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 the CaRDI site here!

Click the thumbnail below to see the flyer:


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Parts of Long Island receive over 13 inches of rain from Tuesday night’s storm

Cars stranded on the Southern State Parkway

Islip, NY received 13 inches of rain in two hours Tuesday (8/12/204) night

Heavy rains struck the Eastern Seaboard last night (Tuesday, August 12th) and dumped over a foot of rain on parts of Long Island.  The Hudson Valley was spared by much of the storm, receiving only 1 to 2 inches of rain mid-morning Wednesday, although a Flash Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service early this morning remains in effect until 6:00 PM Wednesday evening.

ClimateProgress put out an article following the flooding, which shed a little light on climate change and its effects on precipitation and extreme weather.  Here’s one excerpt from that article that touches a bit on that:

“As the atmosphere traps more heat due to greenhouse gases, two big things happen. The extra heat warms the oceans, which allows more water to evaporate into the atmosphere. The other thing that happens is that the air stays wetter for longer. Warmer air can hold more water than cooler air, so there is more capacity for that water vapor to stay as potential rain.
This leads to precipitation events being more extreme — when it rains, it actually does pour more. Drier areas tend to get drier because that warmer air can hold more moisture, leading to fewer events of more moderate rainfall. When conditions allow for clouds and rain to form, that air is going to have more moisture to fuel a storm event, leading to more severe downpours.”

The article from ClimateProgress can be read here.

Below are a couple of other recent flood-related news articles:

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Greater Stockport Creek Watershed Alliance – HRWA’s Watershed Group of the Month!

The Greater Stockport Creek Watershed

This month, the Hudson River Watershed Alliance has named the Greater Stockport Creek Watershed Alliance as their Watershed Group of the Month!

The Greater Stockport Creek Watershed drains 517 square miles of the mid-Hudson Valley in parts of Columbia and Rensselaer Counties in Eastern New York, and Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts. The watershed drains the western flank of the Taconic Mountains, along the New York-Massachusetts border, and the southern edge of the Rensselaer Plateau, in Rensselaer County, to the Hudson River at Stockport, NY. The watershed is primarily forested (71%) and agricultural (21%) land with most of the agriculture focused in the lowland areas adjacent to the principal rivers in the watershed, Kinderhook and Claverack Creeks.

Stockport Creek is formed by the confluence of the Kinderhook and Claverack in the town of Stockport, Columbia County. Kinderhook Creek drains the northern 63% of the Stockport Creek Watershed, and Claverack Creek drains the remaining 37% in the southern part of the watershed.

The Greater Stockport Creek Watershed is the second largest tributary watershed to the tidal Hudson River. Water in all or part of twenty-six municipalities are captured by the Greater Stockport Creek Watershed. Fifty-six percent of Columbia County, 20% of Rensselaer County, and 2% of Berkshire County drain to tide water at the mouth of Stockport Creek.

Other larger streams in the watershed are Taghkanic Creek, Valatie Kill, and a number of other smaller tributaries.

For more information on this watershed and the group that works to protect and maintain it, visit the Greater Stockport Creek Watershed Alliance’s website here!

Also, check out the Hudson River Watershed Alliance’s website for more information on water issues in the Hudson Valley and for upcoming events!

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Seminar Tonight! ‘Scenic Hudson’s Sea Level Rise Mapper & The Effects of Sea Level Rise on Communities’

Come on out and join us for tonight’s seminar! It starts at 6:00 PM at
Orange County Community College in Newburgh!

SLR Mapper

Screen shot of Scenic Hudson’s Sea Level Rise Mapper focused on the cities of Newburgh and Beacon

Jason Winner will introduce Scenic Hudson’s Sea Level Rise Mapper; showcase how the mapper can visualize future scenarios of sea level rise and coastal flooding; and explain how communities and stakeholders can use the mapper to identify municipal resources that are at risk and strategize plans for resiliency and adaptation.

The seminar is from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Orange County Community College, 1 Washington Center, Kaplan Hall, Great Room, Newburgh, NY 12550

This event is free and open to the public, but we ask that you please register at: www.sealevelrisemapper.eventbrite.com

Hope to see you there!

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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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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:

Forests and Wetlands Flyer - photo

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