Ke Aloha Outrigger is proud to a part of The Rise to Resilience Coalition.
Together, we are partnering with Waterfront Alliance and New York–New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP) to explore the BlueLine—the 2100 high tide line—
as part of City of Water Day on Saturday, September 12.
Now in its 13th year, City of Water Day is a free harbor-wide day organized by the Waterfront Alliance and its partners to raise awareness about the risk we all face from sea level rise and climate change, and champion a climate resilient New York and New Jersey harbor. The Howard Hughes Corporation® returns as this year’s presenting sponsor.
As we continue to live with COVID-19, this year’s City of Water Day will look different than past years, but with the same goals to educate and inspire. The event will include two primary components to allow for safe and socially distant activities. There will be an Art at the BlueLine exhibition in the Seaport District, featuring climate art from a group of local artists. Additionally, dozens of communities in New York and New Jersey will host their own City of Water Day In Your Neighborhood events to explore the BlueLine—the 2100 high tide line. In Your Neighborhood programming is organized and supported in collaboration with the New York & New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP).
Due to COVID-19, City of Water Day events this year are virtual, solo, appropriately distanced on-water activities, and outdoor public art exhibits. Events are required to adhere to New York and New Jersey state and city/local public health guidelines.
Ke Aloha Outrigger will be hosting an In Your Neighborhood Event at Hoboken Cove to celebrate City of Water Day in Hoboken, New Jersey. This event is in partnership with Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse.
All are welcome to join our event which will begin at 10:30AM on Saturday, September 12 with a beach and shore cleanup of Hoboken Cove and Maxwell Place Park. We will provide the bags and cleanup equipment. Just be sure to wear sturdy shoes for the rocky areas and remember to wear your mask and some water for hydration. The cleanup will occur at the current low tide mark. As part of this event, we will raise awareness about the BlueLine which brings awareness to the expected sea level rise of 6 feet by the year 2100 unless drastic changes are made to minimize the man-made consequences leading to climate change. More information about the Blue Line Initiative and other events can be found on the Waterfront Alliance's City of Water Day Page.
Following the beach cleanup, we will have kayaking trips 11:30AM and 2:00PM and are open to people 18 years old and up and are able to swim. We provide the gear. Just dress appropriately, wear your face mask while on land and maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others to comply with current COVID-19 state regulations.
The event is free but we welcome contributions to the donation jar to help support the program. Reservation is required and can be made by signing up on the Hoboken Cove Boathouse Meetup Page and registering for the event. Slots fill quickly so be sure to reserve your spot.
Ke Aloha Outrigger and Hoboken Cove Community are proud to be a part of the Rise 2 Resilience Coalition, joining other leaders in the in New York and New Jersey to build consensus on a comprehensive set of policies and investments needed to build regional resilience.
Eight years after Hurricane Sandy, as the New York and New Jersey region suffers from the COVID-19 catastrophe, we have been tragically reminded yet again of our vulnerability to crisis - and how disasters like these have too often been borne unequally by those with the fewest resources. Now is the moment to address the greatest threat to our region's future: our vulnerability to the climate crisis.
The future of our communities, jobs, safety, health, infrastructure and wildlife and natural habitats are at risk from coastal flooding and other impacts associated with climate change. We need bold, inclusive community0 and evidence-based action from policymakers at every level of government. We're building a movement to make it happen.
Please visit the Rise 2 Resilience Website for more information on how you can help.
City of Water Day 2020 at Hoboken Cove would not be possible without the guidance, leadership and support from our supporters.
After more than a decade of leading the charge in how the New York metropolitan region views and uses its harbor, and with more than 1,000 Alliance Partners committed to bringing real change to our region’s 700+ miles of coastline, in 2018 the Waterfront Alliance stepped into a new and critical leadership role to define New York Harbor’s response to sea level rise and coastal storms. Their crucial, long-term focus on increasing waterfront accessibility for all, along with their efforts to advocate for a working waterfront that is a vital source of business activity and well-paying jobs and educating the next generation of waterfront stewards, continue as essential pillars of their work to create a well-adapted and resilient New York Harbor.
Ke Aloha Outrigger's In Your Neighborhood program on City of Water Day is supported by a generous grant from the NY/NJ Harbor and Estuary Program. The New York - New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP) brings the benefits of the Clean Water Act to the people who live, work, and recreate on our shared waterways. Created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the request of the governors of New York and New Jersey, HEP is an ongoing effort to develop and implement a consensus driven plan to protect, conserve and restore the estuary. HEP decisions and activities are carried out by staff and partners organized through the committees and work groups.