Posts Tagged ‘flooding’

Public Comment Period Open for New Flood Risk Documents

Posted on: June 29th, 2018 by Brent Gotsch

The New York State Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion (DEC) is now accept­ing pub­lic com­ment on two flood-risk man­age­ment doc­u­ments. The “State Flood Risk Man­age­ment Guid­ance” doc­u­ment and the “Guid­ance for Smart Growth Pub­lic Infra­struc­ture Assess­ment” doc­u­ment can be down­loaded and reviewed by vis­it­ing the NYSDEC web­page ded­i­cated to the Com­mu­nity Risk and Resiliency Act (CRRA). The dead­line for pub­lic com­ments is August 20. Com­ments should be sub­mit­ted by email to climatechange@dec.ny.gov and include “CRRA Com­ments” in the sub­ject line or by mail­ing writ­ten com­ments to DEC, Office of Cli­mate Change, 625 Broad­way, Albany, NY 12233–1030.

The guid­ance doc­u­ments describe how sea-level rise and river­ine flood­ing pro­jec­tions adopted by NYSDEC in 2017 should be incor­po­rated into project design in spec­i­fied facility-siting, per­mit­ting, and fund­ing pro­grams. The CRRA Act seeks to address issues related to cli­mate change in New York State by adopt­ing offi­cial sea-level rise pro­jec­tions; con­sider sea-level rise, storm surge and flood­ing for appli­cants of cer­tain pro­grams; imple­ment smart growth pub­lic infra­struc­ture pol­icy; pro­vide guid­ance on nat­ural resiliency mea­sures; and develop model local laws con­cern­ing cli­mate risk.

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Shandaken-Allaben Local Flood Analysis Final Public Meeting Scheduled for Dec. 18

Posted on: December 13th, 2017 by Brent Gotsch

The Shan­daken Area Flood Assess­ment and Reme­di­a­tion Ini­tia­tive (SAFARI), a com­mit­tee work­ing under the direc­tion of the Shan­daken Town Board, invites every­one to attend a pub­lic meet­ing to see the results of the Shandaken-Allaben Local Flood Analy­sis (LFA). Through­out the year, SAFARI, the con­sult­ing firm Milone & MacB­room and other part­ner agen­cies have been inves­ti­gat­ing flood­ing issues in the ham­lets of Shan­daken and Allaben and will present their find­ings to the pub­lic at this meet­ing. Mit­i­ga­tion rec­om­men­da­tions will also be presented.

The meet­ing will take place on Mon­day, Decem­ber 18 at the Shan­daken Town Hall at 6:30pm. Atten­dees will have an oppor­tu­nity to ask ques­tions and to com­ment on the plan before a final draft is pre­sented to the Town Board early next year.

A copy of the report can be viewed on the Town of Shan­daken web­site.  To learn more about the LFA process a video from the first pub­lic meet­ing is also avail­able on the Town web­site.

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Managing Flood Risk Workshop December 11

Posted on: December 4th, 2017 by Brent Gotsch

AWSMP and Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster County (CCEUC) Resource Edu­ca­tor Brent Gotsch in con­junc­tion with CCEUC Live­stock Edu­ca­tor Jason Det­zel will be be offer­ing a work­shop on flood­plain man­age­ment for live­stock and agri­cul­tural pro­duc­ers, or any­one with a flood­plain on their prop­erty. The work­shop will occur on Mon­day, Decem­ber 11 and run from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster County offices located at 232 Plaza Road in Kingston, NY.

It is free to attend but reg­is­tra­tion is required. Please con­tact Jason Det­zel at jbd222@cornell.edu or call 845–340-3990 x327 to register.

The work­shop will help flood­plain prop­erty own­ers bet­ter under­stand their risk of flood­ing and how to read and inter­pret FEMA Flood Insur­ance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insur­ance Stud­ies (FISs). Addi­tional top­ics to be cov­ered include:

  • The dif­fer­ent types of flood zones
  • How to iden­tify flood­way and flood fringe areas of a floodplain
  • How to com­pute the base flood ele­va­tion of the floodplain
  • What exactly is a “100-Year flood”
  • Com­puter and elec­tronic tools to help iden­tify flood haz­ard zones
  • Live­stock dis­as­ter information

 

If time per­mits there will also be a brief dis­cus­sion on flood insur­ance and how that applies to struc­tures in a mapped floodplain.

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Hurricane and Flood Preparedness

Posted on: September 7th, 2017 by Brent Gotsch

Hur­ri­cane Irma is likely to be one of the most pow­er­ful storms ever recorded and is cur­rently on track to make land­fall in the state of Florida this week­end. At this point it is unclear whether this storm will con­tinue on with the same strength or inten­sity and make its way to the North­east. Now is a good time to make prepa­ra­tions in case the storm does reach our water­shed. A good first step to pre­pare for poten­tial flood­ing is review AWSMP’s Flood Pre­pared­ness Guide and guides from emer­gency man­age­ment agen­cies like FEMA.

It may also be use­ful to know if you are in a mapped flood haz­ard zone. You can do this by view­ing paper Flood Insur­ance Rate Maps at your local Town Hall (also avail­able for down­load from the FEMA Map Ser­vice Cen­ter) or by view­ing an inter­ac­tive ver­sion on the National Flood Haz­ard Layer or the Ulster County Par­cel Viewer. Now would also be a good time to stock up extra sup­plies of food, water, and med­i­cine in case there are dis­rup­tions in deliv­ery of such items. In addi­tion, the NY Exten­sion Dis­as­ter Edu­ca­tion Net­work (NY EDEN) has exten­sive infor­ma­tion on how to pre­pare for flood­ing, hur­ri­canes and other emer­gen­cies. By being informed and pre­pared we can all be more resilient in the face of nat­ural disasters.

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