Naturally Resilient Communities
Stop by the APA Pavilion for an interactive demonstration of NRCSolutions.org, a new website that guides elected officials and local decision makers through 30 cost-effective, nature-based solutions to reducing flood risk.
APA is one of six key partners united behind a new effort called the "Naturally Resilient Communities," or NRC, program that promotes the role nature-based solutions can play in helping reduce flood risk for communities while providing other benefits, such as improved water quality and enhanced recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat — all of which positively impacts local economies. Together, we collectively represent county governments, professional engineers, community planners, floodplain managers and conservationists.
Online at NRCSolutions.org, the partners have created a guide of nature-based solutions and related case studies of successful projects to help communities learn more and identify those solutions that might work best for them. This tool:
- Enables end users to be able to understand and consider the suite of nature-based infrastructure options available at given locations based upon the type of issue to be addressed (e.g. stormwater, flooding, or erosion control/reduction)
- Describes how projects, such as wetland restoration, oyster reef construction, or beach dune restoration, can be used to address flooding issues facing these communities
- Provides an understanding of the ability of natural infrastructure to contribute to reducing risks and to provide a suite of other benefits.
- Provides real world examples of success stories related to the implementation of natural infrastructure projects; and
- Broadens the understanding of when such projects may be appropriate so they can be considered as part of the many regular and ongoing planning and project development activities undertaken by communities.
The guide also includes a collection of case studies that further articulate key steps in the process of developing natural infrastructure projects, identify specific types of natural infrastructure applications that can be implemented in a diverse set of geographies (e.g., wetland restoration), address a specific set of impacts (e.g., riverine flooding in industrialized waterfronts), or serve as iconic stories that create a compelling and memorable narrative around the use of natural infrastructure.
, American Planning Association
Confirmed SpeakerJennifer Henaghan, AICP, is APA's Deputy Research Director and manager of the Green Communities Center. Prior to joining APA, she worked as a local government planner.
, Jim Schwab Consulting LLC
Confirmed SpeakerFrom 2008-2017, Jim Schwab managed APA’s Hazards Planning Center, but his direct engagement with natural hazards and disaster issues began in 1993. He managed an innovative project funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop a PAS Report, Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction. The report became a cornerstone in the planning profession in the development of an entire subfield devoted to hazard mitigation and disaster recovery. By 2014, with the publication of Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation, accompanied by the creation of substantial online resources for the planning community, Jim brought the subject forward again. Jim managed several other major APA projects dealing with hazard mitigaiton and climate change adaptation. Jim left APA in 2017. Jim is currently the chair-elect of APA's Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning Division. He is the principal of Jim Schwab Consulting LLC, a firm he created after leaving APA. He is also adjunct assistant professor at the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning, an author working on a two-book series on the 1993 and 2008 Midwest floods, and a public speaker, and maintains his own blog, "Home of the Brave," on his personal website, www.jimschwab.com.
, The Nature Conservancy
, East Hampton
Confirmed SpeakerJoseph DeAngelis is a Research Associate with APA’s Hazards Planning Center specializing in storm recovery, resiliency, and climate adaptation planning. He received his planning degree from CUNY-Hunter College, where he researched post-Hurricane Sandy recovery and adaptation on the East Shore of Staten Island. Joe has worked for the New York City Mayor’s Office, the National Park Service, and until March 2016 as a Flood Resiliency Planner with the Staten Island office of the New York City Department of City Planning. While with DCP Joe worked on the Resilient Neighborhoods Initiative, a community planning program focused on long term land use, environmental, and economic resiliency in coastal neighborhoods in the five boroughs.