A Watershed Academy Webcast: Lessons Learned on Integrating Water Quality and Nature-based Approaches into Hazard Mitigation Plans

Thursday, March 14, 2019 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST

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 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 https://www.epa.gov/watershedacademy/watershed-academy-webcast-seminars and participants are encouraged to download them prior to the webcast.


Myra Schwartz, EPA Region 1

Carrie Robinette, FEMA

Josh Bruce, Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience


You must register in advance to attend this webcast. Register at the Watershed Academy webcast website at: www.epa.gov/watershedacademy/watershed-academy-webcast-seminars.

The Watershed Academy: The Watershed Academy is a focal point in EPA’s Office of Water for providing training and information on implementing watershed approaches. The Academy self-paced training modules and webcast seminars provide current information from national experts across a broad range of watershed topics. For more information, please visit www.epa.gov/watershedacademy.

Questions? Please contact WatershedAcademySupport@cadmusgroup.com.

The materials in this webcast have been reviewed by EPA staff for technical accuracy. However, the views of the speakers and the speakers’ organizations are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of EPA. Mention of commercial enterprises, products, or publications does not mean that EPA endorses them.