CTS Committee Holds Third Meeting

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The State of North Carolina's Cooperating Technical State (CTS) Committee held its third meeting on December 12, 2000.

The meeting began with the introduction of the recently selected Program Manager and Project Manager for the North Carolina Flood Mapping Program. Mr. Rodger Durham, PLS, was selected as the Program Manager responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the Program. Mr. Durham has over 23 years experience in surveying and mapping. He most recently served as the State/County Boundary Surveyor for the North Carolina Geodetic Survey. Mr. Abdul Rahmani was selected as the Project Manager responsible for engineering issues (hydrology, hydraulics, coastal analyses) related to the Program. Mr. Rahmani has over 25 years diverse experience at the State and local level in civil engineering. Most recently, he served as the Transportation Staff Engineer, Hydraulics Design Unit, for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Status updates were presented on a number of topics, including the scoping meetings, contractor negotiations, Delivery Orders, and the LIDAR QA/QC surveys. Schedules were presented for the first Basin Plans-for White Oak Basin and Lumber Basin. The schedules call for the White Oak Basin Plan to be finalized and the Delivery Order issued by January 16, 2001, and the Lumber Basin Plan to be finalized and the Delivery Order issued by January 27, 2001. Basin Plans for the remaining six eastern river basins will be finalized by late February 2001.

The CTS Committee discussed the criteria for selecting the appropriate technical methods for the basin plans. There are five possible technical methods: (1) Riverine detailed study, (2) Coastal detailed study, (3) Redelineation, (4) Approximate riverine study, and (5) Use of effective information. The selection of the technical method is based on the current zone designation on the FIRM, existing and anticipated development, how flooding experience compares with the FIRM, and the adequacy/currency of the study methods used to prepare the effective FIRM.

The CTS Committee heard ideas for real-time flood forecasting from the perspective of the State, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

The next CTS Committee Meeting is scheduled for January 16, 2001.