Adaptation and Resilience
Waterfront Flooding Task Force – Kingston is one of four Hudson riverfront communities to convene a Waterfront Flooding Task Force. In 2013 the Task Force studied sea level rise and flood projections, analyzed local vulnerability assessments and recommended 24 strategies for increasing the resilience of waterfront areas. In 2016-2017, Kingston initiated a series of meetings with the other Flood Resilience Task Force communities to combine efforts in pursuit of adaptation strategies. This project has been funded in part by a grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through the Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Download the Kingston Tidal Waterfront Flooding Task Force Final Report and view the full proceedings here.
Implementing Waterfront Zoning – Waterfront zoning is an important step that communities can take to reduce vulnerability to flooding. Communities may opt to pass a Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, create a Flood Overlay District, or pass an amendment to existing zoning that recognizes new FEMA Base Flood Elevations. The NYS Community Risk and Resiliency Act (CRRA) will require municipalities to mitigate risks from sea-level-rise, flooding and other climate related hazards and will provide model local lows to assist compliance. Kingston created a Flood Hazard Overlay District within the city zoning ordinance in 2009. Now, as part of the second phase of the update to Kingston’s Comprehensive Plan, the City is undergoing a zoning code revision. Follow that process here.
Hosting the Cornell University Climate Adaptive Design Studio - The Climate-Adaptive Design (CAD) Studio links Cornell students in landscape architecture with Hudson Riverfront communities to explore design alternatives for more climate resilient, beautiful and connected waterfront areas. The studio is an effort in partnership with Cornell Landscape Architecture Department, Cornell Water Resources Institute, the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program and the participating municipality. The CAD Studio envisioned a more resilient Rondout waterfront, and graduate student design team Hong Gao, Luyao Kong and Qianli Feng received the prestigious American Society of Landscape Architects honor award in 2017 for their Weaving the Waterfront design for Kingston Point. Read an article about the award, and click here to watch a video about the Climate Adaptive Design Studio. The CAD Studio focused on the parcel level on Kingston’s tidal water front, hosting a Studio in 2016 and 2017. The
project culminates with an open house to share student ideas with the community. CAD designs show the
community options for development and revitalization that also deal with expected sea-level rise and flooding.
By taking a comprehensive design approach, the student teams incorporate human and natural systems to
inspire adaptation and innovation. CAD hosted a third Studio on Kington’s Rondout Waterfront in Spring 2018.
Want to see what sea level rise looks like in your neighborhood? Visit Scenic Hudson’s Sea Level Rise Mapper to view projected impacts.
Becoming a Climate Smart Community – The New York State Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Program is a network of New York communities engaged in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving climate resilience.
- Municipalities become involved with the CSC Program by adopting the CSC Pledge, which includes 10 elements that lead to a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and provide guidance on climate change adaptation.
- Municipalities can opt to participate in the Climate Smart Certification Program, which has four certification levels: certified, bronze, silver and gold.Communities can access technical support and funding opportunities to reach their certification goals.
- The City of Kingston achieved Bronze Climate Smart Community certification in 2014, and Silver in 2018, both the highest level achieved by any municipality in New York State. Kingston has completed a variety of adaptation and mitigation strategies to achieve this level, including appointing a commission, conducting a Greenhouse Gas Inventory and creating a Climate Action Plan.The Climate Action Plan outlines strategies and actions for the city to take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and set a goal for energy use reduction of 20% by 2020. In 2018, the City will be updating our Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, tracking our progress, and understanding the road ahead toward achieving our goals.For more information, visit the Climate Smart Kingston webpage, and view Kingston’s Climate Smart Communities Profile.