The Waterfront Alliance inspires and effects resilient coastlines accessible to all communities. The Waterfront Alliance began as a project of The Municipal Art Society of New York. It became an independent organization in 2007 when a group of leading activists, businesses, foundations and civic organizations came together with the goal of making the New York and New Jersey Harbor a shared resource for all. Since then, the Waterfront Alliance has grown into a coalition of more than 1,000 organizations working together to achieve real change to the region’s waterways and 700 miles (1,126 kilometres) of shoreline. In 2018, the Waterfront Alliance stepped into a new and critical leadership role to define the New York and New Jersey Harbor’s response to sea level rise and coastal storms.