City of Water Day, a region-wide daylong festival that brings communities together for free, hands-on waterfront activities returns this year in partnership with the Waterfront Alliance, the South Street Seaport Museum and the New York – New Jersey Harbor and Estuary Program (HEP). New Yorkers and visitors alike will get the opportunity to take part in exciting activities that celebrate our harbor’s past, present, and future. Many of the days’ activities will once again take place in Lower Manhattan’s Seaport District with the support of the South Street Seaport Museum. Dozens of communities in New York and New Jersey will also host their own City of Water Day events by participating in City of Water Day In Your Neighborhood. Organizations in all five boroughs, Westchester County, and New Jersey will host these free public events strengthening partnerships between hundreds of local organizations and fostering stewardship throughout communities along our region’s 1600 miles of coastline.
HEP Program Director Rob Pirani explains the significance of City of Water Day In Your Neighborhood, ‘From the Bronx River to the Passaic River, from Jamaica Bay to the Hoboken waterfront, City of Water Day In Your Neighborhood programs will help people from all over the region celebrate their local waterways. Local civic organizations host these special events. The New York–New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program is proud to support City of Water Day and the In Your Neighborhood programs all over the estuary.’
This year, City of Water Day In Your Neighborhood will focus on activities that will champion the shared goal of a climate resilient Harbor that is prepared for rising seas and increased coastal storms. More than six years after Hurricane Sandy, storms of similar magnitude and increasing frequency across the nation continue to serve as a reminder of our vulnerability to the impacts of climate change in our region. HEP will be supporting City of Water Day In Your Neighborhood by providing funding between $300 and $1000 to a limited number of eligible participating nonprofit organizations. This year, support will be prioritized for nonprofit organizations whose In Your Neighborhood events focus on educating communities about the impacts of climate change in our region.