Flooded Field
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Flooding Happens: Understanding How Floods Happen and How to Be More Flood Resilient

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Flooding happens. In recent years, more frequent and more intense precipitation events have been observed. If you own or rent land in Ulster County or if you are concerned about flooding, then join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC) on Wednesday, July 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Ulster County Fairgrounds (249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz) in the Youth Building. The cost is $20 per person.

Presenters will discuss flooding and it's impacts on home properties as well as agricultural land. Participants will learn how to determine if their property lies in a flood zone, what that means for their land or property, and possible mitigation strategies.

The agenda is as follows:

  • 9:30 a.m. - 9:35 a.m. – Introductions
  • 9:35 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. - How Do You Know if Your Property Will Flood? (Brent Gotsch, CCEUC Watershed Educator) Brent will provide a basic overview of flooding and terms (e.g. flood zone, base flood elevation, etc.) as well as tools that individuals can use to determine if their property is at risk of flooding, which include flood insurance rate maps and flood insurance studies.
  • 10:05 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. - GIS Climate Maps (Penelope Adler-Colvin, SUNY New Paltz Geography 2019) Penny will offer a live demonstration of GIS climate maps she created for select areas in the Hudson Valley. These maps will include information on soils, flood plains and topography/elevation. Penny will relate the influence of climate change on these locations.
  • 10:35 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Break
  • 10:45 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. - Improving Soil Structure to be More Flood Resilient (Webinar - Matt Ryan, Assistant Professor Cornell University School of Integrative Plant Science, Soil and Crop Sciences Section). Matt will address how cover crops and an overall improved soil health can make a site more flood resilient.
  • 11:20 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. - Why be Concerned About Flooding (Jason Detzel, CCEUC Sr. Livestock Educator)Jason will discuss, from a livestock educator perspective, the concerns/impacts of flooding specifically on area farm lands. Topics covered will include livestock stress, field erosions and manure runoff.
  • 11:55 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. - Sources of Flooding and Ways to be More Flood Resilient (Brian Rahm, Director of the New York State Water Resource Institute (WRI))Brian will introduce the NYS WRI, provide an overview of situations that cause flooding (e.g.storms) and provide examples of climate adaptation
  • 1:40 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. - Flood Conservation Planning on Farms (Oscar Velez-Juarbe, USDA NRCS Millbrook, NY). Oscar will talk about on farm conservation planning to mitigate the effects of floods and programs offered by NRCS (e.g. crop insurance, TAP, etc.).
  • 2:20 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Break
  • 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Economics of Starting Over (Elizabeth Higgins, Business Management Specialist CCE Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture). Liz will present information on crop insurance, low interest loans and disaster payments.
  • 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Farm Visit (Site TBD) (Jake Wedemeyer, Certified Crop Advisor and Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District). Jake will lead a discussion and field trip to show firsthand the impacts of flooding and what mitigation strategies used at this farm to overcome flooding.
  • 4:00 p.m. - Adjourn

Lunch and transportation to the farm visit are provided

Registration Deadline is July 8 2019.




Jim O'Connell
Sr. Agriculture Resource Educator
845-340-3990 ext. 390


Ulster County Fairgrounds
249 Libertyville Road
New Paltz, NY 12561