Upcoming Forum – Flood Resiliency Resources: Protect your Community from Flooding and Reduce Insurance Rates through the Community Rating System

Hudson_river_from_bear_mountain_bridgeDate: Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 – Add to Calendar
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Roosevelt Fire District Building (830 Violet Avenue, Hyde Park, NY) View Map

Certificates of attendance for municipal training credit will be provided.

This workshop will introduce communities to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Community Rating System (CRS) program, including:

  • the benefits of the program;
  • what the CRS entails;
  • how to tell if the CRS is a good fit for your community (through a baseline assessment);
  • how communities can enroll in the program and resources to help your community enroll; and
  • some of the flood adaptation and mitigation actions communities undertake as part of the program to increase resiliency to flooding within their communities.

Presentations will also include case studies from communities that are participating in the Community Rating System as part of their strategy to become more resilient to flooding and protect the health and safety of their community.

This workshop will also highlight the New York State Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Certification program and how actions communities can take to become certified within the CSC program can overlap with activities communities receive credit for under the Community Rating System, thus allowing communities to benefit from both programs.

Communities are saving tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars annually and reducing their flood risk by participating in the Community Rating System (CRS), a program within the FEMA National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The CRS rewards communities that go beyond the minimum requirements of the NFIP, providing a discount on flood insurance premiums for a community based on their CRS class. The Community Rating System encourages communities to undertake actions which will reduce their community’s vulnerability to flooding to receive points and are certified into different classes based on the number of points they receive. Discounts to residents and businesses range from 5% – 45% in the Special Flood Hazard Area, allowing communities to save tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, and improving communities’ abilities to recover from and prevent flood loss, and afford flood insurance.

The NYS Climate Smart Communities Program supports municipalities as they plan and carry out climate-friendly actions that match community goals and save taxpayer dollars. Over 170 New York municipalities have made the decision to engage their citizens in energy efficiency, renewable energy and the green economy through the ten program elements in the Climate Smart Communities Pledge. The CSC Certification program provides a framework to guide a communities climate actions while also providing recognition for their leadership. There are over 120 individual actions communities can take to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change while also and simultaneously earning points in the program.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

Click here to register! 

For more information, contact Camille Marcotte at ctm78@cornell.edu or (845) 677-8223, ext. 138.

This workshop 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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Roe-Jan Watershed Association – HRWA’s Watershed Group of the month for August

Roe-Jan Watershed Map

The Roeliff Jansen Kill, usually called the Roe Jan, is a sixty-mile-long stream in southern Columbia County, emptying into the Hudson between the towns of Germantown and Livingston. The Roe Jan has a 212 square mile watershed, comprising about a quarter of Columbia County. 37 square miles of the watershed are in Dutchess County, and about 13 square miles in Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

The Roe Jan Watershed Association grew out of a pilot sampling project done as part of
Riverkeeper’s Water Quality Program. With the support of Riverkeeper, the Bard Water
Lab, and Trout Unlimited, sampling is being done at 14 locations in the area of the Roe Jan
watershed on the third Saturday of each month from May through October.

For more information, click here!

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Climate Smart Communities Forum: Supporting Municipal Efforts to Become Climate Resilient

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Date: Saturday, June 4th, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm (Doors open at 8:30am)
Location: Vassar College, Villard Room, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY
Register online at: http://csccertificationforum.eventbrite.com

On April 18th Governor Cuomo announced “$11 million in Climate Smart Community grants is available for municipalities to become more resilient to the effects of climate change.” 

This forum will provide communities an overview of the NYS Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Certification program, the benefits to participating in the program and how to get started. Participants will learn about how completion of certain CSC Certification actions increases the competitiveness of applications for CSC grants. Presentations will also include case studies from communities that are participating in the CSC certification program as part of their strategy to become more resilient to extreme weather.

The NYS Climate Smart Communities Program supports municipalities as they plan and carry out climate-friendly actions that match community goals and save taxpayer dollars. Over 170 New York municipalities have made the decision to engage their citizens in energy efficiency, renewable energy and the green economy through the ten program elements in the Climate Smart Communities Pledge. The CSC Certification program provides a framework to guide a communities climate actions while also providing recognition for their leadership.   There are over 120 individual actions communities can take to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change while also and simultaneously earning points in the program. 

This Forum is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. 

For more information, contact Carolyn at cak97@cornell.edu or (845) 677-8223, ext. 135. 

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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The Normans Kill Watershed – HRWA’s Watershed of the month for April

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A tributary of the Hudson River – the largest in Albany County, the Normans Kill flows southeasterly over 40 miles through Schenectady and Albany Counties, draining 170 square miles of farmland, woodland, wetlands and developed areas.  The name ‘Normans Kill’ comes from the Dutch word for ‘Norwegian,’ after a settler who owned lands at the mouth of the creek in the 17th century.  While there is not currently an active watershed group here, there are several municipalities and groups like the Stormwater Coalition of Albany County and Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy that are involved with protecting this creek.

Click here for more information on the Normans Kill!

www.hudsonwatershed.org 

 

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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:

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/101275.html

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Climate Smart Communities Webinar Series – Creating a Natural Resources Inventory

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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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