If we do nothing, climate change threatens the existence of Lower Manhattan, with impacts extending throughout the entire city and region. The Financial District and Seaport Climate Resilience Master Plan (Climate Resilience Plan) will fill a critical gap in the City's Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency (LMCR) strategy, securing the future for the millions of people who live in, work in, and travel through Lower Manhattan.
More work is needed in the Financial District (FiDi) and South Street Seaport (Seaport) neighborhoods to identify the right resiliency project. Unlike other neighborhoods in Lower Manhattan, FiDi and Seaport have limited space along the water's edge and unique constraints that make it particularly challenging to locate flood protection and sewer infrastructure. These constraints include low ground elevations with tall waves, limited space for flood protection and drainage infrastructure, and vulnerable maritime assets. To respond to this challenge, we are advancing the Climate Resilience Plan.
The Climate Resilience Plan will include a comprehensive, long-term adaptation plan for the FiDi and Seaport study area viable project options to protect the area from climate risks. The process for developing this plan combines climate science, robust community engagement, engineering and technical analysis, urban planning and design, and implementation planning. The Climate Resilience Plan will include a thorough examination of a range of flood protection options, including extending the shoreline into the East River to accommodate flood resilience infrastructure while responding to existing physical and regulatory constraints.
In partnership with the communities of Lower Manhattan, we will be designing infrastructure that responds to the unique constraints and climate hazards facing the Financial District and Seaport neighborhoods while creating implementation plans to ensure these designs come to life in the future.
To learn more about the Climate Resilience Plan, please visit fidiseaportclimate.nyc.