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2018-07-11 / News

Flood Risk Management Guidance Comments Sought

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced the release of two flood-risk management guidance documents for public review. The documents were developed under the Community Risk and Resiliency Act (CRRA), which requires applicants for some state permits, state funding and certain facility-siting regulations to consider future physical climate risk due to sea-level rise, storm surge and flooding.

The proposed guidance also addresses the approval funding of public infrastructure, and CRRA added mitigation of these hazards to the state’s list of smart-growth criteria for public infrastructure.

There will be three public meetings for public information and comment, to provide the public with opportunities to learn about and comment on these guidance documents. The meeting closest to this area will be on Thursday, July 19, at 2 p.m. at DEC Headquarters in Albany, 625 Broadway, room 919. At these meetings, DEC will present information on CRRA and review recommended flood-risk management guidelines. Attendees are required to pre-register by email: climatechange@dec.ny.gov, or call 518-402-8448. The Albany meeting will also accessible online via webinar. Instructions for accessing the webinar are available on the DEC CRRA webpage.

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