Mianus River Gorge presents: Your Land and Our Water

mianusTreesFULLOur natural surroundings are more than just beautiful. Natural processes protect water quality and manage storm water. Learn how trees influence water quality and what you can do on your property to promote the establishment of the ‘new exurban forest’. The EPA is encouraging the use of natural processes and Green Infrastructure to help manage urban stormwater. More cities are entertaining the thought of using their natural resources to help reduce runoff and improve water quality.

itreeFew hydrological models take into account the effect of trees and shrubs on the quantity and quality of stormwater runoff that enters our streams, lakes, and reservoirs. The i-Tree Hydro model (http://itreetools.org/hydro/index.php) is a free and publicly available model that simulates the effects of vegetation and “greenspace” on water quality and flow. It was designed specifically to assist urban natural resource managers and planners in measuring the impacts of changes in land use and tree cover on local water quality and quantity, and to allow citizens to learn more about the local water cycle.

Join MRG Research Graduate Assistant and Ph.D. candidate Emily Stephan to learn how our local trees and land management decisions influence water quantity and quality. Be among the first to use the i-Tree Hydro software to see how communities like ours can enhance environmental services via land cover planning and management. This workshop is part of a town-wide Arbor Day celebration and presented by the Pound Ridge Conservation Board and Mianus River Gorge, partners in the Hudson to Housatonic Sustaining Family Forests Initiative.

Session 1: 3-5 p.m. Focus Area: Mianus River Watershed

Session 2: 6-8 p.m. Focus Area: Croton Watershed

Pound Ridge Town House, 179 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge, N.Y.

Space is limited and participants will need to bring a laptop.  To RSVP and upload software,
contact Emily Stephan at [email protected].

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