The Estuary Program, in partnership with WRI, funds research projects to help communities better understand climate risks and adaptation strategies that maximize ecological benefits.
Natural and nature-based solutions can be applied to shorelines to reduce erosion and flooding while providing co-benefits like habitat creation and carbon storage. The Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines project provides case studies to document the use and benefits of ecologically-enhanced shorelines. The Statewide Shoreline Monitoring Framework provides shoreline managers and decision makers with guidance on the benefits of natural and nature-based shorelines and how these compare with more traditional armored shorelines. Read the full report: Measuring Success: Monitoring Natural and Nature-based Shoreline Features in New York State (PDF). The Estuary Program, with the help of our partners, has also released a Coastal Green Infrastructure Research Plan for New York City.
Coastal Green Infrastructure Research Plan for New York City
The Hudson River Estuary Program and the New York City Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency and Department of City Planning have released a research plan on the use of nature-based features (or coastal green infrastructure) to protect the coastal areas of New York City from erosion and flooding. The plan was developed by ARCADIS and the Steven's Institute of Technology. To learn more, visit our page on Coastal Green Infrastructure. To download the full report: Coastal Green Infrastructure Research Plan for NYC (PDF 1.16 MB). You can also watch a recorded webinar on the project online.
Evaluation of Alternatives for an Offshore Breakwater system for Great Kills Harbor
The DEC Hudson River Estuary Program and the New York City Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency and Department of City Planning have released a study evaluating the use of offshore breakwaters to mitigate wave action and erosion at Great Kills Harbor, on the eastern shore of Staten Island. To learn more, visit our page on Coastal Green Infrastructure. You can also download the final summary report: Great Kills Harbor Breakwater Study Summary Report (PDF 3.29MB), and appendices: Appendix A Summary and Appendices, Appendix B Summary and Appendices, Appendix C and D included in the Final Report, and Appendix E Handout and Presentation.
The Community Risk and Resiliency Act
The Community Risk and Resiliency Act (CRRA) requires state agencies and applicants to consider future physical climate risks, including storm surge, sea-level rise, and flooding, and extreme weather events in certain permitting, funding, and regulatory actions. The state officially adopted sea-level rise projections in February of 2017. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Department of State (DOS) and other agencies are developing guidance to help New York State (NYS) agencies, permit applicants and stakeholders consider the risk of sea-level rise, storm surge, erosion, and flooding in projects and actions. This guidance will also be useful to local governments. The Hudson River Estuary Program is partnering with DOS to develop guidance on the use of natural resilience measures to mitigate risks associated with sea-level rise, storm surge, erosion, and flooding. The use of natural resilience measures to reduce these risks is imperative to protecting our state’s communities and environment. New York has made reducing these risks a priority for the state.