Building Flood Smart Communities in Steuben County

May 8 event in Corning to explore solutions for flood safety

Corning, NY | May 02, 2018

River flooding is a problem nationwide, with a scope we are just beginning to grasp. A newly published study finds that 41 million Americans—some 13 percent of the population—are at risk from flooding rivers. This is certainly true in the Cohocton River watershed, where municipalities are grappling with how to best utilize their limited resources to protect people, nature and infrastructure.

Now, thanks in part to the Flood Smart Communities initiative led by The Nature Conservancy, the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board, Steuben County and the University of Buffalo, watershed communities in New York’s Southern Tier are on the path to greater flood safety.

Stevie Adams, Nature Conservancy freshwater conservation specialist, will present on local efforts to understand how Cohocton River communities are impacted by flooding r, and come up with solutions tailor-made for the people they are serving.

WHAT: Building Flood Smart Communities
WHEN: Tuesday, May 8, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
WHERE: Southeast Steuben County Library 300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza #101 Corning, NY 14830

“Rivers and floods don’t stop at municipal boundaries, and our solutions need to cross those borders as well,” says Adams. “Our Flood Smart Communities project is showing us that when it comes to flood safety, connections are key. Communities can’t reduce their vulnerability without working together, and they can’t do it without investing in nature.”

This event will offer the community a chance to explore the initial results of a two-year collaboration with municipalities aimed at helping Cohocton watershed towns decrease their flooding vulnerability and increase their resilience to climate change.

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