CLC sponsors education and training programs on land use topics for municipal officials, volunteer boards, and community groups. These sessions are designed to equip communities with the information and skills needed to review, revise, and apply land use regulations and practices.
These trainings offer a way for members of local planning boards to meet their requirements for training. Past topics have ranged from how to incorporate biodiversity in land use planning decisions to presentations on groundwater, stormwater management, and green infrastructure.
Creating a Natural Resources Inventory
September 21, 2015
Location to be determined
Thursday, May 21, 2015: ‘Introduction to Conservation Advisory Councils’
This workshop explained what conservation advisory councils are, how to start one, their responsibilities under New York State law, and some of the key elements of effective councils. Representatives from three CACs gave examples of their work.
Thursday, April 30th, 2015: ‘Streams 101′
This training covered how streams naturally flow on the land, how streams respond to disturbance, and the problems that can arise in streams, especially during flood events. The presentations included case studies and useful planning tools and resources to assist municipalities in adapting and becoming more resilient to future flood events.
Links to Resources for Municipalities from ‘Streams 101′:
Dutchess County recommendations for stream and flood management:
Recommendations for Stream & Flood Management in Dutchess County.pdf
Flood Preparedness and Response, A Guide for Municipalities, produced by the Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts.
List of examples, with details, of municipal floodplain protection and flood prevention strategies, from Pace University:
Municipal Initiatives Flood Prevention Floodplain Protection.pdf
The Hudson Estuary Resilience Project provides helpful links to information about the National Flood Insurance Program.
A list of state and federal funding sources for flood prevention planning, mitigation, and response, prepared by the Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project:
Financing Flood Resilience. State and federal resources for communities.pdf