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Resources to help you and your community adapt to our changing climate

Adaptation Inspiration video series

Watch our new short video series: Adaptation Inspiration to learn more about Hudson Valley communities taking climate smart action. All videos are now available with English or Spanish captions!

You can also view our entire Hudson Valley Climate Resilience playlist in YouTube.

Funding assistance

There are over 15 state and public grant and loan programs totaling over $170 million to help support projects related to climate resilience in your community. You can visit our Funding climate adaptation and resilience webpage and the NYS DEC green infrastructure funding programs webpage. Many of these programs are lumped into the NYS Consolidated Funding Application which is due on July 30, 2021. If you've missed this year's deadline, now is good time to start preparing for the next round.

New Resources

  • Hudson Dynamic Shorelines. Learn about flood and shoreline resilience by exploring this Storymap covering Land, Water, and People, Big Storms and Rising Waters, Living with Floods, and Best Practices for Managing Shorelines. Created by NYS Sea Grant.

  • The Flood Resilience Handbook for Public Access Sites along the Hudson River. From Troy to Yonkers: The Handbook (PDF) is now available to help owners and managers of public river access sites adapt their facilities to existing and predicted flooding. By planning and implementing resilience strategies and public outreach plans, managers of such sites can reduce their vulnerability and continue to provide access under changing conditions. This handbook serves that effort by providing site owners and managers with guidelines to reduce damage, costs, and other consequences associated with the effects of climate change, and begin planning for resilience.

  • Lead with Listening. A Guidebook for Community Conversations on Climate Migration: This new guidebook is based on interviews with 40+ people with direct experience with climate risk and displacement to offer insights on how to begin conversations about relocation - questions to ask yourself before you approach a community, phrases to use other than "managed retreat,” and actions and activities you can take to open up a conversation with curiosity and care. The guidebook isn’t exhaustive - it’s just the beginning. Every place and person is different, which means there’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach to talking about climate migration. There might be some insights or activities that resonate with you, and others that do not. That’s okay! Take in what is helpful and serves you and your community best, and please let the Climigration Network know what you learn in the process.

Waterfront design principles

To be resilient, waterfront designs should:

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Image by L. Li and X. Wan, 2018 CaD studio
  • Meet the standards for receiving all applicable state and local permits and be justifiable as reasonable and necessary 
  • Consider up-to-date maps and data (see links below for regional climate projections and mappers for flooding and tidal wetland migration, etc.) on current and future projected conditions 
  • Adequately and cost-effectively withstand flood and erosion risk now and over the life of the project 
  • Be cost-effective over the long term given operation, ongoing maintenance and replacement costs 
  • Maintain and add ecological value to the site(s) by conserving or restoring existing natural features and their potential pathways to migrate over time (for example, wetlands moving upland with sea-level rise) 
  • Improve or create water-dependent or water-enhanced uses and/or relocate water independent uses out of risk areas 
  • Aim to improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and mitigate negative impacts like green gentrification
  • Create new opportunities for public access, education and/or interpretation that can be enjoyed throughout the year 
  • Address contaminated soils, brown fields, etc.

Flood alerts

View predicted flooding conditions and sign up for alerts through Stevens Institute of Technology Flood Advisory System.

Picture of people standing around a table looking at designsTechnical assistance

New York State provides communities with a roadmap and funding support to mitigate and adapt to climate change through the Climate Smart Communities program. Communities can also receive up to 50 hours of free, on-demand support through its sister program Clean Energy Communities.

Take action on climate

Get involved with your local government to help your community take climate smart actions (see Technical Assistance section below). Don't know where to start? See if your community has a group working on environmental and sustainability projects, like a Conservation Advisory Commission or call your municipality's main line to ask where to look. You can also download our Climate Summary for Communities to learn about the major climate hazards, risks and opportunities Hudson Valley municipalities face.

Five actions you can take to adapt to climate change

AS AN INDIVIDUAL

  • Plant trees and add shade structures to your yard, particularly over roofs and pavement
  • Explore a mapper (below) to see if your property may be affected by flooding and sea-level rise
  • If you live in a floodplain, have an emergency plan and raise utilities and critical systems to a higher floor in your home
  • Use rain barrels to capture rainwater for watering your garden and lawn
  • Install a battery or generator backup system so you can keep critical appliances running during a storm

AS A COMMUNITY

  • Require better building standards that consider flooding and future sea-level rise in the floodplain
  • Plant trees and add other shade structures in public spaces for cooling
  • Use green infrastructure to manage stormwater in developed areas
  • Implement a water conservation and reuse program
  • Right-size culverts and bridges to enable aquatic species migration and allow adequate flow during flooding events

Five actions you can take to mitigate to climate change:

AS AN INDIVIDUAL

  • Replace your incandescent light bulbs with LEDs
  • Turn your thermostat down 3 degrees in winter
  • Eat less meat and buy local vegetables (or grow your own!)
  • Reduce personal vehicle use with bicycling, walking, carpooling and public transit, buy an electric vehicle with the help of federal and NYS incentives
  • Take fewer trips using air travel

AS A COMMUNITY

  • Conserve natural areas through zoning or other regulations
  • Incentivize use of bicycling, walking, carpooling, public transit and electric vehicles for transportation
  • Upgrade municipal lighting, electricity, HVAC and water systems to new, more efficient technologies
  • Enable community-wide recycling, composting and e-waste collection opportunities
  • Adopt green parking lot standards

Where to go for more information

Next page: Inclusive Planning for Community Resilience

Coming up: Climate-Adaptive Design