NMFS Biological Opinion & FEMA’s NFIP Implementation Plan

  On September 23, 2021, The Port of Nehalem hosted Tillamook County Commissioner David Yamamoto and Tillamook County Department of Community Development Director, Sarah Absher as they shared critical information on the pending National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Biological Opinion (BiOp) Policies. The NMFS BiOp will impact many Tillamook County residents, farmers, businesses, and public entities in ways few of us fully realize.
  As currently written, the BiOp directs the FEMA National Floodplain Insurance Program (NFIP) to impose severe restrictions and bans on future development, redevelopment or repair in floodplains statewide to protect fish habitat (salmon and steelhead). In Tillamook County, communities like Nehalem, Tillamook, Pacific City, and more exist within these highly restricted areas and would be severely impacted.
  The goal of this meeting was to expand community awareness about the BiOp, look at specific examples of the BiOp’s critical impacts to the region, and what our residents, businesses, and public entities’ next steps might be.
  Below find the video of the web meeting. Commissioner Yamamoto’s remarks are first and Absher’s presentation begins at 12:50.

Further references from https://oregonnfip.org
Final Draft Implementation Plan Document

NFIP Reference Documents

NFIP Final Implementation Workshop

September 10, 2021

NFIP Implementation Workshop Update #4

April 16, 2021

NFIP Implementation Workshop #3

August 10, 2020

NFIP Implementation Office Hours (#2)

July 7, 2020

NFIP Implementation Workshop #1

June 26, 2020

Oregon NFIP/ESA BiOp Implementation Webinar

March 20, 2020

Oregon NFIP/ESA BiOp Implementation Workshop

February 21, 2020

Webinar Presentation

Web Resources

Oregon’s Department of Land Conservation and Development information page for the NFIP in Oregon

FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program & the Endangered Species Act

FEMA Guidance on Floodplains and Wildlife Conservation