Last-minute updates

The abstract for presentation 2.6.1 is incorrect.  Madeline Russell’s abstract should read:

Coastal Georgia uses a collaborative approach to reduce flood insurance rates

The Georgia Coast is low-lying and vulnerable to flooding. Population in coastal Georgia is rising, which brings additional concerns about loss due to flooding. To address these concerns, coastal floodplain managers successfully coordinate their efforts to build coastal resilience and reduce loss of life and property through participation in the Community Rating System (CRS) a reward system set up by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that offers reduced insurance premiums. Every block of 500 CRS points earned gives a community an additional 5% discount for policyholders. CRS was initiated nationally in 1990. By 2012, only seven coastal Georgia communities participated in CRS, however, flood insurance program reform in 2012 with the Biggert Waters Act and 2014 with the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act startled residents with hefty increases in flood insurance premiums. Communities on the Georgia Coast responded rapidly. UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s Local Government Outreach Program began supporting coastal CRS efforts and by 2016, 16 of the 22 coastal communities entered the CRS. This talk will highlight our systematic approach and success with Coastal Georgia CRS Communities.

We are recognized for our commitment to coastal communities, even as people in political positions change office, as environmental conditions change on the coast, and as tools are developed that contribute to our understanding and outreach capacity. We are a constant and trusted partner in local affairs. We are an extra set of hands and another pair of eyes, networking resources into projects initiated on the ground. We facilitate research into communities that have invited us to participate in developing local adaptation priorities. We live here, we play here and we work here, and we have a long-standing relationship with all of our coastal communities that is unique and mutually beneficial.

We were just approached by the organizer of an event this Sunday that may be of interest to some conference attendees.  There is a “Walk and Talk with a Scientist” from 3-5pm at a park in Oconee County that will be an opportunity to meet and share your reserach with interested members of the general public.  Event Details can be found at the Facebook event posting here.

April 19 Update: Session 6.4, the special undergraduate poster session, has been moved and will now take place in Room Q.
Jim Poff of the Clayton County Water Authority will take the place of Mike Thomas in the panel for Session 1.5.

April 18 Update: The Special Events on page 5 should be listed for Wednesday and Thursday, not Tuesday and Wednesday.

April 14 Update: Two sessions were swapped.  Mitigation is now in session 6.8 to reduce conflict with the EPA Watershed Resources I and II sessions and Water Quality is now in 6.6.

The conference program is now posted on the Program page.

The Program contains info on our Wednesday night social at Creature Comforts Brewing! This is a great venue downtown with beers that find spots on podiums and top-10 lists nationwide.