Friday, October 19, 2012

Annual Conference 2012

I can't believe our conference is next week! I hope you have registered and made your hotel reservations. To register go to  We have planned an amazing conference this year along with a tour of some project locations. We also have our favorite event, Floodplain Jeopardy, with our host Randy Wahlen. I look forward to seeing you all down at the conference. Let me know if you have any questions.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Denis Stuhff

Sad news in our Association as we have lost our dear friend, Denis Stuhff. Denis died in an automobile accident on June 27th. He was such a wonderful person and brought such expertise to our association. He was a dedicated hydraulic engineer who truly loved his work and those he worked with. His face would light up when a project he was working on was nearly completed. He was instrumental in enforcing all UDOT contract engineers to be certified floodplain managers.

The Board has recently decided to rename our Excellence Award the Denis D. Stuhff Award of Excellence. Denis won this award last year at our conference and we felt it was a fitting tribute to our friend and mentor. He is the bar that we can try to measure to. It was an honor to have him on our Board and part of our Association, but most importantly as our friend. He was such a delight to be around and we will miss him dearly.

Denis D. Stuhff
Riverton, UT-Denis D. Stuhff, born on October 10, 1950 in Cameron, Texas to Fred and Martha Stuhff passed away on Wednesday June 27th following an automobile accident. He was a devoted husband and father and would go out of his way every day to express his love and appreciation for everyone in his family. Denis took time to enjoy the simple pleasures of life-literally stopping to smell the roses.
Denis was a senior hydraulic engineer for UDOT with over 20 years experience as an engineer. He had a deep love and appreciation for history. He was known for his encyclopedic knowledge of structures, hydraulics and environmental engineering. This depth of knowledge and his commitment to serving the people of Utah saved the state millions in tax dollars. He had a strong commitment to ethical behavior. When answering the phone he would politely respond with "Denis, how can I help?" He was a devout Catholic, a loyal friend and was kind to the less fortunate.
Above all, Denis D. Stuhff was a husband and father. He will be severely missed by his family.
Denis is survived by his wife of 35 years, Valerie; four children Audrey, Rebecca, Patrick and Emily Stuhff, mother Martha Stuhff, and brothers Michael, Max, Mark, John & Carl.

I am so glad I got to meet Denis and become his friend.

Annual Conference 2012

The Annual Conference has been set for October 24-26, 2012 at the Abbey Inn in St. George.  We will again offer the Certified Floodplain Manager exam on the day before the conference, October 23.  Contact John Crofts at 801-538-3332 if you are interested in this exam.

Conference fees are $125.00. Call the Abbey Inn and make your hotel arrangements. Register for the conference online at

We look forward to another fabulous conference and can't wait to see you!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

UFSMA's New Website and Conference Registration

You can register for our annual conference online this year at
 You still have to pay the old fashioned way (with a check) for now, but at least we are making it a little easier to register. Please visit the website and let us know what you think. This is a work in progress, so more updates to the site will be coming.  Thank you. Remember to register for the conference, and book your room at the Abbey Inn in St. George.  See you soon !!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Want To Be a Certified Floodplain Manager?

Through the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), our mothership, Certification in floodplain management is offered. I offer this exam each year at our annual conference. It is a test that requires some studying and good working knowledge of the National Flood Insurance Program. There is a fee to take the exam and annual CEU's to maintain the Certification. It is a great way to show our professionalism in our field. If you are interested in taking this exam, please let me know and I will get you the study material for this exam.

Welcome To Our Blog!

It's true, UFSMA has a blog. Long over due. Now we can talk about all sorts of floodplain and stormwater issues and announce conferences and workshops better. I hope you will join me in this conversation and get our association active. I appreciate all our members. What a great group ! Our conference is November 19-20, 2009 at the St. George Abbey Inn. We are looking for presentations, so if you have had a successful project or want to share with us, we would love to hear from you. Email me at and let me know your idea. Stay tuned to this blog. I hope to post to it often.