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Canandaigua, Geneva, and Sodus Point honored for flood resilience efforts

The cities of Canandaigua and Geneva, alongside Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) and the Village of Sodus Point, have earned accolades from the New York Sea Grant for their innovative flood resilience projects. These initiatives, designed to combat the challenges of flooding while preserving water quality and shoreline integrity, are showcased in the “Great Lakes Resilience Case Studies” video series. This initiative highlights the use of green infrastructure to mitigate the effects of heavy rain and flooding.

Notably, Canandaigua and Geneva implemented bioswales, green streets, rain gardens, and porous pavements to manage stormwater. FLCC introduced porous pavement at its Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, addressing water pooling issues effectively. These measures are part of a broader effort to encourage communities to adopt green infrastructure solutions for stormwater management, promoting environmental sustainability and flood resilience.

Sodus Point, a village vulnerable to flooding due to its low elevation along Lake Ontario’s southern shoreline, embarked on a community-driven approach to flood defense after a significant high-water event in 2017. Through collaborations with New York Sea Grant, the village identified and implemented various protective measures, including green infrastructure, enhanced storm sewer systems, flood walls, and sand dunes. These video case studies, made available by New York Sea Grant, serve as a resource for other communities seeking to enhance their flood resilience, demonstrating the proactive steps taken by these Finger Lakes entities to safeguard against future flooding.