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NY Program On Flood & Climate Change Preparedness A Success

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The Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project is an educational initiative designed to help municipal officials and stream-side landowners throughout the Hudson Valley prepare for floods and climate change. The program has been moving forward, and is being heralded as a successful one.

Educators from the Cornell Cooperative Extension associations in Columbia, Greene, Dutchess, Orange and Putnam counties have been teaching flood preparedness to officials and landowners in 37 Hudson Valley municipalities.

The team incorporates local knowledge of how streams work into understanding stream dynamics, and have taken an active role in post-flood stream repair, helping communities adapt to climate change while striving to improve the long-term health of the ecosystem.

The project has launched a seminar series, which began Thursday at Sand Lake Town Hall, with a focus on dams and flooding: The next seminar is Wednesday, October 16th at the Rensselaerville Town Hall, which will cover headwaters, flood hazards and habitats.

Carolyn Klocker, a senior water resource educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Dutchess County, says many people have questions and seek information about flood insurance and the National Flood Insurance Program.

The New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary Program has issued 12 grants worth a combined $564,000 for water resiliency projects throughout the state.

The funding became available after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee both rocked the region in 2011. The DEC is working in partnership with the non-profit New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission on the grant program.

Headwaters, Flood Hazards and Habitats   
Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 06:30pm - 08:00pm   

Presented by: Ron Frisbee, CCE – Columbia Greene & Gretchen Stevens, Hudsonia, Inc.

Ron Frisbee from Cornell Cooperative Extension will provide an overview of stream dynamics and flooding. Gretchen Stevens from Hudsonia, Inc. will provide a presentation on Catskill Creek habitats and their role in flood prevention. This seminar will increase your understanding of how streams work and steps communities can take to decrease vulnerability to flooding.  This seminar is offered through the Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project in partnership with the NYS Water Resources Institute and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program, with support from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.   For more information regarding the Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project and this seminar series, visit: www.hudsonestuaryresilence.net. Advance registration is required.

Location Rensselaerville Town Hall, 87 Barger Road, Medusa, NY 12120, Albany County
Contact Register at: http://floodseries5.eventbrite.com or call (518) 622-9820 x 33.
Cost: Free

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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