Weathering the Storm: A Roundtable Discussion on Flood Mitigation and Resilience in Orange County

Thursday, March 3, 2022 6-8 pm.

Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County and the Orange County Land Trust.

Greater amounts of rainfall in shorter periods of time between prolonged dry periods have made flooding in Orange County all the more common. This panel discussion will cover the challenges that Orange County communities face and how we can better equip municipalities, farmers, and the business community with the tools they need to adapt.

Topics for discussion include: A summary of flood data and projections, the role of conservation and stewardship of land, soil, and water, promoting resilience in municipal planning and zoning, state and federal grant programs, and more.


• Alan Sorensen, Commissioner, Orange County Department of Planning.
• Alex Wolf, Conservation Scientist, Scenic Hudson.
• Alison Branco, Ph.D., Acting Director of Climate Adaptation, The Nature Conservancy.
• Duane Martinez, Project Manager- River Cities, Scenic Hudson.
• Erik Schellenberg, Commercial Horticulture and Natural Resources. Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County.
• Greg DeBuck, President, DeBuck’s Sod Farm.
• Jennifer Clifford, Climate Resilient Farming Program Manager, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets.
• Jeremy Schneider, Outreach and Programs Coordinator, Orange County Land Trust.
• Kevin Sumner, District Manager, Orange County Soil & Water Conservation District.
• Louis J. Ingrassia, Jr., Commissioner, Town of Wallkill Department of Public Works.
• Lyndsey Cooper, Climate Outreach Specialist, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
• Maire Ullrich, Agriculture Program Leader, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County.
• Meme Hanley, New York Senior Program Manager, Land Trust Alliance.

Registration is free. Register now, click here.