What’s Behind the Revised FEMA Flood Maps and Understanding Storm Surge Impacts to the Coastline

Date: October 21, 2014
Time: 7-8 PM
Location: Cohasset Center for Student Coastal Research

Ingeborg E. Hegemann   Matthew Creighton

This is a free presentation seminar and discussion event hosted by the Center for Student Coastal Research (CSCR), a non profit organization located in Cohasset on Boston’s South Shore. The CSCR educates students in environmental sciences, encourages environmental awareness, and promotes activism.

General attendance and participation is complimentary, tax deductible donations are welcome.

The 9th seminar of the speaker series is a combined presentation by Ingeborg E. Hegemann, PWS,senior vice president and Matthew Creighton, PWS, project manager and wetland scientist, both at BSC Group. Ingeborg and Matt will discuss "What’s Behind the Revised FEMA Flood Maps and Understanding Storm Surge Impacts to the Coastline".


Matthew (Matt) Creighton, PWS, is a project manager and wetland scientist in BSC Group’s Yarmouth office. He has 10 years of experience in both municipal and private consulting, with tasks including land management plans, marina reconfigurations, dredging, coastal resource area delineations, piers and view platforms, resource area evaluations, preparation and submittal of permits, and coastal restoration. In addition to his duties as a project manager and wetland scientist, Matt manages the West Yarmouth environmental group and is a Professional Wetland Scientist with the Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program. Projects Matt has been involved with include municipal consulting projects such as Phinneys Harbor marina reconfiguration and dredging in the Town of Bourne and a management plan for Palmers Island in New Bedford. Matt will discuss some of his projects, including restoration and beach nourishment projects.

Ingeborg E. Hegemann, PWS, is a senior vice president with BSC Group, Inc., and manages BSC’s Worcester, Massachusetts office. She is a scientist and planner with over 30 years of experience in land planning and strategic regulatory consulting for public, private and institutional clients. Her expertise lies in environmental science, wetlands assessment and impact analysis, regulatory permitting, and public participation. She has experience with the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, Mass Environmental Policy Act impact analyses; Section 401 and 404 of Clean Water Act; local, state and federal wetland evaluations and impact analyses; stormwater management (NPDES and Storm Water Management Plans) and municipal regulatory analysis, such as zoning and open space planning. Ms. Hegemann has also been an expert witness regarding wetland regulation on several occasions.

Ingeborg has long been involved with Massachusetts DEP advisory committees (e.g. Rivers Protection Act regulations, Water Quality Certification Process under the Clean Water Act’s 401 regulations, and DEP’s Stormwater Advisory Committee), and assisted in the development of DEP regulations.

She also serves on local boards and commissions, and on boards of directors for environmental associations, including the Society for Ecological Restoration and Society for Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Committee, where she participates in the reviews and approvals of Professional Wetland Scientists. She routinely lectures and authors material for professional associations and is an adjunct professor teaching Wetland Ecology at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell. She holds a Master’s degree in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

Seminar Abstract: What’s Behind the Revised FEMA Flood Maps and Understanding Storm Surge Impacts to the Coastline

The Massachusetts coastline is constantly being reshaped by coastal storm surge and coastal flooding. These changes impact our coastline in a variety of ways. This presentation will take a look at coastal beach, coastal dune and coastal bank erosion at several Massachusetts beaches and what role restoration plays in protecting and maintaining these resource areas, as well as adjacent properties. The presentation will also look at how manmade structures can impact the resource areas surrounding them.

We will then provide a brief introduction to the FEMA program and the changes that alarmed a number of coastal communities and landowners over the past year. We will include a brief comparison of the FEMA 100 year floods to hurricane floods, and start a discussion on how communities should start thinking about climate adaptation.