroyos. Stormwater systems flow untreated to natural water bodies
and can directly affect water quality. Storm drains are there to collect stormwater runoff only!
WHAT ARE EXAMPLES OF AN ILLICIT DISCHARGE?
• pet waste (even when left on the ground during your walk)
• changing oil or antifreeze over or near a storm structure
• washing paint or construction waste down the storm drain
• yard waste
• leaking trash dumpsters
• failing septic systems
WHAT ARE SIGNS OF AN ILLICIT DISCHARGE?
• staining, residues,
• oily substances
• dry weather flows (no rain in previous 72 hours)
• cloudy waters
Oil or gas is recognized as sheen on the water. Natural sheens may be differentiated
from an oil/gas sheen by swirling the sheen around in the water. If it re-attaches to itself,
the sheen is oil/gas. Natural sheens will remain separated.
WHAT IS NOT AN ILLICIT DISCHARGE? Allowable discharges include:
• firefighting activities
• water line or hydrant flush water
• lawn water
• air conditioning condensate
• street/sidewalk wash water without detergents
• dust control water
• individual residential car washing
• irrigation water from agricultural sources
Natural sheens may appear as discrete blocks with sharp edges, and when broken
up will remain separated, while oil/gas sheens will re-attach themselves and appear
HOW DO I REPORT AN ILLICIT DISCHARGE OR SPILL?
To report an illicit discharge, illicit connection, roadside trash along the
Interstate or a state road send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 505-827-5330.
To report a spill call NM Environment Dept. at 505-827-9329.