Upcoming FREE NYS DEC Floodplain Management Training

Flood Mgmt Training

Fisher Associates, as part of team, is working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to provide a series of free floodplain management training sessions. The sessions are designed to help your community or agency better understand state and federal requirements for development in floodplains. Please consider attending and inviting other representatives of your community or agency who would benefit from it.

Full day floodplain management training is being offered throughout the state. Three hour sessions on FEMA’s levee mapping requirements and on DEC’s Coastal Erosion Hazard Area (CEHA) program are being offered where needed.

These free sessions last either three or six hours, depending on the training. The training is funded by a grant from FEMA and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and is targeted at code enforcement officers, building inspectors, emergency management officials, Certified Floodplain Managers, floodplain administrators, engineers, and planners. The training will qualify attendees for Professional Engineer, Code Enforcement, and Certified Floodplain Manager credits.

The Dutchess + Putnam Counties Floodplain Management Training will be held on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 in East Fishkill, NY. Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 1st, 2016. Please note that the trainings are limited to the first 50 registrants. I’ve attached a general information flier, as well as a site-specific flier, to this email. Registration information and forms are available on DEC’s website at the link below:


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Climate Smart Communities Webinar Series – Creating a Natural Resources Inventory


Experts and representatives from leading Climate Smart Communities share ideas and experiences in brief, informative sessions via the Internet. The Climate Smart Communities (CSC) webinar series runs from June through September each year on the second Thursday of the month, unless otherwise posted. Sessions begin at 10:30 AM and last approximately 90 minutes. Previous webinar presentations and recordings are found on our Climate Smart Communities Webinar Presentations page. See the 2015-2016 schedule for a list of upcoming webinars. Information on how to access each webinar is distributed via the Climate Smart Communities listserv and available through the event listing on the DEC calendar.

Creating a Natural Resources Inventory:

Natural areas including forests, wetlands, and floodplains provide numerous benefits to communities and play a vital role in climate resilience, such as floodwater retention in wetlands and the reduction of heat impacts by urban forests. To develop climate change adaptation strategies and inform local land-use, municipalities need good information on the location and status of natural resources in their community. A natural resources inventory (NRI) provides an essential foundation for comprehensive planning that proactively considers a community’s land and water resources. This month’s Climate Smart Communities webinar will introduce a new guide to the process of creating an NRI, and discuss how your municipality can benefit from having an NRI to inform planning, conserve natural assets, and build resilience.

Please provide us with your name and community affiliation, either via email or telephone to the Office of Climate Change at climatechange@dec.ny.gov or 518-402-8448. In the event that we cancel or postpone this webinar, respondents will be notified.

Add this meeting to your calendar program (to Microsoft Outlook, for example): https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/j.php?MTID=mb7e3efc148fb042f138a29e07353abde

For the complete Natural Resources Inventory Guide, click here.

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Floodplain Management and Coastal Erosion Trainings

NYSDEC is sponsoring floodplain management training across New York State under a FEMA mitigation grant. The training is geared towards local building and code officials, planners, local elected officials and design professionals.

Full day sessions are being offered to go over floodplain and National Flood Insurance Program topics, including understanding flood maps and floodplain development requirements. Separate half day sessions will cover FEMA levee mapping requirements and New York State coastal erosion hazard area standards.

This training is free of charge.

For a complete listing of the scheduled trainings, visit the DEC page here.

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Managing Shore Zones for Ecological Benefits

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David Strayer of the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies in partnership with the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve’s Sustainable Shorelines Project has released a new handbook for Hudson Valley municipal officials and residents, entitled “Managing Shore Zones for Ecological Benefits”.

The purpose of this handbook is to offer suggestions for practical ways that landowners and
land managers can protect shore zones and increase the benefits that they provide. Although
targeted at the Hudson River, many of these suggestions will be helpful for managing shore zones along lakes, rivers, and estuaries elsewhere.

For a link to a digital version of the handbook click here, or visit our ‘Resources for You’ sections for landowners & residents or municipal officials!

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The Great Swamp Watershed – HRWA’s Watershed of the month for July!


Did you know that the Friends of the Great Swamp – also known as FrOGS – have been around for 25 years, protecting this watershed through research, education and conservation?  The Great Swamp itself lies in a 20-mile long valley at the eastern edge of the ancient Hudson Highlands. Covering over 6,000 acres, it is one of the largest freshwater wetlands in New York State. Like a giant sponge, it absorbs the runoff from nearly 63,000 acres of forested uplands, roadbeds and backyards in Putnam and Dutchess Counties. Winding through a changing landscape of villages, farms, forests, and increasing commerce, it plays many important roles – providing flood control, water filtration, diverse habitats, quality of life, recreation and inspiration!

The Great Swamp Watershed, located in the southeastern corner of Dutchess County and northeastern corner of Putnam County (and a portion in western Connecticut), is the Hudson River Watershed Alliance‘s Watershed of the Month!

For more information on this watershed, and the group Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS), click here!

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The Benefits of Reconnecting Hudson Valley Waterways

New York State is home to over 5,700 active dams. Most of these dams are over 65 years old and require ongoing maintenance to keep them functioning properly. Many dams no longer serve their intended purpose and have fallen into disrepair. Dam failure may cause flooding that could threaten people, property and wildlife.

DamsBrochure-ThumbnailAre you a dam owner interested in removing your dam? If so, take a look at our brochure: The Benefits of Reconnecting Hudson Valley Waterways, or contact the NYSDEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program at 845-256-3016

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Onesquethaw-Coeymans Creek Watershed – HRWA’s Watershed of the month!

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The Hudson River Watershed Alliance’s Watershed of the Month for May is the Onesquethaw-Coeymans Creek Watershed in Albany County. The watershed encompasses an area of approximately fifty-two square miles, which includes portions of five municipalities in Albany County: the Towns of Berne, New Scotland, Bethlehem and Coeymans, and the Village of Ravena. From its headwaters in the Helderberg Escarpment west of Clarksville, the stream – initially called the Onesquethaw Creek – travels approximately 19 miles in its 1,400-foot descent to the Hudson River. It enters the Hudson as Coeymans Creek just east of the village of Ravena in Coeymans Landing, about 12 miles south of the City of Albany.

Click here for more information on the Onesquethaw-Coeymans Creek Watershed, or visit the Watershed Alliance’s homepage here!

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Severe Weather Awareness Week


The National Weather Service has designated the week of April 26th as Severe Weather Awareness Week for the states of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont. Meteorologists urge all residents to be weather ready by protecting themselves from the hazards of flooding, tornadoes, and severe thunderstorms, especially in the coming months of the spring and summer season.

Each day in the upcoming week, the National Weather Service will highlight and explore actions to take during severe weather to reduce the risk of death, injury, and property damage.

  • On Monday, severe weather terms and definitions will be discussed.
  • On Tuesday, the focus will be on severe thunderstorms.
  • On Wednesday, severe weather preparedness and safety will be discussed.
  • On Thursday, a study of tornadoes will be featured with a review of thunderstorm safety. In addition, on Thursday afternoon at 1:15 p.m., a severe weather communications drill will be conducted.
  • On Friday, a look at the summer flood threat will be highlighted, with some safety rules provided.
  • On Saturday, a review of key items from the week will be done, once again focusing on preparedness and safety.

For more information, visit the National Weather Service’s page: http://www.weather.gov/aly/safetycampaigns


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