Subject: FEMA Region 1 Coastal Erosion Hazard Areas Study - Field Recon
To Whom it May Concern:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Technical Mapping Advisory Council, tasked with considering future conditions, recommended that FEMA assess the impact of coastal erosion and sea level rise. In response to this recommendation, FEMA Region I initiated coastal erosion and sea level rise studies in Fairfield, Middlesex, and New Haven counties. The results of these studies will be used to develop non-regulatory coastal erosion hazard maps which will identify coastal areas subject to erosion.
Compass is currently serving FEMA as a production and technical services contractor in executing these coastal erosion studies. The purpose of this letter is to inform you of Compass’ reconnaissance activities, which will include a visual inspection of the shoreline to identify unique physical characteristics impacting coastal erosion. The reconnaissance effort will be completed on foot by teams of two to four people. The field staff may be using handheld GPS devices and digital cameras to document the findings of the field reconnaissance activities. Compass plans to conduct field activities the week of June 5th.
If you have questions regarding this activity, please contact me as Compass’s Project Manager at CaufieldBA@cdmsmith.comor by telephone at (617) 452-6658. The Compass field staff will carry photo identification and this FEMA letter detailing the purpose of their field reconnaissance effort. Your community’s police agency and local floodplain administrator will be contacted prior to the start of field activities.
If you have questions regarding this FEMA study, please do not hesitate to contact Kerry Bogdan, the FEMA Region I Risk Analysis Branch Chief, by email at Kerry.Bogdan@fema.dhs.govor by telephone at (617) 956-7576.
Brian A Caufield, PE, CFM, PMP, D.CE
Task Order Manager
CDM Smith, a member of Compass PTS JV
75 State Street, Suite 701, Boston, MA 02109
(cell) 617.999.9068, (office) 617.452.6658