Watershed WaveMaker: Piermont Waterfront Resiliency Commission

The Village of Piermont Waterfront Resilience Commission, chaired by Nathan Mitchell, is a regional leader on flood resilience. After Superstorm Sandy, the Piermont Waterfront Resilience Task Force began working to create a more resilient waterfront. Following the publication of their 2014 Resilience Roadmap report, the Village created a permanent Commission to continue this work. 

Accomplishments have included updating the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program to include waterfront resilience recommendations, working with Cornell University Climate-adaptive Design Studio and City College of New York School of Architecture Design Studio to develop innovative waterfront plans, and raising Piermont’s standing in FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Community Rating System to better protect the village from flooding and to reduce the cost of flood insurance premiums. 

The Piermont Waterfront Resilience Commission has also developed innovative outreach strategies, including the Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) communications network to notify community members of potential flooding and the Neighborhood Liaisons project to educate residents about flood risks and how to facilitate challenging conversations. Locally, they regularly update the Village of Piermont on the latest science and updates from their work, and regionally, they participate in the leadership of the Hudson River Flood Resilience Network.

Celebrate the Village of Piermont Waterfront Resiliency Commission at the 2023 WaveMaker Awards Benefit on May 17!