Strong, frequent heatwaves, storms, and droughts are here to stay, and more are on their way. Climate change demands we do things differently. New York residents are teaming up to improve community safety and quality of life. The Nature Conservancy works with community members, public leaders, family farmers, and diverse partners to reduce the risks of heatwaves, storms, and droughts. By proactively working together, we can save lives, protect homes, businesses, and farms, and build a safer world for all of us – now and long into the future.
State Lawmakers Expand Wetland Protections in Landmark Conservation Victory
In the 2023 New York budget, Governor Hochul and the State Legislature increased state protections for freshwater wetlands, which were at risk of being lost forever. Wetlands prevent flooding, trap pollution, and clean our air and water. Read our story.
Improving Community Safety Through Voluntary Buyout Programs
The need for voluntary buyouts of storm-damaged properties is rising rapidly, but programs can be slow and inequitable. How can buyout programs be improved for residents and program staff? Read the full report.
Protecting Clean Water and Increasing Community Safety
A report by The Nature Conservancy and A.R. Siders at the Disaster Research Center examines how local wetland and stream regulations can be used to prevent harmful flooding by drawing on the experiences of three New York towns. Read the report.
Community Visioning: Creating a Safer Future Together
In response to local disasters, two New York communities explore how they can use flood-damaged, vacant lots to create a safer future for themselves. Listen to residents and leaders talk about their vision for their community. Watch the video.
Green Buffer Zones: Community Amenities for a Brighter Tomorrow
In New York, 90 percent of residents live along lakes, rivers, streams or the ocean, which means our communities are increasingly vulnerable to flooding from storms and rising seas. Watch this animation to learn more.
Higher Ground: Building New York City’s Blue Belt for Storm Resilience
On Staten Island, The Nature Conservancy partnered with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to reduce flooding in Midland Beach by purchasing storm-damaged homes. Learn how this innovative partnership helped residents choose a safer future.
Flood Adaptation Hierarchy: A Better Way to Adapt to a World of Floods
The Nature Conservancy’s Flood Adaptation Hierarchy is a decision-making framework that prioritizes natural systems (such as wetlands) as the preferred climate adaptation strategy and incorporates equity principals. Read the executive summary.
Diagnosing Sick Salt Marshes
On Long Island, we're using the power of medical technology to fight salt marsh decline & help respond to the climate emergency. Like other natural habitats, salt marshes play an important part in protecting people, roads and buildings from flooding. Read our story.
The Power of Planning Ahead
The Nature Conservancy's Coastal Resilience Tool enables decision makers in New York and Connecticut to study potential flooding scenarios, analyze impacts on communities, natural resources and critical infrastructure. Learn more.