The current and future resilience of Connecticut’s coastline and waterways depends on our ability to visualize change, plan wisely for the future, and take action today to avoid future costs to the economy, citizens and environment.
Despite a growing awareness of the risk posed by extreme weather and climate change, communities and local decision-makers often have limited access to the information and tools they need to protect people and nature through actions that reduce risk from hazards. In Connecticut coastal property and critical infrastructure is only inches above existing sea level, putting billions of dollars in public and private investments and business at risk. Natural infrastructure, like coastal wetlands, beaches and dunes, and river floodplains, that provide important defenses against storms for people and property are also at great risk. With the right tools and a community-based process it is possible to responsibly plan for future resilience and decrease community vulnerability while including natural infrastructure.
To address this need, the Nature Conservancy’s Connecticut Coastal Resilience Program provides a decision support platform to better inform a process for decision-making and the implementation of socio-economic and natural infrastructure based solutions.