New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association
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NMFMA RESOLUTIONS

Since September 2000, the membership of the NMFMA passed a number of resolutions aimed at improving the professionalism of its members, strengthening the state capability in floodplain management and requesting assistance to community floodplain managers from the state and federal governments. 

The NMFMA had legislation introduced to implement several of these resolutions in 2001 and 2003. This legislation was passed and signed into law. Letters have been sent to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety (DPS), which is the State NFIP Coordinating Agency, and to FEMA Region VI, requesting their assistance on other resolutions.

NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-1a: NMFMA OFFERS RECIPROCITY TO ANY CFM CERTIFIED BY AN ACCREDITED PROGRAM

NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-1: COMMUNITIES SHOULD ADOPT FLOODPLAIN REGULATIONS AND PARTICIPATE IN THE NFIP

NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-2: DPS RECOGNIZED AS STATE FLOODPLAIN COORDINATING AGENCY, RESPONSIBLE FOR CERTIFICATION OF FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS

NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-3: NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS SHOULD BE CERTIFIED

NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-4: STATE SHOULD FUND TWO ADDITIONAL STAFF FOR DPS

NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-5: DPS SHOULD DETERMINE NEED FOR NEW MAPS, STATE SHOULD PROVIDE FUNDS

NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-6: STATE SHOULD DETERMINE NEED FOR STREAM GAGE DATA, PROVIDE NECESSARY FUNDING

NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-7: DPS SHOULD DEVELOP A TECHNICAL GUIDE FOR UNMAPPED WATERCOURSES TO BE USED BY ALL COMMUNITIES

NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-8: CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE NMFMA CERTIFICATION COMMITTEE MAY APPLY FOR CERTIFICATION

NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-9: CID AND MHD MUST REGULATE NEW DEVELOPMENT TO STANDARDS IN § 3.18.7.B

NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-10: RESIDENTS SHOULD LEARN ABOUT FLOOD HAZARD AND PURCHASE FLOOD INSURANCE

NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-11: NM COMMUNITIES NEED CAVS

NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-12: FEMA SHOULD REVIEW STATUS OF COMMUNITIES WITH NO IDENTIFIED FLOOD HAZARDS

NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-13: STATE FUNDED BUILDINGS SHOULD COMPLY WITH § 3.18.7.B

NMFMA RESOLUTION 01-1: NM COMMUNITIES SHOULD HAVE A CFM NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 31, 2002

NMFMA RESOLUTION 01-2: DPS SHOULD ADOPT THE NMFMA CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

NMFMA RESOLUTION 02-1: COMMUNITY FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS SHOULD ASSIST IN EMERGENCY PLANNING WITHIN THEIR COMMUNITIES

NMFMA RESOLUTION 02-2: OWNERS OF HIGH AND SIGNIFICANT HAZARD DAMS SHOULD PREPARE EMERGENCY ACTION PLANS

NMFMA RESOLUTION R 03-1: NEW MEXICO COMMUNITIES SHOULD COUNT THE NUMBER OF BUILDINGS IN THEIR FLOODPLAINS

NMFMA RESOLUTION R 03-2:  NEW MEXICO COMMUNITIES SHOULD CONSIDER ADOPTION OF HIGHER FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT STANDARDS

NMFMA RESOLUTION R-06-01: ALL BUILDING PERMITS AND PLACEMENT PERMITS FOR MANUFACTURED HOMES MUST BE REVIEWED BY THE COMMUNITY


NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-1a: NMFMA OFFERS RECIPROCITY TO ANY CFM CERTIFIED BY AN ACCREDITED PROGRAM

 Whereas, the New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association (NMFMA) is affiliated with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM); and

Whereas, NMFMA has a Certified Floodplain Manager program accredited by ASFPM; and

Whereas, NMFMA desires to offer reciprocity to Floodplain Managers certified by other ASFPM accredited programs;

Therefore, be it resolved that the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association does hereby offer reciprocity to any Certified Floodplain Manager certified by an ASFPM accredited program.

ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION THIS 25TH DAY OF MAY, 2000.

(Signed) Mike Czosnek, Chair, NMFMA


NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-1: COMMUNITIES SHOULD ADOPT FLOODPLAIN REGULATIONS AND PARTICIPATE IN THE NFIP

WHEREAS the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has been developed to provide protection to residents of the nation's floodplains; and

WHEREAS floodplain residents may not purchase flood insurance through the NFIP unless the community in which they reside participates in the NFIP; and

WHEREAS communities must implement floodplain management regulations for new development in floodplains in order to participate in the NFIP; and

WHEREAS the regulatory requirements of the NFIP are the basis for the statutory requirements for New Mexico communities which regulate floodplain development; and

WHEREAS failure to participate in the NFIP makes a community ineligible for certain types of disaster assistance; and

WHEREAS some communities in New Mexico do not participate in the NFIP and therefore deprive their floodplain residents the privilege of purchasing flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program; and

WHEREAS participation in the NFIP is beneficial to the floodplain residents, the communities in which they reside and the State of New Mexico; and

WHEREAS non-participation in the NFIP by any New Mexico community will pose an undue hardship on the floodplain residents of that community, the community itself and the State of New Mexico:

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED that all communities in New Mexico should adopt appropriate floodplain management regulations and apply to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program.

ADOPTED BY THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION THIS 21ST DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2000.

(Signed) Mike Czosnek, Chair, NMFMA


NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-2: DPS RECOGNIZED AS STATE FLOODPLAIN COORDINATING AGENCY, RESPONSIBLE FOR CERTIFICATION OF FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS

WHEREAS in 1992, the Governor of the State of New Mexico designated the State Department of Public Safety (DPS) as the State Coordinating Agency for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); and

WHEREAS § 3.18.7.C NMSA 1978 as amended requires New Mexico communities which regulate floodplain development to have an inspector approved pursuant to the Construction Industries Licensing Act; and

WHEREAS § 3.18.7.F NMSA 1978 as amended states that the Environmental Improvement Agency or the Construction Industries Commission may assist communities by providing technical advice and assistance; and

WHEREAS the Construction Industries Commission has not established an appropriate approval program for persons qualified to administer community floodplain management regulations; and

WHEREAS the Construction Industries Commission has not effectively assisted communities in administering their floodplain management regulations by providing technical advice and assistance; and

WHEREAS staff of the DPS has assisted the New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association (NMFMA) in the development of a nationally accredited certification program for floodplain managers; and

WHEREAS staff of the DPS has, since 1992, assisted the NMFMA and many communities in implementing floodplain management regulations adopted pursuant to §3.18.7.A NMSA 1978 as amended:

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED that the DPS should be recognized as the state floodplain coordinating agency; and

FURTHERMORE that the DPS should be designated as the state agency responsible for administering the certification program for New Mexico floodplain managers; and

FURTHERMORE that DPS should be designated as the state agency responsible for providing training and technical advice and assistance to community floodplain managers in implementing floodplain management regulation adopted pursuant to §3.18.7.A NMSA 1978 as amended.

ADOPTED BY THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION THIS 21ST DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2000.

(Signed) Mike Czosnek, Chair, NMFMA


NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-3: NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS SHOULD BE CERTIFIED

WHEREAS a national certification program has been developed for floodplain managers; and

WHEREAS a training course is available to prepare community floodplain managers to pass the examination required for this certification; and

WHEREAS the New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association (NMFMA) is accredited as an administrator of the examination for national certification; and

WHEREAS the Department of Public Safety (DPS) has worked with the NMFMA to develop this certification program and has assisted in providing training for floodplain managers who desire to become certified; and

WHEREAS nationally certified floodplain managers have proven their knowledge of the profession of floodplain management:

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED that all floodplain managers in New Mexico should become Certified Floodplain Managers (CFMs) by passing the New Mexico CFM examination; and

FURTHERMORE that the DPS should ensure that training and other assistance is provided to any New Mexico floodplain manager who wishes to become a CFM; and

FURTHERMORE that New Mexico communities should support this certification by providing time for their floodplain managers to study for the CFM examination and should pay the fees for certification for their floodplain managers; and

FURTHERMORE that all New Mexico communities should employ or contract for the services of at least one CFM no later than June 30, 2002; and

FURTHERMORE, starting June 30, 2002, that whenever the State of New Mexico or its communities contract for floodplain management work, including floodplain management plans and hazard mitigation plans, the contractor must have at least one CFM on staff.

ADOPTED BY THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION THIS 21ST DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2000.

(Signed) Mike Czosnek, Chair, NMFMA


NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-4: STATE SHOULD FUND TWO ADDITIONAL STAFF FOR DPS

WHEREAS the Department of Public Safety (DPS) has been designated as the State Coordinating Agency for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); and

WHEREAS the State NFIP Coordinating Agency provides training and technical assistance to New Mexico communities that are administering floodplain management regulations; and

WHEREAS New Mexico communities need more technical assistance in floodplain management than can be provided by the current DPS staff;

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED that the State of New Mexico should provide funding for two additional staff persons for DPS to provide training and technical assistance in floodplain management for New Mexico communities.

ADOPTED BY THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION THIS 21ST DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2000.

(Signed) Mike Czosnek, Chair, NMFMA


NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-5: DPS SHOULD DETERMINE NEED FOR NEW MAPS, STATE SHOULD PROVIDE FUNDS

WHEREAS the Department of Public Safety (DPS) has been designated as the State Coordinating Agency for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); and

WHEREAS floodplain management depends on current floodplain maps; and

WHEREAS the floodplain maps for many New Mexico communities were produced more than ten years ago, and several are more than 20 years old; and

WHEREAS the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is requesting funds for a national floodplain map modernization effort: and

WHEREAS priorities for the FEMA map modernization program will be partially determined by matching funds from states and communities:

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED that the DPS should determine the need for new floodplain maps for New Mexico communities; and

FURTHERMORE based on this determination, the State should provide funds to DPS to obtain new topographic maps for floodplains in New Mexico to serve as a match for FEMA mapping funds.

ADOPTED BY THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION THIS 21ST DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2000.

(Signed) Mike Czosnek, Chair, NMFMA


NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-6: STATE SHOULD DETERMINE NEED FOR STREAM GAGE DATA, PROVIDE NECESSARY FUNDING

WHEREAS the Department of Public Safety (DPS) has been designated as the State Coordinating Agency for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); and

WHEREAS floodplain management depends on floodplain maps; and

WHEREAS the best floodplains maps are based on hydrologic analysis of stream flow data:

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED that the DPS should work with the State Engineer, the US Geological Survey and others to determine the need for stream gage data throughout the state; and

FURTHERMORE the State should provide funding for the development and maintenance of a stream gage system that will provide the hydrologic data needed to develop good floodplain maps.

ADOPTED BY THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION THIS 21ST DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2000.

(Signed) Mike Czosnek, Chair, NMFMA


NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-7: DPS SHOULD DEVELOP A TECHNICAL GUIDE FOR UNMAPPED WATERCOURSES TO BE USED BY ALL COMMUNITIES

WHEREAS the Department of Public Safety (DPS) has been designated as the State Coordinating Agency for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); and

WHEREAS floodplain management depends on floodplain maps; and

WHEREAS many watercourses in New Mexico are not mapped; and

WHEREAS new development in unmapped watercourses are usually not protected from future flooding; and

WHEREAS there are techniques for estimating floodplain boundaries, flood elevations and floodways for unmapped watercourses:

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED that the State should provide funds to the DPS to develop a technical guide for estimating the floodplain boundaries, flood elevations and floodway limits for unmapped watercourses in New Mexico; and

FURTHERMORE the statutes should be amended to require that this guide be used by all New Mexico communities as a minimum requirement to make determinations in the floodplains of unmapped watercourses.

ADOPTED BY THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION THIS 21ST DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2000.

((Signed) Mike Czosnek, Chair, NMFMA


NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-8 : CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE NMFMA CERTIFICATION COMMITTEE MAY APPLY FOR CERTIFICATION

WHEREAS the NMFMA Certification Committee has developed the CFM program for New Mexico and developed an examination which is normally required for certification; and

WHEREAS the NMFMA certification program is accredited by the Certification Board of Regents (CBOR) of the Association of State Floodplain Managers ; and

WHEREAS the CBOR has said that persons who developed an examination for certification may not take such exam until at least one year after they are off of the committee whichdeveloped such exam; and

WHEREAS the NMFMA Certification Committee members have demonstrated their knowledge of floodplain management, their professionalism and their character by developing the program and the examination:

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED that the five current members of the NMFMA Certification Committee, specifically Diane Calhoun, Mike Dunagan, Jerry Lazari, Bet Lotosky and Grant Pinkerton, be allowed to become Certified Floodplain Managers (CFMs) upon completion of the CFM application and payment of the application fees no later than December 31, 2000; and

FURTHERMORE that if they make application and become certified, these five current members of the NMFMA Certification Committee shall have all of the rights and privileges granted to any CFM under the NMFMA Certification Charter; and

FURTHERMORE that if they make application and become certified, these five current members of the NMFMA Certification Committee must renew their certification as required under the NMFMA Certification Charter; and

FURTHERMORE that all future members of the NMFMA Certification Committee must be CFMs, and that the NMFMA Charter should be revised to reflect this requirement; and

FURTHERMORE that this action does not create or imply any precedent for any other persons now or in the future to receive certification through the NMFMA certification program without taking the required examination.

ADOPTED BY THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION THIS 21ST DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2000.

(Signed) Mike Czosnek, Chair, NMFMA


NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-9: CID AND MHD MUST REGULATE NEW DEVELOPMENT TO STANDARDS IN § 3.18.7.B

WHEREAS the New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association (NMFMA) is an organization of professionals with the purpose of improving floodplain management throughout the State; and

WHEREAS § 3.18.7.A NMSA 1978 as amended enables New Mexico communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations; and

WHEREAS a number of New Mexico communities have not adopted regulations under § 3.18.7.A NMSA; and

WHEREAS the Construction Industries Division (CID) and the Mobile Home Division (MHD) of the State Regulation and Licensing Department have specific responsibilities to regulate new construction in floodplains; and

WHEREAS there are communities where CID and MHD have sole responsibility for buildings or mobile homes placed in identified flood hazard areas; and

WHEREAS if CID and MHD do not require all new buildings and mobile homes to be built in compliance with the standards in § 3.18.7.B NMSA 1978 as amended, some of those buildings will be subject to flooding, even though the flood hazard has been identified;

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED that the CID and the MHD must ensure that new development in floodplains shall be regulated to consistent standards as prescribed by § 3.18.7.B NMSA 1978 as amended: and

FURTHERMORE that these consistent standards will provide a higher level of protection from flood damage to all occupants of new development throughout the State; and

FURTHERMORE that the NMFMA will assist CID and MHD in this regulation.

ADOPTED BY THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION THIS 21ST DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2000.

(Signed) Mike Czosnek, Chair, NMFMA


NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-10: RESIDENTS SHOULD LEARN ABOUT FLOOD HAZARD AND PURCHASE FLOOD INSURANCE

WHEREAS the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has been developed to provide protection to residents of the nation's floodplains; and

WHEREAS floodplain residents who do not have insurance which specifically covers their buildings and contents for flood damage may only receive minimal federal disaster assistance; and

WHEREAS uncompensated flood damage is a burden to the owner, the community and the State of New Mexico:

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED that all New Mexico residents should find out if their buildings are in floodplains, if they are in a community which participates in the NFIP, and should purchase flood insurance if they are.

ADOPTED BY THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION THIS 21ST DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2000.

(Signed) Mike Czosnek, Chair, NMFMA


NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-11: NM COMMUNITIES NEED CAVS

WHEREAS many New Mexico communities participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); and

WHEREAS participation in the NFIP requires a community to perform certain floodplain management activities and keep certain records; and

WHEREAS these requirements for NFIP participation require specific knowledge and expertise in floodplain management and the NFIP; and

WHEREAS the only way the FEMA can know if these communities are performing these activities as required for participation in the NFIP is to perform Community Assistance Visits (CAVs) for these communities; and

WHEREAS FEMA has not performed CAVs for most New Mexico communities in several years:

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED that the NMFMA requests that FEMA perform CAVs for all New Mexico NFIP communities which have not had a CAV since January 1, 1998; and

FURTHERMORE that the staff of FEMA Region VI perform at least one third of these CAVs in each federal fiscal year beginning October 1, 2000 and completing these CAVS no later than September 30, 2003; and

FURTHERMORE that the New Mexico State NFIP Coordinator be informed of each of these CAVs as far in advance as possible and be encouraged to participate in each CAV; and

FURTHERMORE that after the New Mexico State NFIP Coordinator has participated in at least 20 CAVs, he/she may conduct CAVs equally with FEMA Regional staff.

ADOPTED BY THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION THIS 21ST DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2000.

(Signed) Mike Czosnek, Chair, NMFMA


NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-12: FEMA SHOULD REVIEW STATUS OF COMMUNITIES WITH NO IDENTIFIED FLOOD HAZARDS

WHEREAS the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) only makes flood insurance available to property owners in communities that participate in the NFIP; and

WHEREAS the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) identified communities with flood hazard areas at least 25 years ago; and

WHEREAS there are a number of communities in New Mexico which have not been identified as having flood hazard areas; and

WHEREAS these communities may actually have flood hazard areas; and

WHEREAS property owners in those communities that have not been identified as having flood hazard areas may need and desire flood insurance:

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED that the NMFMA requests that the staff of FEMA Region VI review all New Mexico communities which have no identified flood hazard areas; and

FURTHERMORE that if the FEMA staff determine that there are flood hazard areas in any of those communities, they request floodplain maps for those communities; and

FURTHERMORE that the FEMA staff inform the NMFMA and the State NFIP Coordinator of the existence of any such communities.

ADOPTED BY THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION THIS 21ST DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2000.

(Signed) Mike Czosnek, Chair, NMFMA


NMFMA RESOLUTION 00-13: STATE FUNDED BUILDINGS SHOULD COMPLY WITH § 3.18.7.B

WHEREAS § 3.18.7.B NMSA 1978 as amended specifies sound practices for development of identified floodplain areas; and

WHEREAS buildings built with state funds are not subject to local floodplain regulations; and

WHEREAS buildings built with state funds are not otherwise subject to floodplain management regulation;

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED that all buildings built wholly or partially with state funds, including buildings which are included in Community Development Block Grant projects and public schools, be built in compliance with § 3.18.7.B NMSA 1978 as amended; and

FURTHERMORE that each state agency responsible for construction of such buildings ensure that the requirements of § 3.18.7.B NMSA 1978 as amended be complied with.

ADOPTED BY THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION THIS 21ST DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2000.

(signed) Mike Czosnek, Chair, NMFMA


NMFMA RESOLUTION R 01-1: NFIP COMMUNITIES SHOULD APPOINT A CERTIFIED FLOODPLAIN MANAGER TO ADMINISTER THEIR ORDINANCE

WHEREAS  the New Mexico State Statute 3-18-7, an Act Relating to Municipalities; Providing for Floodplain Regulation was amended during the 2001 Legislative Session; and

WHEREAS  the amendment included a requirement that all development within a designated flood hazard area be reviewed by a local floodplain manager; and

WHEREAS  the amendment also included a requirement that all communities in the NFIP shall designate a person, certified pursuant to the state certified floodplain manager program, to administer its local ordinance; and

WHEREAS  the statute, as amended, became effective in April, 2001; and

WHEREAS  there are many communities in New Mexico that have not appointed a certified floodplain manager to administer their ordinance:

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED that all communities in New Mexico should designate a person as their local floodplain manager; and

IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED  that the local floodplain manager must be certified pursuant to the state certification program by the end of calendar year 2002

ADOPTED BY THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION THIS 18th DAY OF OCTOBER, 2001.

(Signed) Paul Dugie, Chair, NMFMA

 


NMFMA RESOLUTION R 01-2: THE NM DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY SHOULD ADOPT THE STATE CERTIFIED MANAGER PROGRAM

WHEREAS  the New Mexico State Statute 3-18-7, an Act Relating to Municipalities; Providing for Floodplain Regulation was amended during the 2001 Legislative Session; and

WHEREAS  the amendment included a requirement that all communities in the NFIP shall designate a person, certified pursuant to the state certified floodplain manager program, to administer its local ordinance; and

WHEREAS  the statute, as amended, became effective in April, 2001; and

WHEREAS  the certified floodplain manager program currently administered by the New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association is the only certification for floodplain managers offered in the state of New Mexico; and

WHEREAS  the certified floodplain manager program currently administered by the New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association is accredited by the national certified floodplain manager program administered by the Association of State Floodplain Managers and has been designed specifically for the State of New Mexico; and

WHEREAS  the NM Department of Public Safety is the designated NFIP Coordination Agency in the State of New Mexico; and

WHEREAS  the state certified floodplain manager program should be an official State program;

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED  that the NM Department of Public Safety should officially recognize the certified floodplain manager program currently administered by the New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association as the official State of New Mexico Certified Floodplain Manager Program.

ADOPTED BY THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION THIS 18th DAY OF OCTOBER, 2001.

(Signed) Paul Dugie, Chair, NMFMA


NMFMA RESOLUTION R 02-1: COMMUNITY FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS SHOULD ASSIST IN EMERGENCY PLANNING WITHIN THEIR COMMUNITIES

WHEREAS  New Mexico community floodplain managers have specific knowledge about flood hazards within their communities; and

WHEREAS  communities or their counties have prepared emergency response plans for various emergencies; and

WHEREAS  these plans may have been prepared without the specific knowledge available from community floodplain managers; and

WHEREAS  community floodplain managers will become a resource to emergency managers during a flood emergency;

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED  that each New Mexico floodplain manager should review the emergency response plans for his/her community; and

FURTHERMORE  each New Mexico floodplain manager should work with his/her emergency manager to revise emergency response plans for his/her community based on his/her specific knowledge of flood hazards in the community.

ADOPTED BY THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION THIS 18th DAY OF APRIL, 2002.

(Signed) Paul Dugie, Chair, NMFMA


NMFMA RESOLUTION R 02-2: OWNERS OF HIGH AND SIGNIFICANT HAZARD DAMS SHOULD PREPARE EMERGENCY ACTION PLANS

WHEREAS  there are over 200 dams in New Mexico that pose high or significant hazards in the unlikely event of failure; and

WHEREAS  dam failure poses a significant hazard to floodplain residents and others; and

WHEREAS  emergency action plans prepared by dam owners are necessary for emergency response planning in communities downstream from these dams; and

WHEREAS  emergency action plans have only been prepared for 26 dams that pose high and significant hazards to New Mexico floodplains;

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED  that owners of dams that pose high or significant hazards to New Mexico floodplains should prepare emergency action plans; and

FURTHERMORE  that these emergency action plans should be provided to community emergency managers in all affected communities downstream from these dams.

ADOPTED BY THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION THIS 18th DAY OF APRIL, 2002.

(Signed) Paul Dugie, Chair, NMFMA


NMFMA RESOLUTION R 03-1:  NEW MEXICO COMMUNITIES SHOULD COUNT THE NUMBER OF BUILDINGS IN THEIR FLOODPLAINS

WHEREAS  communities will complete the Biennial Report to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during 2003; and

WHEREAS  the Biennial Report requires a count of various types of buildings in each community’s floodplains; and

WHEREAS  these building counts have not been done accurately by most communities for a number of years; and

WHEREAS  an accurate count of buildings in the floodplain will benefit the community’s floodplain management program, the community’s emergency management services and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP);

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED  that each New Mexico community that participates in the NFIP should perform an accurate count of the types of buildings specified in the FEMA Biennial Report prior to completing that report;

AND FURTHERMORE  that the NMFMA should provide training in various ways to count or accurately estimate building counts in floodplains;

AND FURTHERMORE  that NMFMA will assist New Mexico communities in performing this building count upon their request.

ADOPTED BY THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION THIS 17th DAY OF APRIL, 2003.

(Signed) Phil Butz, CFM, Chair, NMFMA


NMFMA RESOLUTION R 03-2: NEW MEXICO COMMUNITIES SHOULD CONSIDER ADOPTION OF HIGHER FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT STANDARDS

WHEREAS  the minimum floodplain management standards in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) allow significant damage during a 100-year flood; and

WHEREAS  the NMFMA desires to reduce the flood damage potential from all floods, including the 100-year flood; and

WHEREAS  flood damage reduction is primarily reduced through the management of new development and redevelopment in communities through the floodplain management ordinances of those communities; and

WHEREAS  higher floodplain management standards will reduce future flood damage; and

WHEREAS  higher floodplain management standards are eligible for credit under the Community Rating System; and

WHEREAS  credit under the Community Rating System can reduce the cost of NFIP flood insurance premiums;

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED  that the NMFMA should develop a model floodplain management ordinance for voluntary use by all New Mexico communities

AND FURTHERMORE  that the NMFMA model ordinance should include all minimum requirements of the NFIP;

AND FURTHERMORE  that the NMFMA model floodplain management ordinance should include the following higher standards:

       1.  That all residential buildings and manufactured homes in floodplains be constructed or placed on compacted fill that is at least at the 100-year flood elevation, and that extends at least ten feet in all directions from the building or manufactured home;

      2.   That all residential buildings be elevated at least one foot above the 100-year flood elevation; that all non-residential buildings be elevated or floodproofed to at least one foot above the base flood elevation;

       3.   That all manufactured houses be elevated so that the lowest structural member is at least one foot higher than the 100-year flood elevation;

      4.   That the builder or owner of a new building in the floodplain provide a FEMA elevation certificate to the community floodplain administrator, and that the Floodplain Administrator maintain these elevation certificates and make them available upon request;

AND FURTHERMORE  that each community in New Mexico should consider adoption of these higher standards into its floodplain management ordinance.

ADOPTED BY THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION THIS 17th DAY OF APRIL, 2003.

(Signed) Phil Butz, CFM, Chair, NMFMA


NMFMA RESOLUTION R 06-1: ALL BUILDING PERMITS AND PLACEMENT PERMITS FOR MANUFACTURED HOMES IN ANY COMMUNITY WITH IDENTIFIED FLOOD HAZARDS MUST BE REVIEWED BY THE COMMUNITY PRIOR TO ISSUANCE OF THE PERMIT

WHEREAS  all communities with identified flood hazard areas have been required by § 3.18.7 NMSA 1978 as amended to adopt floodplain management ordinances, have certified floodplain managers to administer those ordinances and join the National Flood insurance Program since 2003; and

WHEREAS  some communities have not met these statutory requirements; and

WHEREAS  some communities that have met these statutory requirements are not actively enforcing the provisions of their ordinances and § 3.18.7.B NMSA 1978 as amended; and

WHEREAS  the Construction Industries Division (CID) and the Manufactured Housing Division (MHD) of the State Regulation and Licensing Department have specific responsibilities to regulate new construction in floodplains; and

WHEREAS  if CID and MHD do not require all new buildings and mobile homes to be built in compliance with the standards in § 3.18.7.B NMSA 1978 as amended, some of those buildings will be subject to flooding, even though a flood hazard has been identified;

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED  that all communities with identified flood hazard areas should adopt floodplain management ordinances, have certified floodplain managers to administer those ordinances and join the National Flood Insurance Program.

AND FURTHERMORE  that in any New Mexico community with identified flood hazard areas, CID should not issue any new building permits unless and until they have received written notification from the Certified Floodplain Manager for the community that the proposed building is outside the identified flood hazard area, or that specified conditions must be met during the construction of the building in order for it to comply with the community’s floodplain management regulation;

AND FURTHERMORE  that in any New Mexico community with identified flood hazard areas, neither MHD nor its agents should issue any new manufactured housing placement permits unless and until they have received written notification from the Certified Floodplain Manager for the community that the proposed manufactured housing unit is outside the identified flood hazard area, or that specified conditions must be met during the placement of the manufactured housing unit in order for it to comply with the community’s floodplain management regulation;

ADOPTED BY THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION THIS 19th DAY OF OCTOBER, 2006.

Mike Rudloff, Chair, NMFMA


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