In recognition of the increasing risk from sea-level rise and coastal storms like Hurricane Sandy, the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program, and the New York City Department of City Planning, is soliciting proposals for development of a plan to identify the necessary scientific and technical research to advance the understanding of potential coastal green infrastructure strategies in New York City under current and projected sea-level rise scenarios.
While there has been significant improvement in water quality, many water resource challenges exist in the watershed of the Hudson River Estuary. Overlaid on all these challenges are the relatively unpredictable influences of climate change on precipitation. Potential impacts include flooding, drought, and degraded water quality. Recent storms Irene, Lee, and Sandy have clearly highlighted our vulnerability to flooding. Communities can take steps to adapt and improve watershed resiliency to reduce damage to property, infrastructure, and the environment.
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