The Town of North East Water Resources map shows delicate ecosystems protected by the state Department of Environmental Conservation: rivers, streams, ponds, lakes, and wetlands. Expanded outlines reveal areas that are vulnerable to flooding in extreme weather. Called a 100-year floodplain, these “rare” events are occurring more frequently due to climate change. The map also shows the areas where groundwater recharges the aquifers that are the source of the well water we all depend on. Protecting all these waters from chemicals and pollutants preserves the health of plants, animals, and humans. The flood map is available here.
A full size map is available in the Comp Plan Reference Appendix.
Parcel Access, another Dutchess County resource, has maps that show an additional level of detail: a 50-year floodplain. These areas are, of course, more prone to future flooding. Start here.