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Annual Poster Contest

The Oklahoma Floodplain Manager Associations is holding its annual Turn Around Don’t Drown® Poster Contest. The contest is open to all Oklahoma third, fourth and fifth graders.

Contest winners are chosen at three levels (school, regional, and state), and students are eligible to win a place at each level. Winners appear on the Turn Around Don’t Drown® calendar published each fall and may receive $150 for first prize, $100 for second prize or $50 for third prize plus trophies and certificates.   Also, students and teachers receive a certificate of appreciation, and the school is provided a media release.

Posters are due by April 1, 2018, and may be submitted by mail or electronically. Visit http://www.okflood.org/committees/outreach/poster-contest/ for contest guidelines.

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Spring Dam Safety Workshop

Join OWRB on April 25, 2018, for a Dam Safety Workshop at UCO’s Outdoor Adventure Recreation Boathouse at Lake Arcadia.  Dam owners, engineering firms, local and regional officials, and dam construction contractors are invited to attend.  Topics will include:

  • Dam Operation and Maintenance
  • Erosion Protection and Remedies for Dams
  • Developing Emergency Action Plan
  • Dam Safety and Emergency Preparedness
  • Water Rights and Regulations or Dams
  • Inspection During Construction
  • Easement and NRCS Technical Assistance

Participates will also tour the Arcadia Lake Dam as the USACE demonstrates an inspection of the embankment and its appurtenances. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. This event may be eligible for up to 6 hours of continuing education units. Booth space is available to vendors offering services and/or instruments with dam safety applications.

$40 Registration / $100 Booth rental through March 24.

$50 Registration / $150 Booth rental on or after March 25.

Registration is fee for dam owners and public official Please contact Emma Moradi at (405) 530-8800 or emma.moradi@owrb.ok.gov for details and registration.

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Call for Presenters

OFMA is inviting speakers to present at our 2018 Spring Technical Workshop in Catoosa, Oklahoma. Topics of discussion should relate to one of the following:

  • Day-to-Day Floodplain Administration;
  • Floodplain affected projects, plans or groups topics such as stormwater quality, floodplain habitat, transportation or bridges, stream restorations, watershed groups, home buyouts, sanitary sewer projects, parks or other flood tolerant land uses, floodplain mapping or mapping revisions, green infrastructure, CRS activities, flood mitigation; and
  • NFIP, FEMA, OWRB, ODEM, ODEQ, OFMA or other agencies\programs

Selection of speakers will be made by February 16, 2018.  If you are interested in presenting or know someone who would, please submit an abstract to Jeff Bigby via email at jbigby@brokenarrowok.gov or by calling (918) 259-7000 x 5243.

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The Spring BFE is here!

On March 28th, OFMA and the ASFPM Foundation hosted the first Oklahoma Flood Risk Symposium. The event, held at Rose State College in Midwest City, brought together 54 invited participants to discuss flood risk identification, hazard mitigation, disaster response and community resilience. Tim Lovell, Executive Director of the Disaster Resilience Network, explained the importance of Hazard Mitigation and Building Resilient Communities.

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The December BFE is here!

October 5, 2016 marked the 30th anniversary of the 1986 flood. In early October 1986, parts of Northern Oklahoma and Southern Kansas received enormous amounts of rain as the remnants of Hurricane Paine moved through the area.Areas of the region received the annual rainfall in a period of only 5 days. Over twenty inches of rain fell in the Arkansas River drainage area upstream from the Keystone Dam; at the height of the flow, approximately one million cubic feet per second was pouring into the lake. Many of the other rivers, streams, and lakes in Kansas and Oklahoma were also filled to capacity, and most of these bodies of water eventually end up in the Arkansas River as well. – Bill Robison

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TADD Poster Winner Announcement

The Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association appreciates all the hard work by teachers, parents and the many others that supported this year’s poster contest. The students who entered also deserve our thanks. We hope that, by us working together to spread the TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN message, fewer people will be harmed by flood waters in Oklahoma. Over two-hundred participants competed for the four State awards.

All State winners received trophies, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winners also received cash awards in the amount of $150, $100 and $50, respectively. Top 13 posters in the State will be published in the annual OFMA Turn Around Don’t Drown© calendar. Each entry will be awarded with a Certificate of Participation. Teachers will be awarded with a Certificate of Appreciation.

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