Resilience in a coastal context
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Natural resources – working with what is already in the Bay – might also improve resiliency, deter flooding and improve water quality which would in turn help increase eco-tourism and be a boon for the local fishing industry.
Bill Dey said the communities could consider tidal marsh restoration to help reduce storm surges and sea grass restoration projects to reduce storm surges and erosion.
Additionally, “there has been some exploration of an oyster reef restoration program which protects the marsh area and is under study by the Town of Hempstead Department of Conservation and Waterways,” said Mr. Dye. “However it would have impacts on waterway navigability.”