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Guidance on Natural Resiliency Measures in New York

HRNERR -> CRRA Natural Resiliency Measures


UPDATE the Guidance was released in November 2020.

Using Natural Resilience Measures to Reduce Risk of Flooding and Erosion in New York State.  Published August 2020 by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Read more and see other guidance documents HERE.

Read more at the NSC webpage: HERE



The Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve (HRNERR) has been working with New York State in its pro-active adaptation strategy for the potential threats from extreme weather, sea level rise, and flooding due to climate change. The Community Risk and Resiliency Act (CRRA), signed into law in 2014, requires state agencies to assess future climate risks when making decisions concerning certain funding, permitting and facility siting decisions.

Through a NERRS Science Collaborative transfer project, HRNERR is collaborating with state agencies to capture what is known about the ability of nature-based shoreline stabilization approaches and other natural and nature-based features to enhance resiliency. The Guidance on Use of Natural Resiliency Measures will have invaluable information on the use of natural and nature-based features for riparian corridors, wetlands, urbanized areas, forests, ocean and estuarine coastlines, and rivers, streams, and lake shorelines.

The Guidance will be finalized by January of 2017. We have been conducting a joint review of existing literature, policies, practices, and guidance on natural resiliency measures in coastal and inland areas. This work will result in:

  • A summary of available information related to risk reduction and community resilience benefits of natural and nature-based resilience measures.
  • A mutually agreed-upon framework and recommendations for state guidance on natural resilience measures.

What are natural resiliency measures?

The call for a guidance on natural resiliency measures is one of five major provisions of CRRA. These measures include conservation and restoration of our natural resources and the use of nature-based designs.

Natural and nature-based features as resiliency measures

Project Partners

  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • New York State Department of State
  • New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
  • Consensus Building Institute, Inc.
  • Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve


For more information, see:

Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System

Tivoli Bays Launch Closure – 2020

The canoe and kayak launch on the Kidd Lane access road at Tivoli Bays WMA is closed for renovations until further notice. At this time, DEC does not have an estimated completion date for the project. Please contact Nathan Ermer at 845-256-3047 for more information about this project. Thank you for your patience and understanding.