Flood Advisory Committee
The Town of Olive is subject to flooding that can damage property, close businesses, disrupt traffic, and present a public health and safety hazard. Recognizing the need for a town wide Flood Mitigation Plan the Town Board by Resolution #8 of 2014 established the Olive Flood Advisory Committee (FAC). The committee is an advisory body to the Town of Olive Town Board to produce a Flood Mitigation Plan and to recommend priority strategies and actions for the town. The FAC is comprised of Olive residents along with the Town Supervisor and multiple representatives from the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program–who is the facilitator and funding source for Olive’s flood mitigation process.
The Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program is comprised of Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County, and New York City Department of Environmental Protection. The three agencies work collaboratively to improve stream stability and reduce erosion threats to water quality and infrastructure, mitigate potential damage from flooding, and educate and inform communities about stream stewardship.
Several federal programs require that the Town has an adopted flood mitigation plan in order to qualify for benefits. One being, application and participation in FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS). Participating in the CRS provides an incentive to maintaining and improving our flood plain management program. Depending on the level of participation, flood insurance premium rates for policy holders can be reduced up to 45%.
It is important that Town of Olive residents be involved in the development process of planning and implementing our Flood Mitigation Plan.