Climate CHange, EO 13690, and their impacts on Alaskan community planning

APA Alaska Chapter


Tuesday, November 17, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. AKST

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Proper community floodplain planning and regulations are intended to protect the public’s safety and welfare. In addition, planning can protect previous community infrastructure investments and ensure that any new investments will follow the principles of sustainability and resiliency. Executive Order 13690 is intended to protect the public and infrastructure investments by accounting for climate change and its long term effects on riverine and coastal floodplains. Local Alaskan communities have to adapt to these evolving environmental and regulatory conditions, ultimately shifting the paradigm on how they plan and protect their communities against natural disasters.


This session will discuss the impacts of climate change and increases in precipitation and runoff on the flooding levels expected in communities around the state. Understanding how these changes affect current floodplain requirements will allow community planners to make the regulatory changes necessary to protect their community into the future. An example will be provided which demonstrates how climate change has resulted in increased frequency of flooding. The changes proposed in Executive Order 13690 will allow improved estimates of flooding levels, thereby giving community planners greater knowledge with which to direct sustainable development.




Jacques Annandale

Confirmed Speaker

As a PE and a certified floodplain manager (CFM) I have worked with Southcentral Alaska Municipalities and the State of Alaska to meet engineering design needs and floodplain regulatory requirements. My design philosophy balances the local community, engineering, and environmental needs to reduce long term risk and promote positive development. Read More

Jon Zufelt

Confirmed Speaker