Environment and Energy Program Monthly Update February, 2015

The Environment and Energy Program’s monthly update contains information on: upcoming events, outdoor recreation, green living tips, environmental resources and materials, and environmental notice bulletins for Dutchess County. The update is sent out via e-mail, and is also posted on the CCE Dutchess website on the first Friday of every month.

Please click here to view the entire update for the month of February, 2015.

Highlights from the Monthly Update:

Upcoming Events:

  • Determining Peak Flow Under Different Scenarios and Identifying Undersized Culverts: Monday, February 16, 2015: 1 – 3 pm. Ancram Town Hall, 1416 County Route 7 Ancram, NY 12502. Learn how to identify undersized culverts that could present as hazards in your community. Changes in land use and precipitation patterns are leading to culverts that are too small to pass the amount of flow some streams are seeing during large storms. A collaboration between the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, Cornell University, and Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts, this project is identifying culverts that might be too small now, or in the coming decades. These locations could present a hazard to the community from backing up, overtopping, washing out, and potential infrastructure costs for replacement. They also represent an opportunity for a watershed-wide prioritization of the culverts, channeling money where it can be best spent to address the hazards. This talk will describe the project and its results in the Punch Brook and Shekomeko watersheds. This event is free and open to the public. Certificates of attendance for municipal training credit will be provided. Click here to view the flyer. Register: https://ancramculverts.eventbrite.com.

  • Annual CAC and EMC Roundtable Forum: Wednesday, February 25, 2015: 7 – 9 pm. Dutchess Farm and Home Center, 2715, Rt. 44, Millbrook, NY. The CCEDC Environment & Energy Program will host the Annual CAC and EMC Roundtable Forum, which provides a valuable opportunity for volunteer members of municipal Conservation Advisory Councils (CACs) and the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council (EMC) to share successes and challenges, learn what neighboring municipalities are working on, and prioritize goals for 2015. The Roundtable also allows members of the public to learn about local environmental issues that are critical to the community. All current EMC and CAC members are strongly encouraged to attend!
  • Climate Smart Communities Webinar: New York State Department of Transportation’s Flooding Vulnerability Assessment and NYSDEC Fine Culvert Assessment Project: Thursday, February 12, 2015: 10:30 am – 12 pm. In 2014, NYSDOT completed a statewide flooding vulnerability risk assessment for state-owned highways and bridges. This webinar will explain how NYSDOT conducted the assessment, what information was gathered and how it is being used. Participants will learn about NYSDOT’s method, which could serve as a model on how to conduct a transportation flooding vulnerability assessment at the community level. In addition, this webinar will describe NYSDEC’s fine-scale culvert assessment project. The goal of this project is to provide infrastructure managers with scoring data on culvert passability and capacity enabling them to prioritize culvert repair needs. Register: Please respond with both your name and community affiliation via either e-mail or telephone to the Office of Climate Change at climatechange@dec.ny.gov or 518-402-8323.
  • Save the Date! Forum: Reviewing Stormwater Management in Site Design: A Guide for Planning Board Members: Thursday, March 19, 2015: 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Farm and Home Center, Millbrook, NY. More information, including registration coming soon!