The Kingston Tidal Waterfront Flooding Task Force is proud to present:
This document describes the recommendations of the Task Force,
which convened from December 2012 through August 2013.
Full documentation of the process can be found in the Key Resources below.
Flooding Task Force Key Resources
Documents and information that contributed to development of the recommendations.
1. Sea-Level Rise and Flood Zone Project Maps
2. Asset Map and List of Important Assets
3. Department of State Coastal Risk Assessment Results (Supporting documentation on how the risk assessment was carried out.)
Description of procedures used for risk assessment
Risk assessment for current conditions
Risk assessment for future conditions with 3 feet of sea level rise
4. Waterfront Visioning: Results and Visualizations
5. Climate Smart Planning: Summary and Assessment
6. COAST Analysis: Final Report and Final Presentation with Maps
7. Presentations and materials from Task Force meetings (scroll down below for full posting)
A public meeting was hosted at City Hall on Tuesday January 14th, 6:15-8:00pm,
Common Council Chambers, City Hall.
More information about this event
Community Involvement Opportunities
*On November 12, 2013, the City of Kingston Common Council passed Resolution #200 of 2013,
Adopting the Final Report of the Flooding Task Force.*
Press in the Daily Freeman covering the vote
The City also adopted the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan,
a recommendation of the report.
The Mayor held a press conference on Monday November 18th at 1:00pm
at City Hall's Council Chambers for this Report.
Event Press Release
Gallo explains flooding task force report, implications ~ Mid-Hudson News.com, November 19, 2013
On Wednesday December 4th, in direct response to Recommendation #16 of the Final Report
(16. Work with FEMA to inform community members about the Community Rating System, flood
insurance changes, flood hazard overlay districts and resilient rebuilding approaches. Provide
public informational events as necessary), an informational presentation of FEMA's National
Flood Insurance Program took place at City Hall.
Updates to the FEMA National Flood Insurance Program
When: Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: 420 Broadway Kingston City Hall Common Council Chambers
Learn more about the changes to the National Flood Insurance Program and how it might affect you, as well as the benefits of the Community Rating System
and how your community could begin to save money on flood insurance premiums.
Guest speaker Bill Nechamen from the NYS DEC Floodplain Management Section will present on updates to the FEMA National Flood Insurance Program
(NFIP) and will discuss the benefits of the Community Rating System (CRS), which works to reduce flood insurance premiums for enrolled communities
whose efforts go beyond the minimum standards set by the NFIP.
This seminar, being offered in partnership with the Kingston Waterfront Flooding Task Force, will also feature a presentation of that group’s findings and
This event is specifically for Ulster County floodplain residential and commercial properties owners, insurance and real estate agents, municipal
officials and local floodplain administrators, but other community members are welcome to attend.
~Daily Freeman, September 17, 2013
The 7th meeting of the Flooding Task Force was held on
July 16th, 2013
The Art Society of Kingston
2012 Changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and an Overview of the Benefits of the Community Rating System (CRS)
Presentation by: Bill Nechamen, CFM, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Floodplain Management Section
This seminar is being offered twice in two separate locations. Register for both at: http://floodseries1.eventbrite.com/
When: July 17th, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where: East Fishkill Town Hall
330 Route 306
Hopewell Junction, NY
When: July 25th, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Greene County Emergency
25 Volunteer Drive
Learn how this new legislation will affect you, your home, your business, and your community…
Bill Nechamen, CFM, of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Floodplain Management Section will:
--Provide an overview of the changes to the NFIP;
--Showcase the impacts these changes have on community participation and landowners;
--Discuss the benefits of the NFIP’s Community Rating System (CRS) - which works to reduce flood insurance premiums for enrolled communities whose efforts go beyond the minimum standards set by the NFIP.
This event is open to the public but will be focused on information relevant to a municipal audience.
Certificates of attendance for municipal training credit will be provided.
Register at http://floodseries1.eventbrite.com/, or call (845)677-8223, ext. 114 for the event in Dutchess County on the 17th, or call (518) 622-9820, ext. 33 for the event in Greene County on the 25th.
For more information regarding the Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project and other presentations in this seminar series, visit: www.hudsonestuaryresilence.net.
The 6th Meeting of the Flooding Task Force was held on
June 18, 2013
3:00- 6:00 PM
Riverview Missionary Baptist Church, 240 Catherine Street, Kingston, NY
The 5th meeting of the Flooding Task Force was held on
Tuesday May 21st, 3:00-6:00pm
New Central Baptist Church
229 East Strand Street, Kingston 12401
Meeting Four was held on Tuesday April 23
Kingston City Hall, Common Council Chambers
Drawings and images were developed in part by a subcommittee of the Task Force that met on April 5. The maps depict approaches to adapting eleven different segments of the waterfront to future flooding. They are intended to be visions of the waterfront in the future that might make sense for Kingston, and are general ideas that would need gradual policy change and other action over time. While the Task Force has looked at risk assessments of what is at risk now and what will be at risk in the future (10 years, 50 years, etc...), the strategies depicted in these images is a way for the community to articulate a positive vision for the future.
Potential Adaptation Strategies for Kingston's Waterfront
Kingston was discussed in the COAST presentation on a webinar on March 19th.
Community Engagement on Climate Response Decisions – The COAST Model
To see the archived webinar, you have to register.
On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, from 2:00-6:00 pm,
the Kingston Flooding Task Force hosted it's third meeting.
Meeting Location: Riverview Missionary Baptist Church, 240 Catherine Street, Kingston, NY.
~Kingston Daily Freeman, March 17, 2013
Task Force Members were asked to read the following articles prior to the meeting to receive an introduction to climate change adaptation (preparedness) planning and begin getting comfortable with the terminology and concepts.
On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, from 3:00-6:00pm,
the Kingston Flooding Task Force hosted it's second meeting.
Meeting Location: Steelhouse Restaurant, 88 East Strand, Kingston, NY.
Mark Lowery's presentation on Sea Level Rise
Barry Pendergrass' presentation on Coastal Reconstruction and Resilience Planning
2 page summary of COAST (Coastal Adaptation to Sea Level Rise Tool)
This is one of the modeling tools that we will be using as part of the process.
Includes: Info on COAST,
Water front planning guidebooks,
Climate Action Plans,
New York Climate Change Reports and Resources
Kingston Flooding Task Force Kick-Off Meeting
The Kingston Community, along with Mayor Shayne Gallo, met at City Hall on December 6, 2012, to discuss the challenges Kingston faces from waterfront flooding and sea level rise in the Rondout-Hudson. After Hurricane Sandy, it has been especially important for us to start to address these challenges proactively. This timely meeting marked the initial gathering of the Kingston Waterfront Flooding Task Force, who will consider what aspects of our waterfront are most vulnerable and what the community might do to protect them in the future.
Find details about the meeting’s agenda here as well as a summary of the meeting's proceedings here.
This kick off meeting provided an overview of the work of the task force and how it will fit with ongoing efforts in Kingston such as the Comprehensive Plan revision, Climate Action Plan, Rondout flooding study and tidal Rondout watershed planning. The task force's goals will be to assess local risks and generate strategies that will help create a more vibrant, secure and prosperous waterfront in coming decades.
Find a complete list of the Task Force members here.
In addition to a strong community response and participation, this meeting was also robust with information sharing.
Find pdf’s of the presentations here:
Kristin Marcell’s Presentation on Resilience
Emilie Hauser’s Presentation on Vulnerability
Sacha Spector’s Presentations on Kingston Historical Flooding, on Coastal Hazards, and on Prior Mapping
Jim Noble’s Presentation on Kingston Initiatives relevant to the waterfront
Results from the Mapping Exercise
For press coverage before and after the event, see the following:
- Kingston task force will focus on minimizing Rondout Creek flooding (with video link) ~Kingston Daily Freeman, Sunday December 2, 2012
- Kingston discusses threat of floods (photo) ~Times Herald Record, Friday December 7, 2012
- Kingston flooding task force holds waterfront conference (with photo) ~Kingston Daily Freeman, Friday December 7, 2012
- Article, page 8 & 9, by Lynn Woods ~Kingston Times, December 20, 2012
- Scenic Hudson gets $100K for flood control efforts in Kingston, other waterfront communities ~Kingston Daily Freeman, Thursday, January 31, 2013
Event Press Release
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