Flood Smart Action Plan - Cohocton River

The Flood Smart Approach

Flood Smart Communities is an innovative program that works with communities across New York State to proactively strategize about flooding concerns. It is based upon the premise that collaboration among different sectors (public officials, non-government organizations, academics, state agencies) is necessary to address flooding challenges. Developed by The Nature Conservancy, Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board, University at Buffalo, and Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council, Flood Smart is not a “one size fits all” approach. Rather, it recognizes that each community has different strengths, needs and challenges. Two critical elements underlying the Flood Smart program are 1) the employment of an evidence-based and collaborative approach to understanding communities, 
and 2) the engagement and empowerment of local officials because they know the needs of their community best.

In 2016, nine communities situated along the Cohocton River committed to working with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board (STC), the Steuben County Planning Department, the Steuben County Office of Emergency Services, and the University at Buffalo (UB) (the “Core Project Team”) to develop a Flood Smart approach to flooding in this region.

Cohocton Watershed Online Map Viewer

Documents




Flood Smart Action Plan - Cohocton RiverOpen File / 13.19 mb
Flood Smart Action Plan - AppendicesOpen File / 7.23 mb
Flooding Problems? Small Solutions with Large ResultsOpen File / 1.96 mb
Description: Brochure with suggestions for managing runoff near where it falls. "The small steps that you take to manage runoff from your property and maintain healthy stream systems will combine with efforts of your neighbors to reduce flooding and erosion damage in your community." (prepared by Upper Susquehanna Conservation Alliance Flood Work Group)
Before Buying or Building: Flood Risk Identification in Steuben CountyOpen File / 14.65 mb
Author: Thigpen, Janet
Description: Brochure provides suggestions to help identify potential flooding issues before buying or building a home.
Guidelines for Managing Debris in Streams and Rivers, Steuben CountyOpen File / 2.83 mb
Author: Thigpen, Janet
Description: Brochure with tips for managing debris in streams without impacting upstream and downstream neighbors. Includes information about permits and sources of technical assistance in Steuben County, New York.
Application and Site Plan Requirements (Microsoft Word)Open File / 16.93 kB
Author: Thigpen, Janet
Description: Checklist of site plan information for applicant to submit to planning board. Microsoft Word version that can be customized for municipality.
Application and Site Plan RequirementsOpen File / 202.86 kB
Author: Thigpen, Janet
Description: Checklist of site plan information for applicant to submit to planning board.
Flood Resilience StrategiesOpen File / 304.94 kB
Author: Thigpen, Janet
Description: List of strategies to prepare for, respond to, and recover from flooding.
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