2014 Seminar Series

The Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project is proud to announce its 2014 Seminar Series!

Click the thumbnail below for a list of our seminars going on this summer and fall.  We will we be updating the site with more information as the events draw nearer.  Hope to see you there!

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Flash Flood Watch in effect from noon EDT Thursday, July 3rd through this evening

The National Weather Service in Albany has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of western Massachusetts…east central New York and southern Vermont…including the following areas…in western Massachusetts…Berkshire. In east central New York…Albany...ColumbiaDutchessGreeneRensselaer… Schenectady…Ulster…Hamilton…Montgomery…Fulton…Herkimer… Saratoga…Warren…Washington…Schoharie…Warren… In southern Vermont…Bennington and Windham.

* From noon EDT today through this evening

The combination of saturated ground from yesterday’s heavy rainfall…combined with more likely heavy rainfall from trailing thunderstorms could produce rapid water rises resulting in flooding this afternoon and evening.

* Flash flooding could take place on roadways…culverts and small streams.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

If flash flooding were to happen…act quickly. Move to higher ground at once. Get away from places subject to rapid flooding…such as dry creekbeds or places along streams. Avoid already flooded areas. Turn around…Don’t drown.

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Water Resources Infrastructure: A Critical Piece of Community Development

Save the date! September 17-18, 2014

The New York State Water Resources Institute (WRI) and Community & Regional Development Institute (CaRDI) will be providing a conference - Water Resources Infrastructure: A Critical Piece of Community Development at Honor’s Haven Resort in Ellenville, NY

For more information, please visit cardi.cornell.edu.

Click the thumbnail below to see the flyer:

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National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and Floods Webinar

NFIP_LogoFriday, June 27 at 2:00 pm

Having property mapped into the FEMA “flood zone” has consequences that go far beyond the risk of experiencing a flood.  Most “rules” of the flood damage prevention ordinance – which must be adopted by a community in order for flood insurance to be available – apply equally to urban and rural property, including agriculture. How you’re allowed to build and conditions of being allowed to significantly improve your building or restore your home after a fire, flood, tornado or other incident depend on being “in” or “out” of “the flood zone.” Being mapped in the “flood zone” can make the difference between qualifying for a mortgage or not. Understanding the consequences of being mapped in “the flood zone” can help anyone working in the areas of family or business finance, sustainable development, and home-buyer education, agricultural economics, and – by extension – community economics. This webinar will be an introduction to the National Flood Insurance Program, which is the source of both the official flood maps and the flood damage prevention ordinances. We will review the meanings of commonly used terms such as “the flood zone”, “the hundred-year flood,” “Base Flood Elevation,” “mandatory purchase,” and “flood ordinance,” and explain how “mapped in the flood zone” dictates or significantly influences what a property owner can do with his property. We will discuss ways knowledge of the NFIP can be used to enhance traditional Extension education programs.

This free one-hour webinar is open to everyone, but is especially for Extension educators and specialists.

Moderator: Ken Hellevang, NDSU Extension Engineer and co-leader, Flood National EDEN Issue Leadership team.

Please register at http://eden.lsu.edu/Conferences/SCAP/Registration/Registration.aspx. Use the drop down menu to select “NFIP and Floods.”

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Forests and Wetlands for Flood Management

Next seminar: Forests and Wetlands for Flood Management. To be held on Monday, June 16th from 6:30PM to 8:30PM at the Dutchess County Farm & Home Center, 2715 Route 44 in Millbrook, New York.

Learn what you and your community can do to help prevent flood damages through this seminar about how forests and wetlands help mitigate the effects of flooding. Speakers Marylyn Wyman (Team Leader, Natural Resources Program at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties) and Laura Heady (Biodiversity Outreach Coordinator, NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell University Dept. of Natural Resources) will talk about the relationships between forests, wetlands, and flood mitigation. Forests slow the flood of water, increase filtration and absorption of rainfall, and help stabilize stream banks during high flows. Wetlands clean water, control floodwaters, and protect shorelines and stream banks from erosion and property damage.

For more information and to register, see the event flyer below:

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March 12 – Winter Weather Advisory for Hudson Valley and Western New England

The National Weather Service has issues a Winter Weather Advisory for the Mid-Hudson Valley, Taconics, Berkshires, and Litchfield County, CT.  The advisory is in effect from 6:00 PM today (Wednesday) until 11:00 AM tomorrow morning.

  • Hazard types: Sleet, freezing rain, and snow
  • Snow and Sleet Accumulations: 2 to 4 inches in the lower elevations; 4 to 8 inches in the northern Taconics and Berkshires
  • Ice Accumulations: Up to around a tenth of an inch
  • Timing: Rain will transition to mixed precipitation of sleet and freezing rain early in the evening, with a changeover to snow before midnight. Snow will taper off to snow showers Thursday morning.
  • Impacts: Flash freeze as temperatures rapidly drop this evening. Roads may quickly freeze as the colder air rushes in making travel hazardous. The snow will make matters worse.
  • Winds: Around 10-25 mph this evening with gusts of up to 35 mph possible
  • Temperature: Highs today in the upper 30s to lower 40s reaching lows in the single digits and teens overnight.

Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility – Use caution while driving!

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Feb 19 – Winter Weather Advisory for Hudson Valley

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for snow, sleet and freezing rain tonight into early Friday morning.

  • A period of above freezing temperatures and rain is forecast, mainly on Friday.
  • Some snow melt is expected but snow will mostly compress and ripen.
  • River forecasts show smaller creeks will rise 2-3 feet while larger rivers will rise 1-2 feet.
  • Ice thickness on many rivers and streams is in the 8-12+ inch range with snow on top of the ice.
  • Ice is thick enough to cause significant ice jamming if it breaks up quickly before it has time to become rotten.
  • Urban and poor drainage flooding is also possible on Friday.
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Jan 10 – Flood Advisory still in effect for southwestern Dutchess; NEW – Flood Watch in effect for east-central New York State and western New England

The National Weather Service has extended the Flood Advisory issued yesterday for southwestern Dutchess County (ice jam on the Wappingers Creek in Red Oaks Mill) until 10:00 PM Friday, Jan 10th.

The NWS has also issued a Flood Watch for east-central New York State and adjacent western New England.  This watch is in effect from Saturday (Jan 11) afternoon until Sunday (Jan 12) afternoon. There is a potential for three-quarters to 2 inches of rainfall Saturday into Sunday morning.

For a more detailed description of these warnings, see the National Weather Service’s report here.

For emergency preparedness, see the NY Extension Disaster Education Network (NY EDEN) here.

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