Across the watershed, communities are experiencing climate hazards including localized flooding, intense drought, Harmful Algal Blooms, beach closures, wildfires, and other impacts on water resources. To further community understanding of climate change, its impacts, and how we can prepare for it, our Annual Watershed Conference theme is Climate Change Impacts on Water in the Hudson Valley.
This year, Hudson River Watershed Alliance is using a hybrid model for the conference, taking advantage of the respective strengths of both virtual and in-person programs. The first day’s webinar will share key context on climate projections and risks, providing a foundation for the conversations on adaptation strategies at the in-person sessions. The virtual session brings together scientists and experts that otherwise would have had to travel, using a format that is easy to record and reference in the future. Both in-person sessions feature local case studies and strategies from the Hudson River watershed, and will prioritize networking and conversation.
The Annual Watershed Conference schedule includes:
– Monday, October 24 from 1-3:30 PM: a virtual session to share climate change projections and other context-setting information.
– Tuesday, October 25 from 9 AM – 12:30 PM: an in-person session at the Henry A. Wallace Center, FDR Presidential Library & Museum in Hyde Park, NY to discuss climate change adaptation strategies and share case studies.
– Wednesday, October 26 from 1-4 PM: an in-person session at the Hudson River Maritime Museum Barn in Kingston, NY focused on flooding issues faced by municipalities along the Hudson River. This session will be facilitated by River Network, and will inform the Hudson River Flood Resilience Network’s strategic roadmap.