Home > In The Spotlight > Flood Advisory Committee Meets in Easton - Focus Group Study Round 2 Seeks Participants
Flood Advisory Committee Meets in Easton - Focus Group Study Round 2 Seeks Participants

The DRBC Flood Advisory Committee met on November 6, 2013. Traditionally held four times a year at the commission's office building in West Trenton, N.J., this meeting's location was the Nurture Nature Center (NNC) in Easton, Pa. NNC is a non-profit organization that concentrates on flood education.

Presenters included:

* Gary Szatkowski, Chief Meteorologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-National Weather Service (NWS) Philadelphia/Mt. Holly, N.J. Forecast Office.

* Becky Bradley, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission. Becky spoke about "H2O Management + The Lehigh Valley." She also drew upon her recent experiences as Easton's director of planning and codes to discuss the city's flood standard and ordinance revisions that followed the 2004/2005/2006 flooding events. View Becky's powerpoint presentation (pdf 14 MB)

* Rachel Hogan Carr, Director of the Nurture Nature Center. Rachel presented information on the topic "Flood Risk and Uncertainty: Assessing the National Weather Service's Flood Forecast and Warning Tools" (pdf 2.5 MB). This included feedback from four focus groups held in Easton and Lambertville, N.J. in early June 2013 as part of a research project with NOAA about the use of NWS flood forecast and warning tools. She announced the dates, locations, and times of a second round of focus groups for new participants.

NNC-Hosted Flood Focus Group Study Information:

Thursday, December 5, 2013 in Lambertville, N.J. View flyer (jpg 243 KB)

  • Session #1: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. -- Lambertville Justice Center (old Acme Building), 25 South Union Street
  • Session #2: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. -- Inn at Lambertville Station, Creekside Room, 11 Bridge Street

Friday, December 6, 2013 in Easton, Pa. View flyer (jpg 228 KB)

  • Session #1: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. -- Nurture Nature Center, 518 Northampton Street
  • Session #2: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. -- Nurture Nature Center, 518 Northampton Street

Participants should live in the Lambertville or Easton area and be at least 18 years of age. They will receive $30 and be asked to answer questions and provide input about various NWS-issued flood warning tools and products.

Visit the Focus on Floods web site for more information or to register online. You may also register by contacting Rachel Hogan Carr at 610-253-4432 or rhogan@nurturenature.org.

Established in 2000, the DRBC's Flood Advisory Committee develops recommendations for flood warning enhancements and additional strategies to improve flood loss reduction throughout the Delaware River Basin. The committee provides a basinwide, interstate focus for various federal, state, and local agencies/organizations with flood loss reduction responsibilities in the basin.