Project: Best Management Practices for Resilient Industries

Project Motivation

Ladder on the docks in Sunset Park, NY

Photo by Pro-Zak (Timothy Vogel) / CC BY-NC 2.0

The current New York City Waterfront Revitalization Program encourages the clustering of heavy industrial and maritime development in six areas called Significant Maritime and Industrial Areas (SMIAs), the largest of which is Sunset Park. In 2010, the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance launched the Waterfront Justice Project, a research and policy advocacy effort, which documented that all six SMIA’s are in storm surge zones. Yet little is known about the potential risks to SMIA communities from accidental chemical releases due to hurricane damage.

To develop best management practices that industrial facilities could implement to enhance chemical storage and security, it is important to understand these risks.

Project Aims and Approach

This innovative project is designed to

  • map chemical source points and vulnerable community areas
  • create an inventory of toxic chemicals and their vulnerability to being dislocated by storm events
  • research potential toxic exposure risks to vulnerable, low income residents of Sunset Park’s waterfront community; and
  • prepare a "Community Resiliency Action Plan" that identifies best management risk-reduction practices that could be replicated by other communitie.

For more information on this project, please contact Principal Investigator Eddie Bautista, Executive Director at the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance,