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Risk MAP Project Quarterly Report for Lower Boise,


My name is Ferrin Affleck and I am part of the Lower Boise Watershed Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) Project Team, working with the Strategic Alliance for Risk Reduction (STARR II), a contractor for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  This email is being sent to you as a status update for work completed on this project as of October 23, 2017.  Detailed status updates like this are sent quarterly and include the overall project status, changes to the scope or schedule of the project, and a detailed overview of the individual technical tasks associated with the project.

Project History
The State of Idaho identified the Lower Boise Watershed as a priority for FEMA's Risk MAP program.  The State determines its priorities based on population at risk to hazards, recent events, and community interest.  FEMA, State, and Local stakeholders participated in Risk MAP Discovery Meetings held on June 7 and 8, 2011 where community concerns were identified.  These concerns were captured in the Risk MAP Discovery Report and delivered to the communities in the watershed.  After the Discovery Meetings, community concerns were researched and analyzed, in order to develop a scope of work that includes updates to the communities' regulatory flood maps and Multi-hazard Risk Assessments based on community-identified resilience needs.  Multiple partners are involved in this effort.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Walla Walla District is primarily responsible for Engineering, STARR II is primarily responsible for updates to the regulatory flood maps, and University of Idaho is primarily responsible for Risk Assessments.

Project Milestones and Deliverables:


 Point of Contact

 Actual/Projected Date

 Risk MAP Discovery Meetings

 Kelly Stone

 June 7 and 8, 2011

 Flood Risk Review Meeting (FRR)/Draft Maps

 David Ratté

 January 14 and 15, 2015

 Preliminary DFIRM/FIS Release

 Ferrin Affleck


 16 and 23, 2016

 (Canyon and Ada)

 Consultation Coordination Officers (CCO)  Meeting

 David Ratté

 September 27, 2016

 Public Meeting/Workshop

 Jamie Mooney

 January 31, February 1 &  2, 2017

 Appeal Period Starts

 Ferrin Affleck

 May 17, 2017

 Appeal Period Ends

 Ferrin Affleck

 August 14, 2017

 Draft Multi-Hazard Risk Report

 Kelly Stone

 October 2017

 Risk Assessment Webinar

 Kelly Stone

 November 9, 2017

 Risk MAP Resilience Workshop

 Kelly Stone

 November 29, 2017  (Canyon County)  November 30, 2017

 (Ada County)

 Letter of Final Determination

 Ferrin Affleck

 March 2018*

 (Canyon County)

 Fall 2018*

 (Ada County)

 Delivery of Final Risk Report and Risk Assessment  Database

 Kelly Stone

 Spring 2018*

 Maps and FIS become Effective

 David Ratté

 September 2018*

 (Canyon County)

 Spring 2019*

 (Ada County)

*All projected dates are subject to revision as the project progresses.

Recent Activity
The statutory 90-day appeal, which was initiated on the second newspaper publication, May 17, 2017, ended August 14, 2017.  FEMA did receive some comments with supporting data.  FEMA sent comment acknowledgement letters recently to affected communities.

Next Steps
Once the comments are resolved, we will send a resolution letter to communities and commenters.  If applicable, we will also send draft copies of any updated FIRM panels and/or the FIS for review and confirmation of resolution.


The final notice for FHDs will be published in the Federal Register.  FEMA will send your community the Letter of Final Determination (LFD) to formally notify you of the final flood hazard determination.  Based on comments received, we anticipate that the Canyon County LFD will occur this spring and the Ada County LFD will occur next fall.

The effective date for the project will be six months after the LFD.  Communities must adopt a compliant floodplain management ordinance by the maps’ effective date in order to remain participants in good standing in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Additional information on this project including the project area and Risk MAP contacts can be found online at:

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Resilience Webinar and Meeting
A detailed risk assessment was completed for the Lower Boise watershed which included assessments for flood, earthquake, landslide, alluvial fan and wildfire hazards.  The risk assessment includes a structure specific analysis for all communities highlighting risk from the above hazards.  An implementation plan was also completed which highlights how to use the risk assessment results for various ongoing local planning processes.  You can download the risk report, implementation, and dashboards here .


A Risk Assessment Webinar will be held on November 9th, 2017 from 11:00am - 12:30pm (MT ). 


The Resilience Meeting will focus on reviewing information from the Risk Report and additional state and federal resources available for supporting your existing planning efforts to reduce your community's risk to natural hazards.  Experts will be on hand at the meeting to discuss potential mitigation projects, hazard mitigation planning, floodplain mapping, floodplain management, natural hazard data and mapping, as well as other potential topics.


The resilience meeting for Canyon County will be held on November 29th, 2017 from 1:00 - 4:00pm (MT) at 111 North 11th Ave., Caldwell, ID 83605.


The resilience meeting for Ada County will be held on November 30th, 2017 from 9:00am - 12:00pm (MT) at 7200 Barrister Dr., Boise, ID 83704.


Calendar invites to the Risk Assessment Webinar and Resilience Meetings listed above can be found here.


If you have questions regarding the upcoming resilience meetings, please contact the State Risk MAP Coordinator, Ryan McDaniel, rmcdaniel@imd.idaho.gov, 208-258-6593.

General Information:
If you have questions about this Risk MAP project, please contact the State Risk MAP Coordinator, Ryan McDaniel, rmcdaniel@imd.idaho.gov, 208-258-6593.

The STARR II Region X Help Desk is another resource available to answer project-related questions.  STARR II staff will route and research your question, and respond within three business days.  Submit your questions via email, the address is RegionXHelpDesk@starr-team.com.

If you want to keep up with what’s happening around Region 10, get project status updates, or learn about upcoming events and training opportunities, subscribe to the Region X monthly newsletter.  For more information or to subscribe, email rxnewsletter@starr-team.com .

Current and past issues of the newsletter, project status updates, announcements, upcoming events, and training opportunities are also available online at the STARR II website, www.starr-team.com (shortcut link: http://j.mp/starrrxnews).

I hope you found this status update email helpful.  If you would like to be removed from the distribution list, or if you feel there is someone that should be added to the list, please reply to this email.  If you have any questions, or if there is information that you would like to see in future updates, please feel free to contact me by phone or email.  My contact information is below.


Ferrin Affleck, PE, CFM

STARR II Project Manager


STARR II – Strategic Alliance for Risk Reduction

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Tel +1 (702) 263 7275 Ext. 4513018 | Direct +1 (702) 551 0289 | Mobile (702) 497 3504 | Fax +1 (702) 263 7200 |

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