Living with the Bay is a comprehensive regional resiliency plan for Nassau County’s South Shore. The goal of the plan is to make the communities around the South Shore’s bays more resilient in the face of future extreme weather events and sea-level rise, but also strengthen what makes living near the bays great in the first place.
Living with the Bay proposes to mitigate the damages from storm surges by strategically deploying protective measures such as constructed marshes and dikes; manage stormwater in order to mitigate the damages from common rain events as well as improve the water quality in the bay; and expand housing options in high and dry areas near public transportation.
Living with the Bay consists four strategies:
In Long Beach, we propose improvements along the ocean and bay that both protect residents and better connect them to the water.
In the West, Middle, and East Bay, we propose new marsh islands that reduce wave action, improve the bay ecology, and afford new recreational opportunities.
Along the north-south tributaries that drain into the South Shore’s Bays, we propose green infrastructure improvements to reduce inundations and pollution, and also create publicly accessible greenways that connect the South Shore’s Communities.
Along the Sunrise Highway -LIRR corridor, we propose a system of green infrastructure improvements, smart streets, and transit-oriented, mixed use, mixed income development near LIRR stations.
Taken as a whole, these strategies present a collection of relatively low-risk, “no regrets” propositions for the present that sow seeds for a more resilient future.