Helping communities become climate resilient

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The Hudson River Estuary Program, in partnership with WRI, provides multiple opportunities for communities to receive assistance in improving their climate resilience by supporting our natural life support systems, like floodplains, forests and wetlands, in the valley. Please visit their webpage to learn more.

Community members mapping flood experiences at Kingston’s Flood Resilience Task Force kick-off meeting (Poughkeepsie Journal)

Waterfront resilience task forces

The Estuary Program has supported four municipal Waterfront Resilience Task Forces to study flood risk and solutions for their communities. Diverse stakeholders complete an in-depth study of their changing risks, local planning, flood adaptation strategies, and economic impacts in order to make detailed recommendations to their community. You can learn more about this process at the Estuary Program’s webpage on Climate Resiliency Case Studies. You can read the final reports and recommendations online (PDF) from all four Task Force communities: Kingston, Piermont, Catskill, and Stony Point.

The Resiliency Project watersheds (in blue) and the Hudson River Estuary Watershed (in gray). A watershed is the entire land area that drains to a waterbody (CCE Dutchess County)

Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project

This educational project focuses on climate change and watershed resiliency in the Hudson River estuary watershed. Our partners at Cornell Cooperative Extension are working directly with municipal staff and landowners to understand and improve our ability to prevent and respond to flooding. For events and more information on this project, please visit their website.

Additional support

The Climate Change program provides the latest information on climate projections and support programs. Please visit our page on Resources for Building Resilience next. We also work directly with communities to provide climate summaries that can be used in a variety of planning processes, and bring in Cornell Landscape Architecture students to provide inspirational climate-adaptive design concepts.

Next page: Resources for Building Resilience

Coming up: Climate-Adaptive Design