Posts Tagged ‘certified floodplain manager’

New Video on Stream Channel Stability

Posted on: May 6th, 2020 by Tim Koch

The AWSMP office might be physically closed, but our education staff have been hard at work generating online stream based content for both youth and adults.

AWSMP Educators Matt Savatgy, Brent, Gotsch, Tim Koch, and Amanda Cabanillas.

AWSMP Educators (from left to right) Matt Savatgy, Brent Gotsch, Tim Koch, and Amanda Cabanillas during a snowshoe stream walk in 2019.

 

AWSMP Stream Educator Tim Koch has just released a new video on stream channel stability: what it is, and why it is important to maintain and improve the stability of our rivers and streams. This 9-minute video is meant for landowners, municipal officials, conservation advisory council members, and anyone else interested in or involved in stream management.

 

This video can also be viewed directly from AWSMP’s YouTube Channel.

AWSMP Watershed Youth Educator Matt Savatgy and Program Assistant Amanda Cabanillas are currently producing a series of educational videos and at-home activities for students. Follow along at home as they discuss different types of rocks, assess a culvert, and investigate stream features in a channel cross-section.

 

Screenshot of CCE Ulster Youth Education Video Series Website

Screenshot of CCE Ulster Youth Science Education Video Series Website

 

The online science series can be found at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County website and on the AWSMP website under Videos.

Check back with us in the coming weeks, especially if you are a streamside landowner or own property in the Special Flood Hazard Area as Resource Educator Brent Gotsch will be producing a series of short videos on floodplains, floodproofing, and all things flood insurance. In these upcoming videos, Brent will teach viewers how to read a flood insurance rate map (FIRM) and the workings of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) among other flood related topics.

As always, our education and technical staff are available to answer any stream, floodplain, or riparian buffer related questions! Call the AWSMP office main line at (845) 688-3047 for assistance or email info@ashokanstreams.org.

Floodplain Manager Trainings Start in January

Posted on: November 30th, 2018 by Leslie_Zucker
CCEUC Educator Brent Gotsch is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), a certification recognized both nationally and by the Association of State Floodplain Managers. Gotsch offers a free course in the NYC Watershed on preparing to become a CFM.

CCEUC Educator Brent Gotsch is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), a certification recognized both nationally and by the Association of State Floodplain Managers. Gotsch offers a free course in the NYC Watershed on preparing to become a CFM.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC) and the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program will host a series of trainings early next year to prepare local officials to take the Certified Floodplain Managers (CFM) examination. CCEUC Resource Educator, Brent Gotsch, who is a Certified Floodplain Manager, will be leading the trainings.

Code Enforcement Officers and other town officials benefit from becoming CFMs. A high level of knowledge about the National Flood Insurance Program and associated floodplain regulations is needed to obtain the certification. Through its trainings, CCEUC has helped 12 local officials prepare for and pass the CFM exam.

The trainings are free of charge and held weekly from January to April at the Shandaken Town Hall. Anyone located in a New York City West of Hudson Watershed community is eligible to participate. While personnel from town or village building departments are most likely to benefit from the training, other municipal officials can as well. Planning Board members, Highway Superintendents, and Town Supervisors have all taken the training and gone on to earn their CFM.

If you are a municipal official in the New York City West of Hudson Watershed and are interested in taking this training, please contact Brent Gotsch at 845-688-3047 or via email at bwg37@cornell.edu. Trainings are expected to begin early in January 2019 and run weekly until about mid-April.