SCIENCE, CLIMATE & STEWARDSHIP IN 2017: Resilient Waterfronts

Friday, December 1, 2017 -- Scenic Hudson

Trees for Trips Plantings

Trees for Trips Plantings

Planting "trees for tribs" near Falling Waters Preserve. 

Ensuring a safer, more vibrant future for our communities, we’re helping them—and the entire region—prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change

Our Hudson Riverfronts provide the prime catalyst for economic growth—exciting places to live, work and play. They also furnish habitat for much of the valley’s aquatic and terrestrial wildlife. Rising sea levels and other impacts of a warming climate put these special places at risk. We share our scientific expertise about ways to make waterfront assets more resilient with community leaders and other key stakeholders.

We also took our Hudson Valley Conservation Strategy “on the road” and received significant buy-in from fellow land trusts and public agencies. The plan offers a cost-effective, maximum-impact approach, pinpointing lands across the region whose protection will provide a buffer from flooding, sustain biodiversity and secure critical habitat pathways. We’re increasing the resiliency of lands we’ve protected by planting trees along tributary streams, which will reduce erosion and absorb floodwaters from future storms.

 

Mike Aguiar, Riverview Marine Services

“As I experienced personally from storms Sandy and Irene, flooding can cause enormous damage to businesses, critical infrastructure and other assets in Catskill. The Catskill Waterfront Resilience Task Force has provided a blueprint for the village to prepare for and adapt to the impacts from future storms. Over the 40 years I have worked on Catskill’s waterfront, I have seen flooding events increase in intensity and water level. My experience and work on the task force has enabled me to develop methods to make my own marina more resilient to flooding.”
—Mike Aguiar, Riverview Marine Services (photo: John Halpern)