Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project

Project Name:

Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project

Contact information

Shorna Allred
Associate Professor, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Elizabeth LoGiudice,
Community Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties

Gretchen Gary
Extension Associate

Allison Chatrchyan,
Director, Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture

Marilyn Wyman
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia & Greene Counties
Cornell Cooperative Extension Invasive Species Program

Theresa C. Mayhew
Resource Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties

Rosemarie Baglia
Resource Educator
Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County

Dianne K. Olsen
Senior Extension Educator
Environmental Horticulture and Natural Resources
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County

Program Description

Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension, in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program and NY Water Resources Institute, is conducting an educational initiative with a focus on flood resiliency and climate change in the Hudson Estuary watershed. The project objective is to provide communities with tools to enhance their understanding of stream dynamics, floodplain function and watershed planning to reduce their vulnerability to floods in an era of increasing heavy precipitation events.  Educational topics include the causes of flooding, the role of land use in flooding, benefits of wetlands and riparian buffers in flood mitigation, and techniques to restore stream integrity after flood events. Outreach activities include presentations to municipalities, workshops and hands-on trainings for municipal officials and other key stakeholders, fact sheets regarding jurisdiction in streams, what agencies to contact during and after flood events, and resources to assist municipalities in planning to reduce vulnerability to flooding.  The project will also investigate the capacity of communities to respond to floods in a manner that ensures the long-term viability of stream systems while enhancing resiliency. Interviews of municipal officials and a survey of streamside landowners were conducted to determine their educational needs and experiences with flooding.

More information

Category: Freshwater, Government, Land use, Natural resources, Research, Water/flooding, Wetlands

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