Lehigh Valley Greenways

Flooding Brownbag Seminar

Lehigh Valley Greenways - Flooding Brownbag Seminar
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March 22, 2017 - Begins at 12:00 PM

Flooding is a recurring natural phenomenon for which riverside communities need to always be prepared.

Nurture Nature Center is pleased to present a seminar brownbag event on Wednesday March 22nd from 12 – 1:30 pm.
Join us to hear two local experts speak about flooding in our watershed and get your questions answered.
Dr. Dru Germanoski and Dr. David Brandes, Lafayette professors will present followed by a Q&A session.

“Persistent Flood Hazards in the Delaware River Watershed”
This portion of the presentation will describe river hydrology and various mechanisms of flooding in watersheds. The end goal will be to place flood hazards into perspective and set the stage for a discussion of flood frequency analysis.
Dru Germanoski, VanArtsdalen Professor of Geology and Environmental Geoscience and Co-Chair of the programs in Environmental Science and Studies at Lafayette College. His recent research has focused on groundwater surface water interaction in watersheds in eastern Pennsylvania and also in central Nevada.

“Understanding the ‘100-year’ flood on our Changing Planet”
This portion of the presentation will address questions such as what exactly is the “100-year” (actual 1%) flood and how are FEMA floodplain maps developed? We will describe the process by which floods are quantified and mapped, and discuss inherent uncertainties in this process. We will also explore the likely impacts of changing land use and changing precipitation patterns on the 100-yr flood.
David Brandes is Prof of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Lafayette College and is co-Chair of the programs in Environmental Science & Environmental Studies. His recent research in hydrology has focused on the impacts of land development on streamflow regimes, particularly the baseflow portion, and the hydraulics of detention basins.

Free to attend, bring your lunch and questions! Registration encouraged – 610-253-4432 or email