NY Events Planned to Discuss Coastal Resiliency

The challenge of protecting the shoreline against coastal storms is attracting plenty of attention this spring.


In addition to our upcoming Long Island Sound Citizens Summit, the Committee to Save the Bird Homestead is presenting a lecture series in Rye called “After the Storm: Toward a More Resilient Shoreline.” This series is being cosponsored by the Long Island Sound Study, the Friends of Read Wildlife Sanctuary, and Save the Sound.

The first lecture in the series is being held on Saturday, April 6. The topic is “Beacons of Sustainability: Lighthouses of the Eastern Seaboard” and will feature a discussion about protecting historic lighthouses by preservation architects Walter Sedovic and Jill Gotthelf of Water Sedovic Architects, located in Irvington, NY.


Walter Sedovic Architects specializes in sustainable preservation and has worked on the restoration of 17 historic lighthouses.  Sedovic and Gotthelf will discuss what can be learned from the existence of lighthouses in harsh coastal conditions. These lessons are applicable to rebuilding along the shoreline in a more sustainable manner — especially when combined with environmental restoration of salt marshes, dunes and other natural buffers.

The lecture begins at 4 P.M. at the historic Meeting House, 624 Milton Road in Rye. Admission is $5.

The Committee to Save the Bird Homestead works to preserve and restore the Bird Homestead and the Meeting House, two adjoining historic properties located on the banks of the Blind Brook estuary. The Committee works to conserve coastal habitat, biodiversity, and natural systems, and to inspire, foster and promote an appreciation of coastal ecology, historic preservation, science, sustainability, and the legacy of the Bird family.

For more information, contact the Committee to Save the Bird Homestead at  birdhomestead.meetinghouse@gmail.com or 914-967-0099.


If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to sign up for the Long Island Sound Citizens Summit on April 26 at Iona College in New Rochelle. At the summit, we will be discussing “Superstorm Sandy and the ‘New Normal:’ Rebuilding for Resiliency and Adapting to Climate Change.”

Posted by Tom Andersen, Posted by Tom Andersen, NY program and communications coordinator for Save the Sound. Tom is also the author of This Fine Piece of Water: An Environmental History of Long Island Sound.

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