As communities in New York, New Jersey and along the U.S. Northeast coast mark the one-year anniversary of the devastating Superstorm Sandy, many people are working to make their communities more resilient to the storms of the future.
As government agencies like the Army Corps of Engineers study how Sandy reshaped coastlines, and how different kinds of infrastructure performed in the historic storm, organizations like The Nature Conservancy are offering tools for communities to evaluate their risk to future storms and floods.
For example, the Coastal Resilience tool, with recently updated features, is available to help communities evaluate their risk, and to identify marshes, dunes, oyster reefs and other natural infrastructure that could be combined with traditional sea walls, levees and concrete structures, to become part of an integrated system of coastal defenses. One app, The Risk Explorer, combines information on coastal habitats and exposure with socio-economic data to identify solutions where habitat management may most reduce risks along U.S. coasts.
Even young people are getting involved. Watch the video above to learn how youth volunteers in The Nature Conservancy’s LEAF program are pitching in and learning how nature can help protect us, if we help to keep it healthy and resilient.
Photo by: Flickr user US Fish & Wildlife Northeast, Greg Thompson: Seaside New Jersey roller coaster after Sandy. Used under a Creative Commons license.