‘Water flowing by'

| 30 Sep 2011 | 08:27

    Seminar on water protection and planning TUXEDO — The Orange County Municipal Planning Federation and the Orange County Planning Department will be sponsoring “Water Flowing By,” a discussion of the nature of water, designed for elected officials, municipal board members, community leaders, activists, educators and planning professionals on Sept. 17 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Sterling Forest Visitor’s Center at 116 Old Forge Road in Tuxedo, The workshop’s goal is to draw attention to water, to invigorate enthusiasm for water protection among professionals, and to encourage planning for water resources across political boundaries. Laurie Seeman, director of Strawtown Art & Garden Studio, will use hands-on scientific observation and art experimentation to demonstrate the importance of using green infrastructure to better preserve water. The preservation of water resources through green design has gained the attention of the NYSDEC which has issued draft changes to its Stormwater Management Design Manual. These changes include the use of undisturbed areas, vegetated buffers, reduced clearing and grading, avoiding sensitive areas, reduced impervious areas, and soil restoration to reduce runoff. Seeman will guide participants through water drop, vortex and meander experiments, allowing close observation of the key generative forces of the hydrological cycle. Ed Helbig, conservation education coordinator for the Orange County Water Authority, will present a snapshot of the county’s water resources. Matt Shook, assistant director of the Highlands Environmental Research Institute, will discuss the hydrologic systems of the Highlands in order to give a broader context for Orange County officials and citizens. The cost is $40 a person ($30 for OCMPF members), which includes breakfast and lunch. The workshop will be worth two credits of continuing education for planning and zoning board members. Call 615-3853 or e-mail to alanigan@orangecountygov.com for more information.