EFCN Hosts Three Part Webinar Series on Rural Water Resiliency

The Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University (part of the EFC Network) is hosting a three part webinar series to look at water resiliency in rural areas.

WEBINAR 1:  Rural Water Resiliency through Watershed and Roadway-Stream Intersection Management

DATE:              Thursday, April 21

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7142138735759194115

Description:  Proper watershed and streamway management can decrease both the probability of flooding and drought and community vulnerability to these problems, protect roadway infrastructure, and prevent soil erosion, all of which help with cost savings for local governments. This webinar will cover watershed functions, including the effect of tiling and roadside ditches, demonstrate strategies to improve resiliency through streamway management, adjustment of ordinances and roadway drainage practices, and highlight re-engineered solutions, including relocation of infrastructure, phased retreat, and floodplain buyout. The webinar will also discuss the Climate Change Resiliency Act and how to utilize available money for municipal budgets.

 

WEBINAR 2:  Planning for the New(est) Definition of Federal Waters of the United States (WOTUS)

DATE:              Thursday, May 12

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5568067993830494723

Description:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have published new regulations defining Waters of the United States (WOTUS) in the Federal Register. This webinar will review and compare the 2007 and 2015 delineations of WOTUS and how those definitions impact delineations and determinations. The webinar will describe the status of the definition within the federal courts. Finally, the webinar will discuss steps municipalities can take to protect their own projects and those projects they are reviewing from potential changes in the WOTUS definition.

 

WEBINAR 3Financing Resilient Communities

DATE:              Thursday, May 26

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4099846136796137987

Description:  Flooding can leave a community with damaged roadways, downed transmission lines and uninhabitable buildings. The need to replace or renovate damaged infrastructure becomes an emergency expenditure that many communities simply cannot afford. This webinar will discuss financing strategies and asset management for communities to prepare for flooding and other severe weather events. The webinar will also provide basic resources for communities to generate a resiliency plan and discuss funding programs at the state and federal levels.

 

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