The regional trend toward frequent, intense rain events in a short period of time is likely to continue. The results are recurring flooding and erosion issues for communities, which increases financial burden on the municipal budget. To help communities prepare for these risks, Syracuse EFC and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County led a half day Long-Term Flood Resiliency Workshop in Ithaca at The Space on April 16. In total, eighty-two people-including municipal officials, highway personnel, planners, and engaged community members-participated in the event.
Notably, Finger Lakes Economic Development Center CEO Steve Griffin discussed the flooding event in Penn Yan last year, including lessons learned and strategies moving forward. Sessions also focused on maintaining water utilities, asset management, and stormwater infrastructure. Attendees participated in roundtable discussions on their biggest challenges, flooding stories, and goals in small groups, then shared these items with the larger group. Notes from the workshop and videos of each presentation will be made available on request.