18th Annual Southeast New York Stormwater Conference & Trade Show

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
Dutchess Manor – Beacon, NY

About the Conference

The LHCCD’s annual conference is an opportunity for municipal staff and officials, water quality professionals, land use planners, civil and environmental engineers, landscape architects, construction contractors and interested citizens to learn about stormwater management and related topics from experts in the field, and from one another. Each year the conference features speakers that address water quality management from a variety of different perspectives and disciplines. The associated trade show gives attendees a chance to check out the latest and greatest trends in stormwater management technology and professional services.​

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Riverkeeper: Information on Storm Surge Barriers

In response to Superstorm Sandy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering six different plans involving massive in-water barriers and/or land-based floodwalls, dunes and levees intended to “manage the risk of coastal storm damage” to New York Harbor and the Hudson Valley. The six alternatives are under consideration as part of the New York – New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries (NYNJHAT) Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study, affecting more than 2,150 square miles.

Read more on this topic from Riverkeeper: https://www.riverkeeper.org/blogs/ecology/storm-surge-barriers-for-ny-harbor-threaten-life-of-the-hudson-river/

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The Hudson River Watershed Alliance will be having its next Watershed Roundtable on Tuesday, May 22nd from 9:30 am to 2 pm hosted by the Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS) in Patterson, NY.
If you don’t know already, our Watershed Roundtables are intended to be part of an ongoing conversation with watershed groups from throughout the Hudson River Watershed and an opportunity to learn and share information.  Perhaps more important, the Roundtables are a great way to stay connected to the incredible watershed community we have in the Hudson Valley!
For this next meeting, we will have check-in and networking at 9:30 am, our meeting and discussions starting at 10 am led by a special presentation by our hosts from the Friends of the Great Swamp, followed by a free pizza lunch at 12:30 pm, and a 45-minute hike to see part of the Great Swamp which will finish by 2 pm.  Each watershed group will be asked to spend 2-3 minutes reporting to the group.
Please register using the link below.
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“Adaptation Inspiration” video highlights communities becoming resilient to sea-level rise

The Climate Program at the Hudson River Estuary Program has produced a short video “Sea-level rise: planning coastal development” highlighting how the City of Kingston and residents of Piermont are adapting to sea-level rise and coastal flooding. The second offering in the “Adaptation Inspiration” series, this video reviews the causes of sea level rise and showcases the positive approaches with which these communities are adapting to this consequence of climate change. Thank you to filmmakers Laura and Mustafa at Flicker Filmworks! Visit the climate program’s webpage on climate resilience case studies to learn more about flood-adaptive planning efforts.

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Streams 101 – Infrastructure Impacts Presentation

On Saturday, November 4th, Resiliency Project staff led a training for local municipal and highway staff on stream basics, flood resilience measures, and the potential impacts on stormwater on municipal infrastructure.

Here is the slide presentation from that training:

Click here for a Hudson Valley 360 press article on the training!

For questions or more information, please contact Tracey Testo at CCE Columbia-Greene at 518-622-9820 x41 or tet35@cornell.edu.


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Upcoming Training! “Stream Assessment and Troubleshooting”

“How to evaluate and problem-solve your stream-road trouble spots using USGS StreamStats and other tools”

Extreme weather may drastically change a stream. Intervention to protect infrastructure is needed, but what size channel was it? How do you find out?

Training for municipal, highway or agency staff and contractors who work with streams:

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Lunch included)

Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties Agroforestry Resource Center and Bowery Creek Training Facility (6055 State Route 23, Acra, NY 12405)

Improve your decision making ability with this hands-on training in the use of USGS StreamStats, an online watershed assessment tool that can be used to find the expected dimensions of a stream at any given place. Learn to access the online site, determine the drainage area upstream, and use the information to compare the expected versus existing conditions. This program features a field session where participants will practice taking measurements in the stream and learn ways to problem solve the issues identified. This workshop is a version of the NYS Post Flood Stream Intervention assessment protocols intended for highway or agency personnel and contractors working in streams.

The training is FREE and will provide guided hands-on experience in both the classroom and field sessions (RAIN OR SHINE). Computers and materials will be supplied.

Lunch is included! Space is limited!

For more information and to register, Click Here!

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Water Quality Update: What a Hudson River sewage overflow looks like

On July 18, a fast-moving intense summer thunderstorm whipped through the region, resulting in a short burst of rain – and a flood of raw sewage into the water.

Here’s what it looked like in Kingston:

Take a look at that video, and then multiply it by about 660. That’s what happens to the Hudson River when it rains.

The latest data:
Check out the latest data on fecal contamination in the Hudson River Watershed, the best indicator of water quality for recreation. Remember that the data show a snapshot in time, and don’t indicate water quality today.

Hudson River Estuary
Upper Hudson
Mohawk River
Mill Creek
Moordener Kill
Poesten Kill
Quackenderry Creek
Wyanants Kill
Catskill Creek
Roeliff Jansen Kill
Esopus Creek
Saw Kill
Rondout Creek
Wallkill River
Ossining Beach
Pocantico River
Sparkill Creek
Saw Mill River
Bronx River
East River
New York City

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Adapt: The Key to Climate Resilience

This video highlights Climate Smart Communities (CSC) certification program’s action to “develop climate adaptation strategies.” Visit tinyurl.com/CSCcertification to learn more.

To learn more about the Cornell Climate-Adaptive Design studio, visit: tinyurl.com/CornellCAD

To learn more about the Hudson River Estuary Program and how you can get involved, visit: tinyurl.com/HREstuaryProgram

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Save the Date! “Fostering Climate Resiliency in your Community” Forum – Saturday, June 24th

Cornell Cooperative Extension is hosting a forum on: 

Fostering Climate Resiliency in your Community
“How to become a leader using funding and support from NYS Climate Smart Communities” 

Date:            Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time:            9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location:     St. Thomas Aquinas College – RSAC main room
                     (125 Route 340, Sparkill, New York, 10976) 

Communities will learn about new climate resilience grants and technical assistance available through the NYS Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program. The forum will feature municipal leaders who will provide insights into how their community is leveraging state resources to adapt to climate change and extreme weather. Presentations will also be given by representatives from the NYSDEC Office of Climate Change and the Hudson River Estuary Program.

Climate Smart Communities 2017 grant application deadlines are anticipated to be due in late July – a few weeks after this forum.

To register, click here!


This forum is part of the Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project, a program of Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension in partnership with the NYS Water Resource Institute and the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, with support from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.

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