FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Risk MAP Success Story: New York Catskills Watersheds - Partnerships and Products for More Resilient Communities   [open pdf - 55KB]

"Since early 2011, FEMA has been working closely with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), county and local government agencies, and local non-profit organizations to identify, assess, and reduce flood risk in six watersheds west of the Hudson River in New York State. These organizations are led by a steering committee made up of representatives who meet with local stakeholders on a quarterly basis to: 1.) Provide technical and program training; 2.) Answer questions from communities and property owners; and 3.) Provide flood risk reduction and Risk MAP project updates. This steering committee serves a vital role in enlisting local stakeholder support and building trust with individuals in all watershed communities. Shortly after the steering committee was formed in 2011, many communities within the six watersheds were devastated by Tropical Storm Irene later that summer. This event fueled a number of mitigation actions across the watersheds and the development of Risk MAP products to support those efforts."

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