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Risk Map Project Quarterly Report for Lower Boise (Canyon County), Idaho - October 12, 2018



My name is Matt Breen 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 12, 2018. 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.

This status update will specifically address work performed in the Canyon County, Idaho portion of the Lower Boise Watershed project.  If you would like to receive status updates for work performed in the Ada County, Idaho portion of the Lower Boise Watershed project, please make a request to RXProjectUpdates@starr-team.com.


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

 Charlie Kline

 June 7 and 8, 2011

 Flood Risk Review Meeting (FRR)/Draft Maps

 David Ratté

 January 14 and 15, 2015

 Preliminary DFIRM/FIS Release

 Matt Breen

 September 16, 2016 (Canyon)
 September 23, 2016 (Ada)

 Consultation Coordination Officers (CCO) Meeting

 David Ratté

 September 27, 2016

 Public Meeting/Workshop

 Sarah Shannon

 January 31, February 1 & 2, 2017

 Appeal Period Starts

 Matt Breen

 May 17, 2017

 Appeal Period Ends

 Matt Breen

 August 14, 2017

 Draft Multi-Hazard Risk Report

 Charlie Kline

 October 2017

 Risk Assessment Webinar

 Charlie Kline

 November 9, 2017

 Risk MAP Resilience Workshop

 Charlie Kline

 November 29, 2017 


 Delivery of Final Risk Report and Risk Assessment Database

 Charlie Kline

 January 2018

 City of Star (Canyon County) Appeal Period Starts

 Matt Breen

 May 9, 2018

 City of Star (Canyon County) Appeal Period Ends

 Matt Breen

 August 6, 2018

 Letter of Final Determination

 Matt Breen

 December 7, 2018*


 Maps and FIS become Effective

 David Ratté

 June 7, 2019*

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

Recent Activity
The original statutory 90-day appeal period occurred from May 17, 2017 to August 14, 2017.  During that time, FEMA did receive some comments with supporting data.  Comment acknowledgement letters were sent to the affected communities.

It was discovered that the City of Star, a dual-county community, was not included in the original statutory 90-day appeal period for the incorporated areas within Canyon County.  In order to provide due process to all impacted communities, a second statutory 90-day appeal period ran from May 9, 2018 to August 6, 2018 for the City of Star within Canyon County only.  No comments were received during this time.

Next Steps  

FEMA will send your community the Letter of Final Determination (LFD) to formally notify you of the final flood hazard determinations (FHDs).  The final notice for FHDs will be published in the Federal Register after issuance of the LFD.  An LFD is a letter FEMA sends to the Chief Executive Officer of a community stating that a new or updated FIRM or DFIRM will become effective in six months.  The letter also notifies each affected flood-prone community participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that it must adopt a compliant floodplain management ordinance by the maps’ effective date to remain participants in good standing.  Not doing so will lead to suspension from the NFIP.  If assistance is needed, communities should contact their State NFIP Coordinator, Maureen O’Shea, at Maureen.oshea@idwr.idaho.gov, or the Regional FEMA NFIP specialists, Karen Wood-McGuiness at Karen.Wood-McGuiness@fema.dhs.gov, or Roxanne Pilkenton at Roxanne.pilkenton@fema.dhs.gov.  The LFD is currently anticipated for December 7, 2018, but this date could change if there are comments or appeals that require additional processing of the FIS and FIRM.  The effective date for the project will be six months after the LFD is issued.

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

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General Information:
If you have questions about this Risk MAP project, please contact the State Risk MAP Coordinator, Robin Kiska, rkiska@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.


Matt Breen, PE, CFM
STARR II Project Manager

STARR II – Strategic Alliance for Risk Reduction

Ph: +1 (571) 403 8826; Cell: +1(703) 725 7923
www.STARR-Team.com | email: Matthew.Breen@atkinsglobal.com





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