Resiliency is the ability to plan for, withstand and recover from severe events -- without suffering permanent loss of functions, devastating damage, diminished productivity or decreased quality of life. Resilient watersheds are better able to respond and recover from extreme weather. Did you know that losing 10% of forest cover to impervious surface can double runoff and increase flood frequency as much as 23%?
In Columbia and Greene Counties, we live in close proximity to streams and rivers. Much of our infrastructure is vulnerable to flood damage. Extreme precipitation events are increasing the likelihood of flooding. Conducting a vulnerability assessment will help to understand your risks so that you can begin the remediation process of priority issues.
Resilient watershed management involves:
Visit our list of links to find information on how to rebuild your stream following a flooding event, and on the advantages of creating riparian buffers.
Last updated October 20, 2020