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Bay Area Luncheons

Upcoming Program

WHEN: Thursday, February 13, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


WHERE: 1700 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402, First floor conference room, to the right of the elevator, Free Parking


TOPIC: From Concept to Reality: San Mateo County & its Partner Cities’ Roadmap to Flood Resiliency

This luncheon will be a discussion of the history and steps that the County of San Mateo and its 20 cities have taken to adopt a Flood District in order to collaborate and create a multi-benefit and multi-jurisdictional organization to address flooding, sea level rise, and coastal erosion.  The speaker will also discuss the Bay Area Flood Protection Agencies Association’s (BAFPAA), the Coastal Hazards Resiliency Group (CHARG) initiative. CHARG seeks to engage all local flood control districts and stakeholders from the San Francisco Bay to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to advance the scientific foundations necessary to direct sea level rise adaptation at a regional scale.

SPEAKER: Erika Gomez-Powell is the Flood Resilience Program Manager for the Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency District and the chair of BAFPAA. Erika is a registered civil engineer and has been leading several multi-jurisdictional Flood Resilience Program planning and implementation projects in San Mateo County, including helping to lead the development of the Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency District that was recently created from an existing traditional flood district established in 1959. As a native of New Orleans, Erika has a lifetime of experience with flooding and the consequences of extreme weather events. She has dedicated her professional career to the implementation of over $1B of multi-beneficial flood protection and restoration projects across California and Louisiana. Her passion for protecting the environment and mitigating the socio-economic impacts of major floods are backed by her numerical modeling skills and her leadership on numerous projects for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles County, and consulting for Santa Clara Valley Water District and the California Department of Water Resources.  Her focus is on watershed scale approaches with an emphasis on rapidly delivering multi-purpose projects that incorporate the needs of all stakeholders, including disadvantaged communities.  Erika also led the statewide information gathering effort for the development of the California’s Flood Future Report: Recommendations for Managing the State’s Flood Risk (DWR 2013).

REGISTRATION: Click Here to register by 12pm on Wednesday, February 12th. 


About Luncheons

FMA organizes luncheons in the Bay Area on a variety of topics relating to floodplain management. If you would like to be added to the notification list please send an e-mail to the coordinator. If you are interested in a particular speaker or topic, please contact Mary Seits.

FMA Bay Area Luncheon Presentations — Topics & Archive

Following is a list of recent luncheon topics. Where available, a link to the presentation, in PDF format, is provided.

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