G/FLRPC and New York Sea Grant coordinated a full-day workshop engagement where invited stakeholders can react to the 2017 flood and erosion event; identify past, current, and future challenges and strengths based on three (3) community components (e.g., infrastructural, environmental, and economic/tourism); and develop and prioritize actions to improve the community’s resilience to future high water levels on Lake Ontario. A Summary of Findings report with an implementation agenda (e.g., timelines for each action, possible funding sources, and estimated costs) will be developed and later presented at a general public meeting.
The impacts of flooding and shoreline erosion along Lake Ontario may prompt municipalities to better integrate coastal resiliency efforts into local planning and management, such as restoring natural environmental functions through land acquisition and developing policies for reconstruction to a higher building standard. Preparing a public engagement process for the Village of Sodus Point in response to the historically high water levels and severe erosion in Lake Ontario can serve as a model for other communities interested in developing a Great Lakes coastal restoration and resilience strategy with an implementation agenda to assist in identifying funding sources for increased implementation.
Final Summary of Findings report for the Post-Flood Recovery Building Workshop for the Village of Sodus Point.
The project website is also available: http://www.gflrpc.org/postfloodrecovery.html