Flood Smart Communties

Project Lead: The Nature Conservancy New York – Stevie Adams
Partners: Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council, State University of New York, State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry, University at Buffalo
Geographic scope: Greece, NY; Hilton, NY and Parma, NY

Regular flooding in Monroe County, NY, has been documented since 1865. The very low slopes of lake plain topography and wet climate have always presented a challenge to these communities for draining the surface runoff generated by even small rain events. The primary goal of this project is to work with coastal municipalities in Monroe County to reduce their flooding vulnerability, improve water quality, and increase their resiliency to climate change to benefit human and ecological communities. A vulnerability assessment and economic analysis will help inform the development of a Floodplain Action Plan, which will list specific steps for the community to take to protect people and nature. This plan will reflect the connection of upstream and downstream communities and will incorporate land use planning and regulation, Smart Growth principles, green infrastructure techniques, water resource sustainability and climate change adaptation.