Flood Awareness Outreach

Worksite Location
CCE Dutchess County
Faculty Sponsor
Todd Walter, Professor, Biological and Environmental Engineering
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Jeff Luoma, Environment and Energy Program Leader, CCE Dutchess County; Carolyn Klocker, Senior Resource Educator
Stipend Amount
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

CCE Dutchess County is continuing efforts spanning eight years of providing outreach to municipalities and residents of Dutchess County on flood and stream management, awareness and how water management integrates into Greenway concepts (green infrastructure, regulations, efforts toward sustainable systems). We anticipate continuing these efforts in the summer of 2016, including outreach to explain new anticipated flood rate curves to organizations and agencies throughout New York state.

Roles and Responsibilities

The intern will be working with staff to create outreach content to explain environmental water-related concepts to specific audiences such as planners, municipal officials, or landowners near water bodies. This may include: creating presentations and videos explaining Climate Smart Community concepts, research on local water issues, creating displays and offering education for the Dutchess County Fair, education and mentoring for area teenagers through our “No Child Left Behind” program, web research and email/ phone outreach to organizations and media throughout New York state to disseminate information, or information presented to road crews around the county. We may also have the opportunity to practice and teach culvert and bridge assessment through the Hudson River Estuary Program protocols. Though there will be close teamwork involved, sometimes projects require periods of self-direction and autonomy.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Must be a full-time CALS freshman, sophomore or junior. Graduating seniors are not eligible.

• Water issues, Policy/Planning
• Initial courses in Environmental Issues, degree trajectory toward related subject matter
• Basic proficiency with Microsoft Suite (Excel, MS Word, PowerPoint)
• Great team player and capable of self-direction
• Tactful and able to represent potentially emotional environmental content with composure
• Web research capacity

Additional skills welcomed include: GIS experience, Youth/Teenager education experience, Camtasia experience, Design/layout

Benefits and Skills

1) Greater understanding of: social assessments and conditions surrounding environmental issues; public opinion surrounding environmental issues; the concept of extension and non-profits throughout New York State; water-related environmental issues – particularly for the Hudson River region
2) Experience creating policy/planning outreach materials for specific audiences
3) Involvement/experience in long/large-scale planning through strategy discussions