The Virginia General Assembly created a statewide Community Flood Preparedness Fund that could generate as much as $40 million a year for flood resilience across the Commonwealth. The code language references floodplain managers specifically. Complete details on the Community Flood Preparedness Fund can be found in §10.1-603.25 of the Code of Virginia.
The Northam Administration is soliciting public comments on Draft Guidelines for the administration of the Fund. These guidelines will inform the annual grant manual, scoring criteria, and other aspects of administration of the Fund.
Your input is essential, as you may be the locality-certified floodplain manager. Don’t miss this opportunity to provide feedback for this important, statewide fund!
The public comment period for the Draft Guidelines is open through January 31, 2021. Find more information, including the notice for public comment on the Virginia Town Hall site here.
VFMA hosted a Lunch & Learn event on December 15 on this topic with Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources, Joshua Saks. A recording of this event is available on this page below.
Additional information on the Community Flood Preparedness Fund can also be found on the Wetlands Watch VA Policy Updates webpage: http://wetlandswatch.org/va-policy-updates. Wetlands Watch will continue to update information on this site, include stakeholder feedback that they receive.
If you would like to submit comments to VFMA to consider related to the Community Flood Preparedness Fund, please use our Contact Us page.
Lunch & Learn Event (December 15, 2020)
VFMA hosted a Lunch & Learn on the Community Flood Preparedness Fund for local floodplain managers. This event included a presentation by Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources, Joshua Saks, followed by a Q & A Session. The recording for this event is available below. Special thanks to Wetlands Watch for providing their Zoom platform for this event.
Upcoming Outreach Events
Additional outreach events are scheduled in January: