It’s encouraging to see the Fall schedule filling up with in-person networking events and conferences. Let’s hope they all hold. At GroundPoint, we joke that “we were working remotely before working remotely was cool”. But that’s all starting to get…well…old. I think everyone is looking forward to the opportunity to see colleagues, attend training and vendor sessions, and generally reconnect over something other than Zoom.
This Fall GroundPoint will be heading to the regional Southeast NY Stormwater Conference as well as the North Country Stormwater Conference and the Annual Conference of the New Jersey Association of Floodplain Managers. We’ll be rounding out the calendar year supporting fellow veteran entrepreneurs at the NY VETCON in Albany, and the New Year will bring with it excitement around the 2022 Annual New York State Surveyors Conference in January. We will be contributing to the professional development offerings there, talking about one of our perennially favorite topics: Data Accuracy.
I also wanted to share two examples of recent projects where GroundPoint has been chosen as a key SDVOB subcontract partner here in New York. They include supporting local drinking water protection efforts across the State, and separately supporting coastal resiliency planning along the Great Lakes shoreline.
Drinking Water Protection
Led by Chazen, (now, a Labella Company) this statewide project supports local communities in developing plans to protect drinking water resources, whether it’s rural wells and springs, or urban municipal well fields. Projects across New York State range from small public water supplies (less than 1000 people) to the largest townships in NY with populations rivaling the States of VT and WY. The project is, in part, focused on advanced modeling of hydrogeologic recharge areas, and the surface risks posed to infiltration. GroundPoint’s role is supporting overall mapping and delineating detailed watershed boundaries that contribute to critical ground water recharge zones.
Great Lakes Shoreline Protection
Led by Bergmann Associates, this part of the larger CLEAR initiative is focused on the City of Rochester and the adjacent coastal towns in Monroe County. The intent of the project is to develop “regional strategies and recommend local actions such as updated zoning, installation of green infrastructure…and the development of actions that will increase the resiliency of lakeshore communities.” Coming close on the heels of the State’s REDI Initiative which provided project funding primarily for strengthening public infrastructure and reducing flood exposure, the Monroe County CLEAR project is identifying additional local priorities for Economic Development, Housing, Natural Resources, Infrastructure, Social Services and Community Planning.