Gretchen Gary and Shorna Allred, part of the Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project at Cornell University’s Human Dimensions Research Unit (HDRU), have just released their final Needs Assessment on riparian landowners’ risk perception, attitudes, and behavior with regard to flooding and stream management. The results will be used to inform education and outreach to private landowners in the Hudson River Estuary.
The specific objectives of the Needs Assessment were to:
- Understand how and why streamside landowners in the study area manage their properties, especially in relation to flooding
- Investigate flood risk perception and personal responsibility of streamside landowners
- Determine the flood and stream management education needs and communication preferences of streamside landowners in the study area
The full Needs Assessment can be found on HDRU’s site here, or under Landowners & Residents in our Resources section
Minute Earth explains how a river’s bends and meanders form in this short YouTube clip.
This clip was found via TestTube, an education and documentary internet branch of the Discover Channel here: Why Do Rivers Bend?
Winter Weather Advisory in effect from December 9, 04:00 AM EST until December 10, 12:00 AM EST
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBANY HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…SLEET…AND FREEZING RAIN…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT.
LOCATIONS: GREATER CAPITAL DISTRICT…NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE MID HUDSON VALLEY…NORTHERN AND CENTRAL TACONICS… SARATOGA AND GLENS FALLS REGION…THE BERKSHIRES AND SOUTHERN VERMONT.
HAZARD TYPES: SNOW…SLEET…AND FREEZING RAIN.
ACCUMULATIONS: 1 TO 3 INCHES FOR VALLEY AREAS…AND 2 TO 6 INCHES ACROSS THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE NORTHERN TACONICS…BERKSHIRES AND SOUTHERN GREEN MOUNTAINS.
ICE ACCUMULATIONS: A TRACE TO A TENTH OF AN INCH.
TIMING: A WINTRY MIX OF SNOW…SLEET…AND FREEZING RAIN WILL SPREAD FROM SOUTH TO NORTH ACROSS THE REGION THIS MORNING. PRECIPITATION WILL CHANGE TO A PLAIN RAIN BY THIS AFTERNOON…ALTHOUGH SOME SLEET MAY CONTINUE TO MIX IN WITH THE RAIN AT TIMES THROUGH THIS EVENING.
IMPACTS: HAZARDOUS TRAVEL DUE TO SNOW AND ICE COVERED ROADS AND POOR VISIBILITIES. * WINDS…NORTH 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.
TEMPERATURES: IN THE LOW 30S THIS MORNING RISING INTO THE MIDDLE 30S THIS AFTERNOON.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW…SLEET…OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
**There is also a Flood Watch in effect from December 9, 06:00 AM EST until December 10, 01:00 AM EST for:
Litchfield County, CT, Eastern Ulster County, Dutchess County
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow for:
- Western New England
- Eastern Catskills
- Capital District (Albany)
- Mid-Hudson Valley
The Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 7 AM Wednesday morning until 10 AM Thursday morning.
Snow accumulations: 6 to 16 inches – Heaviest accumulations in the Taconics and Hudson Valley. 1 to 2 inches of snow per hour predicted. Temperatures in the upper 20s to mid 30s. Winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts of up to 20 mph.
This storm will significantly impact Thanksgiving holiday travel. Please be careful driving to loved ones if necessary, but if possible, stay at home and off the roads!
When thinking of countries that have had to deal with flood control and water management at an extensive level, one’s mind may instantly go to the Netherlands. Today, approximately 27 percent of the country is actually below sea level. This area is home to over 60 percent of the country’s population of 15.8 million people. Dealing with floods is second nature to the Dutch, who have gone to great measures to manage the impressive force of the North Sea and the country’s rivers, including the famous Rhine, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean at the critical port city of Rotterdam.
David Berg, AICP, LEED AP and Cameron Engineering & Associates, LLP gave a presentation for New York State’s Climate Smart Communities Program on many of the management techniques the Dutch have already implemented (or plan to implement) as this low-elevation nation continues to thrive in the face of the rising threat of global climate change and sea level rise.
Here are the slides from their presentation (two parts):
On Tuesday, October 2nd, the Resiliency Project hosted a seminar at its Dutchess County location entitled “Streams 101: Planning for Streamside Habitats and Flood Resilience”. This educational presentation provided basic information on stream dynamics – how streams naturally flow on the land, how streams respond to disturbance and problems that can arise from the interaction of streams and human-built infrastructure, especially during flood events. Presenters also touched on municipal case studies and useful planning tools and resources to assist municipalities in adapting and becoming more resilient to future flood events.
Check out the video recording:
Streams 101: Planning for Streamside Habitats and Flood Resilience from Hudson Estuary Resilience on Vimeo.
For links to this and our other presentations, visit our ‘Seminars’ section under Media!
Today, Monday September 22nd, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law the Community Risk and Resiliency Act, aimed at strengthening New York State’s preparedness for the effects of climate change and helping protect communities against severe weather and sea level rise. The Community Risk and Resiliency Act advances a number of important recommendations of the NYS 2100 Commission, which the Governor convened after Superstorm Sandy to develop more resilient infrastructure systems across the state.
For the complete press release from the Governor’s office, click here.
Earlier this month, New York State Attorney General’s Environmental Protection Bureau released a new report entitled “Current & Future Trends in Extreme Rainfall Across New York State”. The report details the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme rainfall events across New York State and the need to tackle climate change at the state level. It includes a historical analysis of 2-inch rainfall events in New York, which was conducted by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University. That research shows a marked increase in the occurrences of 2-inch rainfalls beginning in the mid-1990s. Research from the Center also found that intervals between extreme “100-year” rainfall events shortened dramatically for the years 1978 to 2007, to a frequency of only 60 years.
The report also finds that the best-available scientific projections of precipitation trends suggest that we can expect the frequency of extreme rainfall events to increase in the future. According to the recent United States National Climate Assessment report, if current trends in greenhouse gas emissions remain as high as they are today for the remainder of this century, the frequency of extreme rainfall as measured by the 20-year daily storm may increase by up to 300% to 400% before the end of the 21st century.
To view the full report, click here.
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 the CaRDI site here!
Click the thumbnail below to see the flyer:
The Fall Kill by North Water St. in Poughkeepsie
This Watershed Wednesday we will be focusing on the Fall Kill! The Fall Kill is a creek in Dutchess County that flows south and west 16 miles from its headwaters in the towns of Hyde Park and Clinton to its mouth at the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie. Although the northern end of the Fall Kill is made up of a number of marshes and wetlands, towards its end, in the City of Poughkeepsie, the Fall Kill flows through a largely urbanized area, and 2.5 miles of it were channelized by stone walls during the period of the Great Depression. The creek’s drainage basin (watershed) accounts for over 12,000 acres in the western part of the county – an area in which roughly 30,000 people reside.
In a 2000 report, the NYS DEC listed the Fall Kill as a stream with impaired aquatic life as a result of urban runoff and suspected nutrients. The stream is classified as a class “C” stream – meaning it’s OK for fishing, but swimming is not recommended. The Fall Kill Watershed Committee was formed in 2002 with goals of 1) improving water quality to the point that the stream can support swimming and other forms of contact recreation; 2) protecting open space along the creek to provide habitat for fish and wildlife as well as places where humans can interact with the natural world; 3) providing more public access to the creek and increase recreational opportunities for the public to enhance a sense of community ownership and caring; and 4) developing educational programs to inform the public and policy makers about the ecological and historical significance of the creek.
One such educational program is Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County’s No Child Left Inside (Dutchess NCLI) program, which has just started its second year. NCLI, led by Carolyn Klocker of CCEDC, is a program that teaches youth and adults more about their environment in the Hudson Valley Region. The program hires teenagers (age 14-19) from the City of Poughkeepsie and provides them with the training and the skills necessary to become Youth Environmental Educators in the program. This past year, NCLI has learned a lot about the Fall Kill Creek and its watershed. The youth educators spent a great deal of time and hard work creating a series of podcasts pertaining to the creek, it’s ecology, history, and water quality, and to flood issues in general. Check out their fantastic new website complete with podcasts and interviews with local watershed experts, as well as photos and more information on the Fall Kill Creek. For more information regarding CCEDC’s No Child Left Inside program, please contact:
Carolyn A Klocker
Sr. Water Resource Educator
Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County
2715 Route 44, Millbrook, NY 12545
845-677-8223, ext. 135
…and for more information on the Fall Kill, please visit DutchessWatersheds.org’s page on the creek here!