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Understanding Our Changing Environment

Thursday, May 17th
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Woodstock Elementary School
8 West Hurley Road, Woodstock NY

Session I - Waters

A Series Exploring Climate Change Impacts and Solutions on a Local Level

Woodstock Land Conservancy will host Understanding our Changing Environment: a series exploring climate change impacts and solutions on a local level.  These talks will bring together local experts to explore the impacts of Climate Change on our ecosystems and offering solutions for response at the local level.

The first in the series will focus on aquatic ecosystems and will be held Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m at the Woodstock Elementary School.  Topics will include how changes in the climate have impacted both the physical and biological makeup of our aquatic resources and the ways in which we can address these issues on a local and regional level.  Featured speakers include: Elizabeth A. Reichheld, Section Chief, NYC Environmental Protection Bureau of Water Supply, Watershed Protection Programs, Stream Management Program. She will discuss NYC DEP’s Stream Management Program working with county soil and water conservation districts to restore the physical forms of streams, to solve local erosion and flooding problems which are expected to worsen with climate change, and local community planning to identify the projects that will help flood resiliency.  Michael E. Spada, Aquatic Ecologist, NYC Environmental Protection Bureau of Water Supply, Ecological Research and Assessment has over 20 years experience studying the biological resources found in New York State’s freshwater systems. He will be discussing the biology of our freshwater systems and how changes in aquatic environments caused by a changing climate impacts the ecological diversity and structure of these systems.  Kristin Marcell, Climate Resilience Project Coordinator for the Hudson River Estuary Program with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation will talk about actions we can take on a local level to help mitigate the impacts climate change is having on our local water resources. The evening’s event will be moderated by Amanda LaValle, Coordinator, Ulster County Department of the Environment.

There will be program information available from the NYSDEC’s Trees for Tribs Program (encouraging streamside plantings to stabilize stream banks), Ulster County Department of the Environment, NYCDEP and the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program among others.  

This program is free and open to the public, and has been made possible through a NYS Conservation Partnership Program grant, a public-private partnership between NYS DEC and the NYS chapter of the Land Trust Alliance funded by the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.