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Post-Fire Hydrology and Runoff Management
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2/5/2020 to 2/6/2020
When: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
8:00 AM
Where: Northern California Regional Public Safety Training Authority
3720 Dudley Blvd.
McClellan, California  95652
United States
Contact: Mary Seits

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Post-Fire Hydrology and Runoff Management 
February 5-6, 2020 
Northern California Regional Public Safety Training Authority
3720 Dudley Boulevard 
McClellan, CA 95652 
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 


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This two-day course will introduce you to immediate and short-term hydrologic impacts of fire on infiltration, runoff sedimentation and erosion. The course will also provide introduction to planning considerations and funding for recovery and mitigation.  

$595 FMA Members/$725 Non-Members

Registration deadline is January 21, 2020. To register, visit the FMA web site. Seating is limited to 25 students, so register early.

Course Topics 
Immediate and short-term impacts of fire on hydrologic processes 
Overview of methods and models evaluating burn severity 
Evaluating burn severity 
Hydrologic modeling technical session Model uncertainties, calibration and validation 
Policies and procedures for public officials and management 
Communication protocols and lessons learned 
Display of information for public consumption 
Hydraulic modeling of post-burn event Simulation methods and software Sediment and debris 
Planning considerations 
Post-burn stabilization treatments and effectiveness 
Mitigation measures and case studies 
Post burn funding of recovery and mitigation  
State specific funding 

Linda A. Potter, PE, CFM, is a Project Director for Atkins North America, Inc. with extensive experience in post-burn watershed assessments. Her post-burn work includes the Southern California 2007 Firestorm, the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona, the Goodwin fire in Arizona, and the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Linda specializes in arid region hydrology and hydraulics and has completed over 3,000 miles of floodplain delineations in the past 10 years. She has 25 years of civil engineering experience including work as a contract floodplain administrator and engineer for a rural county in Arizona. She has served on the Board of the Arizona Floodplain Management Association since 2007. In addition to technical analyses, assisting communities with outreach and communication is one of Linda’s passions. 

Iwan Thomas, PE, MS is a Senior Engineer for Atkins North America, Inc. with experience in recent post-burn watershed assessment including the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties and the post-fire hydrology for various fires in Lake County, California. He has over 15 years’ experience providing assistance in a wide range of hydrologic and engineering capacities. Iwan was the project manager and technical lead for the California Department of Water Resources Alluvial Fan Floodplain Evaluation and Delineation Program from development of methodology to implementation and flood hazard delineation on alluvial fans throughout California. Iwan previously taught the FMA course on geomorphology and alluvial fans.   
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Planners, engineers and emergency planners employed by local, state, federal government agencies and private consultants that seek to increase risk awareness and planning that work in watersheds prone to wildfires.  

Participants will:
Assess post fire soil and vegetation conditions
Perform post-fire hydrologic modeling
Understand the accuracy and limitation of post-fire hydrology models
Select appropriate mitigation measures to address increased runoff and erosion conditions due to post-fire conditions
Understand planning considerations for public officials
Provide resources to identify funding for recovery and mitigation efforts

Make checks payable to “FMA” and send to FMA, PO Box 846, Ramona, CA 92065, or Visa or MasterCard on website. 

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