While the impacts of Hurricane Sandy are still being assessed, people are talking about how to best prepare for future storm and tidal surges along coastlines. Increased wave action and flooding threaten safety as well as infrastructure, drinking water supplies, and much more.

According to the authors of On the Water: Palisade Bay, a coastal plan for the greater New York City region, "soft infrastructure" should be central to any strategy. Soft infrastructure refers to systems that mimic nature's methods for dealing with floodwaters, in contrast with "hard" engineering solutions. Their recommendations include:

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