2021 Webinars

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NOAA Webinar: Common reed (Phragmites australis) habitat functions in the eastern U.S.

Presented by Erik Kiviat, October 27, 2021; 12-1pm
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Part of the NOAA science seminar series, “Rethinking the Common Reed Grass – Phragmites“, co-hosted by Dr. Judith S. Weis, Professor Emerita, Rutgers University

 

Headwater Streams: Identifying and Protecting an Essential Resource 3-Part Webinar Series

Small headwater streams are often unnamed and unmapped, and unprotected by state or federal regulations. Yet these streams support distinctive biological communities, play ecological roles important to the surrounding landscape, and are essential sources of water, organic materials, and organisms for the larger downstream systems. In this webinar series, we discussed the ecological values of small streams; how to identify them remotely and in the field; threats to stream habitats and water quality; the status of state and federal regulatory programs for small streams; and how to extend local protections to these important resources.

  • Headwater Streams: Values and Threats 
    Wednesday, November 3, 3:00-4:45pm
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In the first session of this webinar series, our presenters discussed the physical components, benefits of, and threats to perennial, intermittent, and perennial headwater steams. Additional topics included a discussion of vegetated streamside buffers and an introduction to basic protection methods.

Presenters:
Gretchen Stevens, Hudsonia Ltd
Beth Roessler, DEC Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell University
Nate Nardi-Cyrus, DEC Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell University

  • Headwater Streams: Mapping and Planning 
    Wednesday, November 10, 3:00-4:45pm
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In the second session of this webinar series, our presenters demonstrated how to use online resources to identify mapped headwater streams and how to analyze topographic maps and aerial photos to find unmapped streams. We walked through examples of map analysis to predict the occurrence of streams and discussed how newly identified streams can be incorporated into local conservation planning. There was also a presentation exploring the role of headwater streams in densely developed cities and villages.

Presenters:
Nate Nardi-Cyrus, DEC Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell University
Gretchen Stevens, Hudsonia Ltd
Emily Vail, Hudson River Watershed Alliance

  • Headwater Streams: Protection 
    Wednesday, November 17, 3:00-4:45pm
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In the third session of this webinar series, our presenters discussed state and federal regulatory protections for streams, the potential for local regulations, how to address stream issues in environmental reviews of land development projects, and approaches for crafting and adopting local laws and zoning for wetland protection. The session ended with a case study of a local stream protection law.

Presenters:
Gretchen Stevens, Hudsonia Ltd
Emily Svenson, Gordon and Svenson LLP
Max Garfinkle, Town of Philipstown

 

Critical Environmental Area Training

The Hudson River Estuary Program and Hudsonia Ltd. are pleased to announce a training and technical assistance opportunity for three communities in the estuary watershed that wish to designate a Critical Environmental Area (CEA). Hudsonia and Estuary Program staff will guide a working group of community representatives through the steps necessary to draft a CEA proposal. The program is free and will be held remotely through monthly meetings June-November 2021.

We are pleased to announce that the following communities have been selected for this training:

Town of Montgomery
Town of New Lebanon
Town of Woodstock

To learn more about Critical Environmental Areas, see this CEA fact sheet, watch a 5-minute video about CEA designation in an Ulster County town, or view our recent webinar about CEAs

New York communities may designate geographic areas with exceptional or unique environmental characteristics as Critical Environmental Areas (CEAs) under State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) regulations. Once a CEA is formally established, lead agencies in environmental reviews must consider potential impacts of proposed development on the special qualities of the CEA, bringing attention to important local features that might otherwise be overlooked. Hudson Valley communities have designated CEAs to recognize important aquifers and drinking water reservoirs, stream corridors and watersheds, significant habitats, wetland complexes, ridgelines, parks and preserves, and scenic areas. This webinar provided an overview of what CEAs are, what kinds of places might be considered for CEA designation, how they are used in land-use planning and decision-making, and how to establish them. Guest speakers from the towns of Bedford and Hyde Park shared their experiences with CEA establishment and application in project reviews. 

 

Wetlands 3-Part Webinar Series

In recognition and celebration of American Wetlands Month in May, the Hudson River Estuary Program and Hudsonia Ltd. were pleased to offer a 3-part webinar series dedicated to Wetland Values, Identification, and Protection.

  • Wetlands: Values and Threats  Wednesday, May 5, 3:00-4:30pm
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In the first session of the Wetlands webinar series we discussed the array of wetland types in the Hudson Valley, the ecological, water resource, and carbon storage values of wetlands; threats to wetlands, including threats from climate change;  and how to protect wetlands through establishment of buffer zones, stormwater management, and maintaining surrounding natural areas.

Presenters:
Gretchen Stevens, Hudsonia Ltd
Laura Heady, DEC Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell University
Nate Nardi-Cyrus, DEC Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell University

  • Wetlands: Mapping, Identification, and Field Verification  Wednesday, May 12, 3:00-4:30pm
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In the second session of the Wetlands webinar series we discussed existing state and federal wetland maps and how to use online resources to identify additional wetland locations through the analysis of topographic maps, soils, and aerial photos. We walked through examples of map analysis to predict the occurrence of wetlands and discussed tips for conducting a field visit to verify those predictions through on-the-ground observations of plants, soils, and other indicators.

Presenters:
Ingrid Haeckel, DEC Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell University
Gretchen Stevens, Hudsonia Ltd

  • Wetlands: Regulatory Status and Local Protection Strategies  Wednesday, May 19, 3:00-4:30pm
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In the third session of the Wetlands webinar series we discussed the state and federal regulatory protections for wetlands, including recent changes, and the potential for local regulations, how to address wetlands in environmental reviews of land development projects, and approaches for crafting and adopting local laws and zoning for wetland protection.

Presenters:
Roy Jacobson, NYSDEC
Gretchen Stevens, Hudsonia Ltd
Emily Svenson, Gordon and Svenson LLP

 

 

For more information, visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/120539.html.

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