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Flood Talk Friday

  • Monthly online webinar
  • Free for RIFMA members
  • Topics range from flood planning and resilience, planned retreat, restoration, and other mitigation projects.
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RIFMA wants to showcase you!

With the continued threats of climate change, sea level rise, and inland flooding, RIFMA wants to showcase all the important work that its members are doing every day!

RIFMA’s Flood Talk Friday Webinar is a platform for any RIFMA member to share (and brag) about programs, projects and events that work towards Rhode Island flood mitigation and resilience. For one hour, you’ll have a captive audience of like-minded flood-obsessed peers! Flood Talk Friday is the 4th Friday of every month from 12pm-1pm. If you are interested in showcasing your work, please send a few sentences describing your project/event/program to


If you can’t wait to share, please post to our social media sites or send us content for the RIFMA Flood Vents Newsletter! We can’t wait to hear from you!


April 2023

Climate migration in the US and New England:
A social scientist’s view

Elizabeth Fussell is Professor of Population Studies and Environment and Society at Brown University, as well as Editor-in-Chief of Population Environment. She earned her doctoral degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2005, when Hurricane Katrina struck, she has investigated disparities in the disaster’s long-term effects on the health, wellbeing, and residential mobility of the residents of New Orleans using innovative methods and datasets. She has extended this research agenda to study the effects of hurricanes and other events on the population of the United States.

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March 2023

The Dam Atlas

Emily was a part of the National Science Foundation Future of Dams grant looking at aging dam infrastructure in New England. She researched and practiced methods to engage communities in decision making around their local dam. Growing out of that research, she has continued to collaborate with Art Gold to develop the Narragansett Bay Dam Atlas, an online platform that includes information to help the public understand the complex social-ecological dynamics of dams, case studies, decision support tools, and an interactive map of all the dams in the Narragansett Bay Watershed.

January 2023

The AIA Disaster Assistance Handbook 

Kenneth J. Filarski is principal of FILARSKI/ARCHITECTURE+PLANNING+RESEARCH, an integrated architecture and planning, ecology design studio and research workshop. Founded in 1976 the studio is recognized with national, regional, state awards in multiple disciplines from professional societies, governments, and citizen organizations.

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December 2022

Quonnie Pond Breachway Project

Bring your lunch and join us virtually as Bin, Senior Technical Specialist at GZA, discusses her project, Quonnie Pond Breachway Coastal Resiliency Improvement Design.

November 2022

Market to Metacom

Bob Rulli, from the Town of Warren’s Office of Planning and Community Development. Bob will present on this award-winning project, Market to Metacom.

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October 2022

Risk Rating 2.0

Bob will offer explanation of the new Risk Rating 2.0 premiums, and how they more accurately reflect a property’s unique flood risk by considering a broader range of variables.

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