Floodplain Manager Trainings Start in January

Posted on: November 30th, 2018 by Leslie_Zucker
CCEUC Educator Brent Gotsch is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), a certification recognized both nationally and by the Association of State Floodplain Managers. Gotsch offers a free course in the NYC Watershed on preparing to become a CFM.

CCEUC Educator Brent Gotsch is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), a certification recognized both nationally and by the Association of State Floodplain Managers. Gotsch offers a free course in the NYC Watershed on preparing to become a CFM.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC) and the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program will host a series of trainings early next year to prepare local officials to take the Certified Floodplain Managers (CFM) examination. CCEUC Resource Educator, Brent Gotsch, who is a Certified Floodplain Manager, will be leading the trainings.

Code Enforcement Officers and other town officials benefit from becoming CFMs. A high level of knowledge about the National Flood Insurance Program and associated floodplain regulations is needed to obtain the certification. Through its trainings, CCEUC has helped 12 local officials prepare for and pass the CFM exam.

The trainings are free of charge and held weekly from January to April at the Shandaken Town Hall. Anyone located in a New York City West of Hudson Watershed community is eligible to participate. While personnel from town or village building departments are most likely to benefit from the training, other municipal officials can as well. Planning Board members, Highway Superintendents, and Town Supervisors have all taken the training and gone on to earn their CFM.

If you are a municipal official in the New York City West of Hudson Watershed and are interested in taking this training, please contact Brent Gotsch at 845-688-3047 or via email at bwg37@cornell.edu. Trainings are expected to begin early in January 2019 and run weekly until about mid-April.

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