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Green Infrastructure for Water Quality & Neighborhood Revitalization

Hudson Valley Regional Council

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Newburgh, United States

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Green Infrastructure for Water Quality & Neighborhood Revitalization -- May 8, 2013

Sponsored by the Hudson Valley Regional Council.  Co-Sponsored by the Orange County Planning Department; other supporting organizations TBA (list in formation)

Space is limited -- register now or contact Pat Pomeroy  at ppomeroy@hudsonvalleyrc.org or 845-564-4075, or Simon Gruber at sgruber100@verizon.net

Green infrastructure for managing water is a sustainable and effective approach for managing stormwater runoff and integrating water resources goals into land use planning and meeting water quality goals.  It’s become the preferred approach for managing runoff and protecting water quality in state and Federal regulatory and funding programs.  The May 8 conference in Newburgh will provide an introduction to basic concepts and examples of GI, presentations about specific opportunities in Newburgh and other communities in the region, case studies of completed projects, and discussion about resources and next steps including grants and technical assistance.

In addition to managing stormwater and protecting water quality, GI concepts and practices can provide a wide range of other community benefits.  These benefits include:

  • more greenery, better walkability, and an improved streetscape environment for residents and visitors 
  • public health and safety – cooling benefits in hot weather, improved air quality, enhanced recreation and walking opportunities, and better drainage
  • crime reduction -- there’s good evidence that certain crimes go down where lots and neighborhoods have more green space
  • energy efficiency – reductions in building cooling and heating costs, and in operating costs for municipal infrastructure
  • increased property values 
  • many of these are especially important in urban areas and lower income communities that are disproportionately impacted by pollution, asthma and other air quality issues, heat stress in warm weather, lack of access to green space, residential energy costs, etc.

This conference will introduce and explore opportunities for implementing these concepts in the context of urban communities in the mid-Hudson Valley region. Speakers and panelists include (in alphabetical order):

John Behan, Behan Associates

Nette Compton, NY City Parks Department

Robert Crauderueff, NY City Soil and Water Conservation District

Fran Dunwell, Coordinator, NY State DEC Hudson River Estuary Program 

Madeline Fletcher, Newburgh Community Land Bank

Deirdre Glenn, Newburgh Armory Unity Center

Simon Gruber, Hudson Valley Regional Council  

Beth Hoeffner, Orange County Department of Health

Mayor Judy Kennedy, City of Newburgh 

Nadine Lemmon, Tri State Transportation Campaign

Craig Marti, City of Newburgh

Barbara Moore, Former Mayor of Greenwood Lake 

Ed Murphy, Hudson River Housing

Ryan Palmer, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

Pat Pomeroy, Hudson Valley Regional Council

Rob Rolison, Hudson Valley Regional Council and Dutchess County Legislature

Eric Rothstein, e Design Dynamics

Jesse Sarubbi, Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center

Peter Smith, Quassaick Creek Watershed Alliance

Sacha Spector, Scenic Hudson

Kathleen (KT) Tobin , SUNY-New Paltz

Kristen Wilson, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County

 

 

Presentations will address themes and topics including:

The Importance of Green Infrastructure for Community Revitalization 

Green Infrastructure for Water Quality: Overview of Practices, Methods and Benefits

Benefits of Greening in Urban Neighborhoods – Lessons Learned in New York City  Regional Climate Trends Relevant to Water Resources & Community Planning

"White Cherry Rose” Project in Fall Kill Watershed in Poughkeepsie – Case Study

Case Studies of Green Infrastructure Demonstration Projects, including Greenwood Lake Village Hall & Greenwood Lake Library Parking Lot; and Ulster County Offices in Kingston

Restoring the Hudson River Estuary

New Paltz Campus & Village Green Infrastructure Plan

Using Vacant Land to Manage Stormwater: Planning & Implementation Strategies

Stormwater & Wastewater Infrastructure Planning in the City of Newburgh

Financing Options for Managing Stormwater Infrastructure in New York

Panel: Linking Green Infrastructure, Complete Streets & Community Health

Green Infrastructre Planning in the Quassaick Creek Watershed

Resources for Green Infrastructure Planning and Implementation

 

 

 



            

 

Have questions about Green Infrastructure for Water Quality & Neighborhood Revitalization? Contact Hudson Valley Regional Council

When & Where


1 Washington Center
Newburgh, 12550

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


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