Resiliency Planning in Jamaica Bay
You'll learn about:
- Different approaches to resiliency planning in Jamaica Bay from speakers who are working on this topic from an environmental, engineering, landscape, land use and land management perspective at the City, State, Federal and research level.
- Adapting historic resources and infrastructure for resiliency and future storm events
- Challenges of a National Park Service site within context of New York City
- Connect planning concepts to place by experiencing the Bay on water.
- Explore the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay's research vessel, a newly commissioned catamaran designed to navigate the shallow waters of the Bay with a hybrid engine and multifunctional programming space.
Jamaica Bay is home to over 5 million people and provides 10,000 acres of parklands to over 3 million visitors annually. It also provides habitat for over 400 plant and animal species. The Bay has experienced significant historical disturbance and concentrated impacts from coastal hazards. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Jamaica Bay has been at the forefront of resiliency planning discussions and efforts, across multiple Federal, State, and New York City agencies, to address climate change and the prospect of increased storm events.
The National Park Service, Gateway National Recreation Area, will lead a discussion on resiliency planning efforts within Jamaica Bay, with their partners the Army Corps of Engineers, New York State Department of Environment Conservation, and New York City, through a unique water tour from Manhattan to Jamaica Bay.
The National Park Service will discuss the specific challenges of a coastal National Park Service site within the context of New York City, including adapting historic resources and infrastructure to be resilient to future storm events and partnering with multiple government agencies to meet overarching resiliency objectives.
Several National Park Service projects will be highlighted, including the Fort Tilden Shore Access and Resiliency project, Jacob Riis Bathhouse, planning for the future of the Penn and Fountain Avenue landfills, and planning efforts within the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.
The Army Corps of Engineers will lead a discussion on their Reformulation study for Jamaica Bay; the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will discuss the Spring Creek Storm Resilience and Ecosystem Restoration project; and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection will discuss their planning efforts in Jamaica Bay. Additionally, the Department of City Planning will discuss use and zoning strategies to build more resilient neighborhoods; landscape architect and professor Catherine Seavitt will share a concept plan to develop atoll terraces through sediment capture via the natural processes of an “island motor”; and the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay will discuss their role in bridging knowledge across the academic-government-community spectrum. The program of presentations, while specific to Jamaica Bay, will prompt group discussion about common planning challenges in coastal cities.
Meanwhile, participants will be able to explore the research vessel, a newly commissioned catamaran designed specifically to navigate the shallow waters of the Bay, and outfitted with a hybrid propulsion system, wet and dry research labs, and state-of-the-art classroom equipment.
, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NY District
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerPeter Weppler is the Chief of Environmental Branch within the US Army Corps of Engineers-NY District’s Planning Division. As the Branch Chief, Peter will be responsible for all environmental issues related to NY District’s Civil Works Projects. Among his many projects, Peter was the New York District Environmental Team Lead for the New York District’s Coastal Storm Risk Management Mission which is addressing post-Sandy coastal resiliency and coastal storm risk management per Public Law 113-2 – The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act. Peter was also responsible for multiple ecosystem restoration projects including the Jamaica Bay Marsh Islands Restoration and Hudson-Raritan Estuary Ecosystem Restoration Study which developed the Comprehensive Restoration Plan (CRP) for the NY/NJ Harbor. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of ecosystem restoration and flood and coastal storm damage risk reduction. Peter has an extensive background in ecological investigations in coastal and riverine systems throughout the New York/New Jersey Bight.
, City College of New York
, New York
, Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay
Confirmed SpeakerJessica Fain, AICP, is the Program Director for Policy, Planning and Engagement at the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay. At the Institute, she leads integrated, co-produced projects that bring together researchers, community stakeholders and public agencies to improve the resilience of Jamaica Bay and beyond. Prior to joining the Institute, she was a Senior Waterfront Planner at the New York City Department of City Planning, managing the City’s Coastal Zone Management Program—the NYC Waterfront Revitalization Program. She holds a master of city planning (MCP, 2011) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
, NYC Dept of City Planning
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerMary Kimball is the Senior Resiliency Manager at the New York City Department of City Planning. Her work includes Resilient Neighborhoods, a place-based planning initiative to identify locally-specific strategies, including zoning and land use changes, to support the vitality and resiliency of communities in the floodplain and prepare them for future storms. In addition, she is managing the agency’s outreach and engagement to develop a citywide zoning text amendment to promote resilient construction practices, and coordinates the agency’s involvement on coastal protection projects. She was the lead author of Urban Waterfront Adaptive Strategies, a study of best practices for coastal climate resilience for urban waterfronts, and previously worked on Vision 2020: the City’s Comprehensive Waterfront Plan. She holds a Masters in Urban Planning from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
, National Park Service
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerJoshua Laird is Commissioner of the National Parks of New York Harbor (NPNH), where he is responsible for the 10 national parks that surround New York City. Under Laird's leadership, the Commissioner's office enhances the identity, visibility and public support for these national park sites and promotes partnerships such as the groundbreaking Cooperative Management Agreement between the National Park Service (NPS) and City of New York. Other recent initiatives include the creation of a CUNY-led Science and Resiliency Institute for Jamaica Bay, and a partnership with the NYC Department of Education to establish the Stephen T. Mather High School for Building Arts and Craftsmanship. Prior to starting with the NPS, Laird served for 21 years with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. As Assistant Commissioner for Planning & Parklands, he oversaw the Parks Department's planning, land use, environmental, and real estate functions. During this time, Laird was associated with a variety of significant park initiatives including the reclamation of the Bronx River, PlaNYC, and the creation of Hudson River Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the High Line and Freshkills Park.
, NYC Environmental Protection
, New York
, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
, Long Island City