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4 more WKU students earn national certification in floodplain management

Four more WKU students have earned national certification in floodplain management.

The students passed the Certified Floodplain Manager examination to complete CE 300 Floodplain Management, the capstone course in WKU’s minor in floodplain management. The minor is the first of its kind in the United States.

The students are Scott Wolfe of Gallatin, Tenn., Lisa Heartsill of Vine Grove, Tony Stylianides of Jasper, Ind., and Spenser Noffsinger of Bremen.

“Passing this exam is an impressive accomplishment since most people taking the exam have worked in floodplain management for several years,” said Warren Campbell, associate professor of civil engineering and coordinator of the floodplain minor. “These students began the semester with very little background in floodplain management.”

With the addition of these four students, 25 WKU students have passed the exam in the last three years. Five years ago, Kentucky had only seven certified floodplain managers (CFMs) but now there are 54 CFMs in the state.

The CFM program is a national certification by the Association of State Floodplain Managers, a professional organization of 11,000 members and the largest organization in the country devoted to floodplain management.

In the United States, 21,000 communities participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. By law, each of these communities must designate a floodplain administrator.

“The communities would or should want to have their floodplain administrator be a CFM, but there are only about 6,700 in the United States,” Campbell said. “With the country’s only Floodplain Management Minor, WKU is doing its part to reduce this disparity between supply and demand for CFMs.”

Contact: Warren Campbell at (270) 745-8898 or warren.campbell@wku.edu

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