Three Free Webinars on Watershed Management

The Syracuse Environmental Finance Center is hosting "Rural Water Resiliency: Infrastructure and Watershed Management, Regulatory Environment, and Financial Preparedness" a free spring webinar series.

Webinar 1

Rural Water Resiliency through Watershed and Roadway-Stream Intersection Management

Thursday, April 21st, 1pm-2pm EDT

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.

Presenter: Rebecca Schneider - Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University

Webinar 2

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

Thursday, May 12th, 1pm-2pm EDT

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.


Terresa Bakner - Partner, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP

Barbara B. Beall, PWS - Director of Natural Resource Services, The Chazen Companies

Webinar 3

Financing Resilient Communities

Thursday, May 26th, 1pm-2pm EDT

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.


Jen Cotting - Research Associate, Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland 

Khris Dodson - Associate Director, Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center

The Syracuse Environmental Finance Center's annual Local Leaders Conference is also coming up on April 26-28. For anyone who is interested, the draft agenda is available on their website and the program includes stormwater related sessions, as well as disaster mitigation sessions focused on flooding. The target audience is supervisors and mayors, council/board members, clerks, engineers, and other interested community leaders.