Living with the Bay: Resiliency-Building Options for Nassau County’s South Shore

New York

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.

Download the boards presented by Interboro Team in 2013.


Team Members

Interboro / Apex / Bosch Slabbers / Deltares / H+N+S / Palmbout / IMG Rebel

with Center for Urban Pedagogy, David Rusk, NJIT Infrastructure Planning Program, Project Projects, RFA Investments, TU Delft

Go to team page


October 29, 2013 10:28 am
from Mariann Howard

I live with my family on Hudson Canal in Freeport NY. It took us eight months to fix and move back in. Now we are faced with another up hill battle. The future. We were substantially damaged and need to raise our home. This presents many challenges since our home is not an easy project. We are now being told by NY Rising that our only two options are to lift or buyout. It may cost as much to lift as to build new. The people we deal with are all very nice but inexperienced. We need real help so we can move forward.


November 2, 2013 9:03 pm
from Michael Menser

This proposal is fantastic and stands out from amongst the the dozens of others because it takes the issues of retreat and environmental justice seriously: we need to offer affordable housing to folks in ways that will not isolate them but make them safer AND more connected socially and economically. I think this proposal really points in this direction thru its combining of housing, mass transit and sustainability/resilience and its look term outlook (2080). Something like this could (Maybe!) get a new land use/economic development pattern started in Nassau County which we DESPERATELY need (I live by Mineola). “MOVE ON UP” yes! Also, I like that you note the whole situation with the Bay park sewage facility which is one of the biggest issues for the whole region as it struggles to move forward.


November 13, 2013 12:57 pm
from Jeanette Ocampo

I was a Sandy Victim who has since rebuilt my home. I live in Bay Park and I want to know what are the new community requirements if any for my home since the storm? I want to know if it’s mandatory to elevate/raise my home? I don’t want to be stuck with huge FEMA flood insurance rates if I don’t raise my house. Are their any elevation requirements that I must fulfill? FEMA told me they will raise my rates if I don’t fulfill community requirements since the storm but I don’t know what those new requirements are? Please help! Thank you!


March 1, 2014 9:35 am
from Sam Rinotsky

The plan seems very simplistic without engineering facts. More of a social welfare type idea than a engineering project. What is more disturbing is that the presented plans are more of a pretense to build “affordable housing” which is a codeword for housing projects. The team is taking advantage of a natural disaster inorder to promote a left wing agenda in the mode of the communist Saul Alinsky.


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