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Learn how streams work, June 30

Also learn ways to minimize flood risk, for your property & community

The presentation will include an overview of stream dynamics – how streams naturally flow over the land; and will feature a discussion of how streams respond to disturbance from human-built infrastructure (like bridges or culverts), especially under flood conditions. (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Flickr/Creative Commons)

STONY POINT, N.Y. — “Since our region has experienced the catastrophic results of flooding, there has been an increasing demand for better understanding of how floods happen, and what we can do to protect our homes and communities,” commented Rosemarie Baglia, Extension Resource Educator, “As we enter ‘hurricane season’ it’s good to become aware of what can happen practically without warning – especially for people living near streams and rivers.”

Cornell Cooperative Extension will present Streams, Flooding, and Watershed Management, on Thursday, June 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Cornell Cooperative Extension Rockland County, in Stony Point, NY. The presentation will include an overview of stream dynamics – how streams naturally flow over the land; and will feature a discussion of how streams respond to disturbance from human-built infrastructure (like bridges or culverts), especially under flood conditions.

This seminar will contain information of interest to municipal leaders, streamside landowners and others who would like to increase their understanding of stream dynamics and flood mitigation. It will include time for participants to express concerns and ask questions about specific issues related to streams. The seminar provides an opportunity for people with ongoing issues related to streams and flooding to speak with professionals in the field.

Presenters at the seminar include Ron Frisbee and Audrey Kropp, Educators for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties, and Carolyn Klocker and Camille Marcott from Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County.

Members of municipal boards who attend the seminar will be eligible for a certificate towards the required New York State municipal training. Certificates will be available at the end of the seminar, which can be presented to municipalities for their approval. This seminar is open to all and is offered free of charge, but participants must register by calling 845-429- 7085 X 117 or by email at jas946@cornell.edu

Streams, Flooding, and Watershed Management is part of the Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project Seminar Series, intended to provide municipal officials and streamside landowners with access to education on flood-related issues. It is being offered through Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project, in partnership with the New York State Water Resources Institute at Cornell University and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program, with support from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund.

Cornell Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities. If you have special needs related to program participation, please contact your county Extension office in advance.

—Cornell Cooperative Extension

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