Flood Hazard Mitigation Working Group

The AWSM­P’s Flood Haz­ard Mit­i­ga­tion Work­ing Group formed in 2014 to bring local offi­cials and flood advi­so­ry com­mit­tee mem­bers togeth­er to learn about flood­ing and flood mit­i­ga­tion top­ics, and to net­work with peers in adja­cent towns. The work­ing group sup­ports Town imple­men­ta­tion of flood haz­ard mit­i­ga­tion plan­ning and projects. This group is relat­ed to, but inde­pen­dent of Town flood com­mit­tees or boards; how­ev­er, mem­bers from town com­mit­tees are wel­come and encour­aged to join the work­ing group.

The work­ing group will be an oppor­tu­ni­ty for com­mu­ni­ties to coor­di­nate with each oth­er, receive tech­ni­cal assis­tance from AWSMP and oth­er agen­cies, and share infor­ma­tion on flood haz­ard mit­i­ga­tion strate­gies. The work­ing group meets quar­ter­ly and oper­ates under the guide­lines of the AWSMP Stake­hold­er Coun­cil. Meet­ing min­utes are below.


Shandaken Area Flood Assessment and Remediation Initiative (SAFARI)

Devel­oped by the Town of Shan­dak­en fol­low­ing major flood events in 2010, SAFARI works to improve resilience to flood­ing. Town of Shan­dak­en offi­cials led the SAFARI project through devel­op­ment of a Town of Shan­dak­en Flood Mit­i­ga­tion Plan adopt­ed in July 2013. The AWSMP par­tic­i­pates in SAFARI and is pro­vid­ing finan­cial assis­tance. Agen­das and meet­ing min­utes for the SAFARI com­mit­tee are below.



Local Flood Analysis

In 2014, SAFARI, act­ing on behalf of the Shan­dak­en Town Board, began the process of “Local Flood Analy­sis” focused on the ham­lets of Phoeni­cia and Mt. Trem­per. The process con­sists of two steps: 1) an engi­neer­ing analy­sis of flood con­di­tions and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of poten­tial flood mit­i­ga­tion projects artic­u­lat­ed in a plan and 2) project design and imple­men­ta­tion.

The Town of Shan­dak­en tasked town engi­neer Milone & MacB­room, Inc. (MMI) with com­ple­tion of the Local Flood Analy­sis process.  The first step — an engi­neer­ing analy­sis and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of flood mit­i­ga­tion projects, is near com­ple­tion for Phoeni­cia and Mt. Tremper.

Below are links to Local Flood Analy­sis pre­sen­ta­tions and reports pro­duced by MMI.


Eso­pus Creek and Stony Clove Creek Pub­lic Meet­ing — August 10, 2015

Mt. Tremper:

Eso­pus Creek and Beaver Kill Pub­lic Meet­ing — August 17, 2015

Combined Phoenicia and Mt. Tremper study results:

Local Flood Analy­sis Phoeni­cia and Mt Trem­per Town Board Pre­sen­ta­tion — Jan­u­ary 25, 2016

For more infor­ma­tion about Local Flood Analy­sis, see: http://catskillstreams.org/lfa/