August 1, 2018
This report on Hurricane Sandy Recovery is part of a series of case studies that the Georgetown Climate Center developed to inform efforts to implement innovative restoration projects in the Gulf Coast region after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The synthesis report, Building Gulf Coast Resilience: Opportunities After Deep Water Horizon, and accompanying case studies present lessons for improving coordination among state and federal decisionmakers, expediting environmental review and permitting, and accounting for climate impacts in the design and management of restoration projects.
This case study, Lessons from the Hurricane Sandy Recovery, explores coordinating teams that were established by federal agencies after Hurricane Sandy to improve and expedite disaster-recovery projects. It also explores how the coordinating teams helped to improve the design of, and expedite environmental review and permitting of, innovative recovery projects developed through the Rebuild by Design competition. To illustrate these lessons, the case study uses the example of the Living Breakwaters project, where nature-based approaches will be used to reduce flood risks for vulnerable communities in Staten Island, New York.