Catskill Waterfront Resilience Task Force

When Tropical Storms Irene and Lee hit in the late summer of 2011, the Village of Catskill experienced unprecedented flooding and damages driven by stormwater flows in Catskill Creek and storm surge from the Hudson River. Just over a year later, Superstorm Sandy hit the northeast, bringing with it a historic coastal storm surge and additional flooding. 

The intersection of the Village of Catskill's ongoing waterfront revitalization goals and the community’s new appreciation of the risks to the waterfront from flooding and sea level rise highlighted the need for better information about future flood risks as the community works to advance its objectives.

The Catskill Waterfront Resilience Task Force initiative was formally launched in November 2013 to begin the work of creating a safer, more vibrant Catskill waterfront. The Task Force, comprised of municipal and emergency management employees, concerned citizens, and leaders in business and non-governmental organizations, joined with Scenic Hudson, the NY Department of Environmental Conservation and the Consensus Building Institute to develop a waterfront flooding and sea level rise resilience plan. 

The Task Force, with input from the public, has developed a set of 24 recommendations that are detailed in the Task Forces report along with a collection of supporting studies. The recommendations span policy and planning updates, capital investments, municipal operations and infrastructure, and future studies that will better position Catskill to begin taking action and to attract future support for waterfront improvements. As a collection, the recommendations are form a concrete strategy for ensuring a vibrant, secure and prosperous waterfront in coming decades.


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This information was prepared for the Hudson River Estuary program, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, with support from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, in cooperation with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission. The viewpoints expressed here do not necessarily represent those of NEIWPCC or NYSDEC, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or causes constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.