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‘Optimistic for the Future’: East End Leaders Reflect on Future of Fight Against Climate Change

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A view of the flooding in Sag Harbor from Spring Street the day after Superstorm Sandy.   JOE LOUCHHEIM

A view of the flooding in Sag Harbor from Spring Street the day after Superstorm Sandy. JOE LOUCHHEIM

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A view of the flooding in Sag Harbor from Spring Street the day after Sandy.   JOE LOUCHHEIM

A view of the flooding in Sag Harbor from Spring Street the day after Sandy. JOE LOUCHHEIM

Marine Park in East Quogue is flooded during Superstorm Sandy.  DANA SHAW

Marine Park in East Quogue is flooded during Superstorm Sandy. DANA SHAW

A  sailboat lay sunken at the west end of Marine Park in Sag Harbor during hurricane Sandy on Monday, October 29th, 2012.   MICHAEL HELLER

A sailboat lay sunken at the west end of Marine Park in Sag Harbor during hurricane Sandy on Monday, October 29th, 2012. MICHAEL HELLER

The roiling surf at the end of Town Line Road in Sagaponack as a storm approaches.  DANA SHAW

The roiling surf at the end of Town Line Road in Sagaponack as a storm approaches. DANA SHAW

Soundview Drive in Montauk is pummeled by waves during a storm.

Soundview Drive in Montauk is pummeled by waves during a storm.

The storm surge breached and poured onto the roadway at 221 Gerard Drive during Tropical Storm Henri, August 22, 2021.   MICHAEL HELLER

The storm surge breached and poured onto the roadway at 221 Gerard Drive during Tropical Storm Henri, August 22, 2021. MICHAEL HELLER

Flooding in Noyac during a storm.

Flooding in Noyac during a storm.

A portion of Dune Road is closed due to rising water.

A portion of Dune Road is closed due to rising water.

A view down into the roiling surf in Montauk during Sandy.   KYRIL BROMLEY

A view down into the roiling surf in Montauk during Sandy. KYRIL BROMLEY

East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc

East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc

Southampton Town Councilman John Bouvier

Southampton Town Councilman John Bouvier

Sag Harbor Mayor Jim Larocca. MICHAEL HELLER

Sag Harbor Mayor Jim Larocca. MICHAEL HELLER

Laura Tooman, executive director of the Concerned Citizens of Montauk. DANA SHAW

Laura Tooman, executive director of the Concerned Citizens of Montauk. DANA SHAW

Kevin McAllister, founder and CEO of Defend H2O

Kevin McAllister, founder and CEO of Defend H2O

Mark Haubner, co-founder of Drawdown East End

Mark Haubner, co-founder of Drawdown East End

Alison Branco, acting director of climate adaptation for The Nature Conservancy New York. COURTESY THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

Alison Branco, acting director of climate adaptation for The Nature Conservancy New York. COURTESY THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman

authorMichelle Trauring on Dec 21, 2022
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