Impacts of Increased Precipitation on Connecticut Communities

October 10, 2014

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8:30-9:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast


Introduction (10 min)

Introduction will cover information about the Climate Adaptation Academy, what today’s workshop will cover, housekeeping information and the need for input from participants.


Precipitation Forecasts and what it means for Your Town (50 min)

  • Chet Arnold, Extension Educator, UConn CLEAR It is anticipated that TP-40 will be replaced by a new standard based on current precipitation projections. Chet will describe what this may mean for current municipal infrastructure and potential needs for upgrades.  He will lead a discussion on issues associated with the integration of new infrastructure with old infrastructure.Takeaway: Understanding of what the future holds in terms of current precipitation projections and new stormwater standards and the need to start planning for it now.


Impacts of Increased Precipitation on State and Local Roads (45 min)

  • Stephanie Molden, CT Dept. of TransportationStephanie will review the work that the Connecticut Department of Transportation has done analyzing the impacts of increased precipitation on roadways and culverts.Takeaway: Understanding of how to adapt culverts and roadways so that they are less vulnerable to increased precipitation events.


Break (15 min)


Riverine Flooding (45 min)

  • Jonathan Morrison, Supervisory Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Jon will provide information on USGS’ flood frequency analysis and real-time stream gaging network – what these are and how the data inform municipalities, as well as the USGS new water alert program in Connecticut.

Takeaway: What information and alert systems are available to communities pertaining to river and stream flooding?


Lunch (45 min)

Takeaway: Full stomach


Floodplain Management Policy Issues (30 min)

  • Diane Ifkovic, CT DEEP, and NFIP State Coordinator

Diane will address floodplain management and policy issues as well as floodplain management/compliance with NFIP standards.

Takeaway: What communities need to think about in terms of changes in floodplain policies, regulations, and management. How does NFIP support community efforts in reducing risks and consequences of serious flooding?


Feedback/Discussion of Impacts of Increased Precipitation and Flooding (30 Min)

Discussion of real life impacts, innovative solutions from audience, research needs and questions, what help/resources are available.

Takeaway: Resources and ideas are shared.