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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Reducing Flood Risk by Building Partnerships

Terry R. Zien, P.E., CFM
Civil Engineer and Project Manager
US Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District


The Silver Jackets program provides a strategy for planning and implementing measures to reduce risks of flooding and other natural hazards.  In this meeting, we will discuss how the Silver Jackets program is being used in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.  We will go in depth to discuss the technical aspects of the currently ongoing pilot projects including: Flood Inundation Mapping for the Mississippi River at St. Paul, Souris River Basin Hydromet Network Analysis, Emergency Action Plan Template Document, Mapping Undocumented Levees Using GIS, Decision Tools for Zoning in Bluff Erosion Areas, and the Pre-Flood Information Package Development Study.  The meeting will also touch on the interagency response to the flood of June 2012, development of the MN All Hazards Plans (2011 and 2014) for FEMA, and State Level FEME Risk MAP Meetings.


Speaker Bio:  

Terry Zien is a Civil Engineer, worked at a consulting firm for 3 years (1985-1988), worked at the St. Paul District of USACE since May 1988 (26+ years) in Design, Hydrology, Hydraulics, and Programs and Project Management.  He is currently the Program Manager for Planning Assistance to States and Flood Plain Management Services, FRM, and the Silver Jackets Coordinator for MN, WI, and co-coordinator for ND.  He is an adjunct employee to Emergency Management as needed for flood reconnaissance, State EOC liaison, and the St. Paul District Temporary Housing team.  Mr. Zien is also the Project Manager for the National Committee on Levee Safety out of HQ USACE.  He has a BS degree in Geology, U of MN, 1983, and a MS degree in Civil Engineering (Hydrology and Hydraulics/St. Anthony Falls Hydraulic Lab), U of MN, 1985.  Mr. Zien is a Licensed Professional Engineer in MN since 1991 and has been a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) since May 2012.  Mr. Zien was recognized as the USACE Silver Jackets Coordinator of the year in 2014.

Meeting Schedule and Logistics:

  • Social time and lunch (if you so desire) will be from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM in the dining room of the Officers Club.
  • The Club’s cafeteria-style lunches are typically $10.00 or less; people who partake in the cafeteria-style lunch will pay the Officers Club directly.  If you come only for the presentations, there is no charge. 
  • Post Meeting and Presentation will be from 12:30 PM to about 1:15 PM in the Lower-Level Meeting Room of the Officers Club.
  • 1/2-PDH for this Presentation.



Please RSVP with your intent to either partake in the cafeteria-style lunch or to come for the presentation only; this will help the Officers Club staff to ensure that an adequate amount of food is prepared.  Either leave a voice mail message with Michelle Larson at 651-290-5632, or click the RSVP button in the left-hand column, or send an email message to


Meeting Location: 

Fort Snelling Officer's Club near Post Road.  See map at: