Building Watershed Resiliency in the Upper Delaware River Region - Workshop in PA

Watershed and Community Resiliency Workshop

The impacts of shifting weather patterns on water resources, public infrastructure, and communities are posing new challenges for watershed management in the Upper Delaware River region. Floods in recent years have caused enormous damage and depleted budgets, but changing rain and snow patterns could pose other problems in the region, too.

This workshop was held at the Wayne Conservation District in Honesdale, PA. Speakers covered topics such as:
• Impact of changing weather patterns and floods on stream health, fish habitat, and road infrastructure
• Basics of stream function and dynamics
• Historical factors contributing to flood damages
• Emergency post-flood response protocols
• Permitting and laws pertaining to doing work in or near streams in PA
• Examples of successful local stream, roadway, and floodplain improvement projects

WORKSHOP AGENDA
Wednesday January 17, 2018

9:30 AM Welcome, Introductions

9:45 AM Impacts of Floods and Shifting Weather Patterns in the Region and Strategies for Improving Community Resiliency: Stephanie P. Dalke, Pinchot Institute for Conservation

10:15 AM West Branch Stream Corridor Management Plan: Molly Oliver, Delaware County; Sherri Resti Thomas, Friends of the Upper Delaware River; George Fowler, Woidt Engineering

10:45 AM Break

11:00 AM Sands Creek Restoration Project: Sherri Resti Thomas, Friends of the Upper Delaware River; George Fowler, Woidt Engineering

12:00 PM LUNCH (provided)

1:00 PM Basic Stream Dynamics and Stream Corridor Assessment Protocols: Mike Lovegreen, Upper Susquehanna Coalition

2:00 PM Break

2:15 PM Emergency Post-flood Response Strategies: Mike Lovegreen, Upper Susquehanna Coalition

3:45 PM Recap and Evaluation

4:00 PM End