Planning for Floodplain Resiliency:A Community Roundtable

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Monday, April 15, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Crowne Plaza Hotel – Montebello room I/II, Suffern, NY/Rockland

Event Type: Conference

Join the APA NY Metro Chapter at the New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association 2019 Annual Conference for a discussion about resiliency.  The discussion will cover upstate, downstate, rural, urban, science, engineering, planning, floodplain management, private sector, public sector…the nexus…resiliency.

The Panel:

David Kvinge, AICP, RLA, CFM

As Director of Environmental Planning for Westchester County, Mr. Kvinge is involved in the development and implementation of the County’s programs to protect and manage natural resources. Major programs include watershed planning, habitat restoration, stormwater management, hazard mitigation planning and flood mitigation. Additional program areas include the work program of the County Soil and Water Conservation District, which the Department staffs, and other areas such as open space and agricultural protection. The Department develops information for use by local municipalities, the professional community and the general public. Stormwater programs focus on retrofitting existing properties with stormwater best management practices, incorporating BMPs into capital projects and coordinating the County’s Stormwater Committee, which is responsible for the development and implementation of the County Stormwater Management Plan and County Executive Orders concerning stormwater pollution. The department works closely with state and federal agencies in areas of hazard mitigation planning, stormwater management and natural resource protection.

Mr. Kvinge has 30 years of experience working in the private sector, local government, and regional agencies primarily on physical planning and environmental regulatory issues. Prior to joining Westchester County, he focused on water supply and stormwater management with an environmental engineering firm in New England and worked with a municipal planning consulting firm throughout Westchester County, Nassau County and the lower Hudson River Valley. His experience also includes the preparation of development plans, master plans, and regional plans; landscape architecture, including planting plans, restoration plans, and roadway and drainage design; GIS analysis; and land surveying. He is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners and a licensed landscape architect in the state of Connecticut. He is also a Certified Floodplain Manager from the Association of State Floodplain

 Kristin Marcell, MA, NYS DEC, HRE, Climate Resilience Project Coordinator

Kristin coordinates regional efforts to plan for and address the effects of climate change for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell Water Resources Institute. The Estuary Program is a regional partnership to restore and conserve the Hudson River and its watershed. Kristin’s work is currently focused in two areas: (1) helping riverfront communities plan, design and implement projects that increase their resilience to flooding, heat and drought and (2) developing state policy and guidance to support consideration of nature-based solutions in project design.

She’s worked with Hudson Valley partners to help riverfront communities complete vulnerability assessments and implement resilience plans including projects to reimagine waterfront development, consider strategic retreat, improve emergency communication, assess water infrastructure and update local policies. She was lead author of the NYS Sea Level Rise Task Force report and co-developed the NYS Climate Smart Communities Program. Kristin has a M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University and a B.A. in Biology from Clark University.

 Jane Nicholson, AICP, CFM

An Urban + Natural Resources Planner within the Municipal Water division of OBG, Part of Ramboll, in Syracuse, New York. Ms. Nicholson has a diverse background in urban planning and design, public administration, and natural resources management, with expertise in local and state-wide planning, zoning, environmental permitting and regulatory compliance, site design, community engagement, and grant administration.

Her current projects are focused on integrating best planning practices with engineering techniques to solve complex and challenging, multi-sector projects related to green infrastructure, urban stormwater, and floodplain management.

Ms. Nicholson received her Bachelor’s in geography and international relations from Syracuse University; Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of Virginia, a Master’s in Natural Resources Management from the SUNY ESF, and a Master’s of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Ms. Nicholson is a native of Cazenovia, NY, where she is actively involved in the community; serving her first term on the ESF Foundation Board of Directors, and second term on the Village of Cazenovia Zoning Board of Appeals.

Russell Urban- Mead – AIPG, PE, QEP

As a consulting Environmental Scientist and Senior Hydrogeologist at The Chazen Companies, Mr. Urban-Mead oversees watercourse projects, installation and testing of groundwater wells in bedrock and glacial geologic settings, remediation of urban center and commercial properties under NYS or NYC Brownfield programs, and manages regional aquifer management and monitoring programs. His current assignments include a watershed-scale flood management study of Rensselaer County’s Poesten Kill watershed, examination of dam removal and low-head hydroelectric energy and natural resource opportunities, and numerous active water supply and site remediation projects. Mr. Urban-Mead is a Principal at the Chazen Companies, serving as Vice President for Environmental Services responsible for direction of Chazen’s wetland, wildlife, remediation, property due diligence, brownfields, remediation, and sustainable futures programs. Mr. Urban-Mead works closely with engineers, surveyors, and planners across the Chazen Companies’ seven offices, and is a licensed Professional Geologist in New York State, an AIPG Certified Professional Geologist, and a NYS Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP).

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