Washington, D.C. — EPA is promoting integration of FEMA hazard mitigation plans and water quality plans to support projects that reduce natural hazards while emphasizing water quality benefits. This webcast — Thursday, March 14, 2019 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST — will look at two completed pilot projects that have successfully integrated watershed planning, green infrastructure practices, and source water protection into FEMA hazard mitigation plans.

Learn about community benefits, including:

  • Better results through watershed planning that optimizes water quality, floodplain management, and hazard risk reduction.
  • More opportunity for green infrastructure solutions to hazards.
  • Reduced flood insurance rates for communities that adopt stormwater policies that reduce risk, including green infrastructure and watershed planning.
  • Potentially meeting requirements for reducing water quality impairments faster through risk management.
  • Availability of FEMA and other federal funding for water quality projects that also mitigate hazards.

Webcast participants are eligible to receive a certificate for their attendance. The webcast presentations are posted in advance at www.epa.gov/watershedacademy/watershed-academy-webcast-seminars and participants are encouraged to download them prior to the webcast.

Speakers are Myra Schwartz, EPA Region 1; Carrie Robinette, FEMA; and Josh Bruce, Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience

Register in advance at the Watershed Academy webcast website at www.epa.gov/watershedacademy/watershed-academy-webcast-seminars.