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Lake Ontario Inundation Mapping Tools Available; Tutorial Webinar June 20

Newark, N.Y.; June 6, 2019.  New York Sea Grant, with funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has developed new interactive inundation mapping tools to help property owners along Lake Ontario and its embayments enhance flooding preparedness. The tools are posted at 
https://seagrant.sunysb.edu/articles/r/12972 with a tutorial to assist users. A free, 45-minute training webinar is scheduled for June 20th at 1 p.m.; register at https://cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/250965bd69e1e22e7c24e00bf0acd2b8.

The online mapping tools provide users with a parcel-level view of areas that could experience flooding along Lake Ontario and its embayments based on predetermined water levels and digital elevation data. Wayne and Monroe County stakeholders beta-tested the new tools. The future scenarios used in the mapping tools are not water levels currently projected, but potential lake levels offered for planning purposes only.

"These new mapping tools will allow users to visualize inundation information for individual parcels of interest using the predetermined water levels. That information can be used by individual property owners as well as communities to enhance flood preparedness and planning going forward," said project leader and New York Sea Grant Coastal Community Development Specialist Mary Austerman, Newark, N.Y.

Use of the mapping tools has been designed to assist planning, e.g., location and triage of accessory structures and belongings during high water, to inform community-level preparedness planning, and to help identify areas that warrant in-depth analyses, enhanced flood response, or policy development to enhance flood resilience.

Austerman and Jessica Kuonen, a Coastal Community Development Assistant with New York Sea Grant, are the developers of the Lake Ontario Inundation Map Package and Lake Ontario Inundation WebMap tools. These new mapping tools were developed as part of a larger project creating a Coastal Resiliency Index, due out later this year. A similar mapping tool for Lake Erie is being explored. For more information, contact Mary Austerman, New York Sea Grant, 315-331-8415 x121, mp357@cornell.edu.

For additional information on New York Sea Grant's Great Lakes Coastal Communities extension efforts, visit www.nyseagrant.org/ccd. To learn more about New York Sea Grant Extension as a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, visit www.nyseagrant.org.


Green Infrastructure Guide Wins Award: Principles Universally Apply

Newark, N.Y.; June 4, 2019.  The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has presented a Merit Award of Achievement for Research and Communication to the Green Infrastructure Retrofit Manual for the City of Rochester and Monroe County in New York State. Although the manual was developed for the City of Rochester and Monroe County, the overall guidance is applicable to communities elsewhere.

Green infrastructure is a design strategy that applies a natural systems approach to managing stormwater and creating healthier, more sustainable environments. Adding natural elements to developed areas can help reduce nuisance flooding and enhance property values. The illustrated 189-page, how-to guide and 109-page appendices manual includes information on the pollutant-removal efficiencies of green infrastructure practices, a cost calculator, soil testing protocols, recommended plants, and case studies.

"This project fills an information gap specifically focused on local guidance for green infrastructure retrofits. Stakeholder input sessions focused on designing a manual to help planners, municipal staff, design engineers, and maintenance personnel successfully incorporate green infrastructure practices in retrofit and redevelopment projects locally in New York State," said Mary Austerman, a coastal community development specialist with New York Sea Grant, Newark, N.Y.

Development of the manual was made possible through the Environmental Protection Fund under the New York Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Act through the NY Great Lakes Small Grants Program administered by New York Sea Grant, and the Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A partnership of the City of Rochester; Monroe County; Barton & Loguidice, D.P.A.; the Association of State Floodplain Managers; and New York Sea Grant produced the manual. A multi-disciplinary jury of the Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter of ASLA determined the awards. The NY Upstate Chapter of ASLA entered the manual for judging.

In 2018, the Great Lakes Commission issued a report outlining steps to increase the adoption of green infrastructure in communities across the Great Lakes region. More recently, on May 30, NYSG and local partners: the Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Monroe County teamed with the GLC to hold a Green Infrastructure (GI) Champions workshop in North Chili, N.Y.

The GLC GI Program helps communities overcome physical and institutional barriers to achieve more effective stormwater management by providing communities with tools they typically lack: funding and expertise. To learn more about the program, visit www.glc.org/work/champions.  

The Green Infrastructure Retrofit Manual is available online at http://seagrant.sunysb.edu/articles/r/2147.


LOock 30 Butterfly Trail Volunteers

Jun 6 – Lock 30 Butterfly Trail Volunteers: On Thursday, June 6 at 7:00 PM, Lock 30 Butterfly Nature Trail Volunteers at Books, ETC. Participants meet to plan trail needs and events. This event is free and open to the public at Books, ETC., 78 W Main St., Macedon. For questions, please phone John at 585-474-4116 or email books_etc@yahoo.com.


Healthy Lifestyle!

Jun 4 – Transition Healthy Lifestyle: On Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30 PM, Transition Healthy Lifestyle at Books, ETC. Participants meet to discuss foods, health products and activities that promote healing. Our focus is weight loss. The idea of the discussions is to encourage people to choose the best elements that will keep them healthy and happy. This program is free and open to the public. We will meet at Books, ETC., 78 W Main St., Macedon. If you have any questions, please respond by email books_etc@yahoo.com or phone John Cieslinski at 585-474-4116.


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