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´╗┐Hudson's Conservation Advisory Council Releases Natural Resources and Open Space Inventory

After four years, two state grants, and hundreds of hours of volunteer effort, the Hudson Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) presented the city's first natural resource and open space inventory to the Common Council at its meeting on Monday, May 13, 7 p.m., at City Hall, 520 Warren Street.

The inventory is a 56-page magazine-style report, including 14 specially created maps and a text explaining them. It provides a broad overview of natural and urban conditions within the city. The report is available free in printed form at City Hall and the Hudson Area Library, and online at the CAC's web page.

The inventory establishes a baseline of information essential to ensuring the health and well-being of Hudson's citizens, civic spaces and natural resources. The new maps show, for example, projections of future sea-level rise and waterfront flooding; the source of the city's drinking water; the presence of rare and endangered species; and where the city has — and lacks —  street trees.

The maps and analysis are as accurate as possible, given currently available data and the CAC’s limited resources. However, natural and urban conditions are always evolving. The inventory is offered as a snapshot in time, and the CAC intends that it be updated periodically. It is descriptive, rather than prescriptive — not a planning document itself, but a body of knowledge to be incorporated into planning documents and decisions. It does not answer all questions about the city's natural resources, address political controversies, or initiate any enforcement action.  But it does highlight important challenges Hudson faces. It identifies problems needing further study, and suggests possible actions to address them.

The CAC was established in 2015 to provide Hudson's governmental bodies and citizens with objective information about environmental concerns. There are currently several open seats; interested volunteers should contact Common Council President Tom DePietro.