Building Watershed Resiliency in the Upper Delaware River Region – Workshop in NY

Building Watershed Resiliency in the Upper Delaware River Region

The impacts of climate change and dramatically shifting weather patterns on water resources, public infrastructure, and communities are posing new challenges for watershed management in the Upper Delaware River region.

This one-day workshop is designed for municipal officials, planners, highway managers, and other water resource professionals who are interested in developing new strategies to adapt to these impacts and build more resilient communities.

Participants will gain an understanding about how increased precipitation, flooding, and drought conditions are affecting local water resources, people, communities, and wildlife.

Examples of innovative approaches to stream restoration, green infrastructure, and flood prevention and emergency response will illustrate how communities in our region are getting prepared for climate change impacts.

A classroom session in the morning will be followed by an afternoon field trip to the Neversink Preserve for a firsthand view of how a mature floodplain forest and a floodplain restoration project are helping improve climate resiliency along the Neversink River in Orange County, NY.

Wednesday June 7, 2017

9:00 AM Welcome, Introductions

9:15 AM Climate Change Impacts in the Region & Strategies for Improving Resiliency: Stephanie P. Dalke, Pinchot Institute for Conservation

9:50 AM Sands Creek Restoration Project/Stream Corridor Management Plan: Jeff Skelding and Sherri Resti Thomas, Friends of the Upper Delaware River

10:15 AM Break

10:30 AM Stream & Floodplain Restoration; Emergency Post-flood Response Strategies: Graydon Dutcher, Stream Program Coordinator, Delaware County Soil & Water Conservation District
Part 1
Part 2

11:15 AM Lower Neversink Flood Model: Mark Carabetta, Senior Project Manager, Environmental Science, Milone & MacBroom

12:00 PM Load Into Vans & Drive to Site
LUNCH Provided – On Site

1:00 PM Neversink Preserve Site Visit/Tour, courtesy of The Nature Conservancy, New York Chapter

4:30 PM Arrive back in Monticello

The APA New York Metro Chapter is a co‐sponsor of this workshop, and AICP members are eligible to receive Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for their attendance.

For more information on climate change impacts and adaptation strategies in the Upper Delaware River Region, follow these links:
Building Resilience in the Upper Delaware River Region:

Adapting to a Changing Climate: Risks & Opportunities for the Upper Delaware River Region: