Piermont’s unique location on the bank of the Hudson River and the mouth of the Sparkill Creek is perhaps its greatest asset and, at the same time, poses a significant challenge. The same confluence of waterways and land that has attracted residents and commerce to the Village, presents the risks of waterfront flooding and, over the long term, sea level rise.
The intersection of the Village’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 it advances its objectives. The Piermont Waterfront Resilience Task Force (PWRTF) project was formally launched in November 2013 to begin the work of creating a safer, more vibrant waterfront. The Task Force, with its project partners and input from the public, has synthesized a list of recommendations which can be used as a flood and sea level rise resilience action plan, and which is central to a report detailing its work.
In November 2014 the Village of Piermont's Board of Trustees voted unanimously to accept the Waterfton Resilience Task Force's Final Report and to endorse the Task Force's recommendations. The Village also moved to create a permanent Village committee to implement the recommendations and continue planning for a more resilient future.
Support and technical assistance for this project comes from NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program, the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, Scenic Hudson, the Consensus Building Institute, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and Catalysis Adaptation Partners.
Download the Report:
Resilience Roadmap: Planning for Piermont's Future - Executive Summary
Resilience Roadmap: Planning for Piermont’s Future - Full Report
Report Supplementary Materials:
Agendas and Summaries of Task Force Meetings
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.