Hudson river valley from New York city up to Poughkeepsie.
Hurricane Sandy had unexpected impacts on Scenic Hudson’s work and proved to be a game-changing event in focusing attention on climate change and sea level rise impacts along the Hudson River corridor and across New York’s coastal zone. Waterfront communities suffering flood damage and unprecedented storm surges have now begun to accept and prepare for a “new normal”, where waterfront areas and development in the coastal zone are considered within the context of projected sea level rise and inundation.
At the state level, there has been a multi-agency push to identify and prioritize flood-prone lands and communities in the New York coastal zone. Scenic Hudson’s sea level rise projection maps were sent to the commissioner of NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, as well as top officials at the NYS Department of State Coastal Zone Program. The data is being used as the basis for creating a first-ever NYS Coastal Resilience Open Space Plan.