March 6, 2018 EPN Breakfast

Flooding - A National, State and Local Issue - We Are All Part of the Solution 

From the near failure of the Oroville Dam, California, to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, Houston, to flooding impacts within Ohio communities, our country faces challenges in dealing with land use planning for flood risk reduction. Chad Berginnis (Executive Director of the Association of State Floodplain Managers) will address national flood laws, such as the National Flood Insurance Act and Water Resources Development Act, as a tool in protecting U.S. citizens. In addition, he’ll discuss last year’s events that brought flood management dynamics into national focus and the impacts of climate change and the coming coastal crisis that we will experience this century.

Through an extended program, in conjunction with the Water Management Association of Ohio (WMAO), Cynthia J. Crecelius (Principal of CC Consults) and Shawn Arden (Associate with EMH&T), will focus on state-specific flooding issues and management. Every state has a unique combination of factors that it must consider to manage flood risks. Ohio communities are responsible for adopting appropriate implementation strategies to position themselves to manage future flood risks. These flood management activities must be compatible with state and local authorities, as well as with the local political culture and natural floodplain functions and resources. This combined EPN and WMAO Breakfast program will address the issue of flooding from a national, state and local perspective.

Register Here for full WMAO Program ($35, includes EPN Breakfast, free for students) 

Register Here for the EPN Breakfast program ONLY ($10, free for students)


      Chad Berginnis, CFM - Executive Director of the Association of State Floodplain Managers. See full bio here.  

     Cynthia J. Crecelius, CFM - Principal of CC Consults. See full bio here.

     Shawn Arden, PE, CFM - Associate with EMH&T. See full bio here.  


7:15 Networking with beverages

7:40 Warm buffet breakfast

8:10 Welcome and program overview

8:15 Craig Smith, WMAO Board President and Ohio EPA Division of Drinking and Ground Waters

8:20 Chad Berginnis, CFM - Executive Director of the Association of State Floodplain Managers 

9:05 Q&A with full panel 

9:35 EPN program concludes; break for full WMAO program participants

9:50 Cynthia J. Crecelius, CFM - Principal of CC Consults

10:20 break

10:40 Shawn Arden, PE, CFM - Associate with EMH&T

11:10 Q&A with full panel 

11:45 Full program concludes


Breakfast Sandwiches 

Hashbrown Casserole

Fuit Salad 


Breakfast Bread 

If you have any questions or concerns about our menu, please do not hesitate Molly Hardesty at

Breakfast is provided by In Good Taste Catering.  


Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Maps and Directions


Parking is free but you must have a pass which you can download here and place on your dashboard, whether parking across the street or behind the 4-H Center.


Register Here for the EPN Breakfast Program ONLY($10, free for students)

Register Here for full WMAO Program ($35, includes EPN Breakfast, free for students) 

OSU students may register for free by selecting the "student scholarship" option on the registration page

For further information about these 2nd Tuesdays Breakfasts or the EPN, please contact Joe Campbell at or 614-634-6363.

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