A seminar about the science of how forests and wetlands work to help limit damage from flooding will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Desmond Fish Library, 472 Route 403, Garrison,
Admission is free, but registration is recommended.
Marilyn Wyman, team leader of the Natural Resources Program with Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties, will talk about the relationship between forests and flood mitigation: how forests slow the flood of water, increase filtration and absorption, and help to stabilize stream banks. She will also discuss some of the problems facing important forested land, including invasive species, fragmentation and the lack of regeneration.
Laura Heady, biodiversity outreach coordinator with the Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources, will share her knowledge and research about wetlands: their role in maintaining clean water, controlling floodwaters and protecting shorelines and stream banks from erosion and property damage.
This seminar is part of a series sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension and Cornell University, in partnership with the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program and New York State Water Resources Institute. The Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project is an educational initiative designed to help municipal officials and stream-side landowners prepare for floods and climate change in the Hudson Valley. Educators from the Cornell Cooperative Extension associations in Columbia, Greene, Dutchess, Orange and Putnam counties are teaching municipal personnel and landowners in target areas about flood preparedness.
The goal of the project is to provide assistance to communities in developing effective flood readiness and flood response plans. After a severe storm and flooding event, landowners and municipal officials have many decisions to make. There are immediate responses to protect human safety and to repair infrastructure. Once the initial crisis period has passed, there is the opportunity to develop strategies to minimize future flooding impacts. The Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project will provide communities with information that can enhance flood planning and preparedness in advance of the next big storm.
Staff members from the regional Cornell Cooperative Extension offices will work with municipal officials and landowners in several watersheds across the Hudson Valley. CCE staff has interviewed local officials across the region through a process led by Cornell University to identify local knowledge of how streams work, and needs for further information and training. Results from these interviews will help guide the development of the program so that it meets the needs of municipal officials and stream-side landowners. CCE staff will also be utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping and analysis to determine critical target areas for the program.
CCE is collaborating with the Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts to train highway personnel and contractors on the topic of post-flood stream repair.
CCE will also provide educational presentations and seminars for municipal officials; workshops and hands-on trainings for landowners; resource materials including fact sheets identifying which agencies to contact during and after flood events, and planning tools to assist municipalities with reducing vulnerability to flooding.
To register for the seminar, use the online registration form at http://floodseries3.eventbrite.com/. For more information or to register by phone, contact Dianne Olsen, Extension Educator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-278-6738.