Coastal Restoration and Hurricane Sandy
See how the South Cape May Meadows helped protect homeowners from Hurricane Sandy.
When Hurricane Sandy struck last year, it changed New York forever. Sandy left a wake of destruction, establishing a “new normal.” Sandy revealed just how vulnerable we are to climate change, as well as how nature—wetlands, parks, forests, dunes, reefs—plays a critical role in protecting us. Since the storm, many New Yorkers now rank climate change as their number one environmental concern.
With this in mind, the Conservancy is applying powerful lessons we learned from places like South Cape May, New Jersey, where restored dunes and wetlands helped protect the community from waves and flooding during the storm. This and other examples will help guide future projects in New York, and continue influencing policy. We are using our science-based approach to conduct research in vulnerable areas of New York City to show how investments in nature, often combined with built infrastructure, can provide significant benefits.
In New York, your support enables the Conservancy to provide science, on-the-ground knowledge and conservation tools to help with recovery and show how the right investments in nature can reduce the impacts of future storms. For example, we are:
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Right now, we have a unique opportunity to talk about disaster readiness—and we have the analyses to prove that nature should be a part of the discussion. It’s this insight that will guide us to a more resilient New York.
Bill Ulfelder, Executive DirectorNovember 06, 2013