Helping communities become climate resilient

Helping communities become more climate resilient

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 flooding task forces

The Estuary Program has supported four municipal Waterfront Flooding Task Forces to study flood risk and solutions for their communities. Diverse stakeholders complete an in-depth study of risk maps, 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 also download our fact sheet (PDF) on Financing Waterfront Resilience and visit the DEC's webpage on Green Infrastructure Funding Sources that includes state and federal funding resources for communities. 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.

Next page: Climate Adaptive Design

Coming up: Research on resiliency strategies