Public Comment Period Open for New Flood Risk Documents

Posted on: June 29th, 2018 by Brent Gotsch

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation¬†(DEC)¬†is now accepting public comment on two flood-risk management documents. The “State Flood Risk Management Guidance” document and the “Guidance for Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Assessment” document can be downloaded and reviewed by visiting the NYSDEC webpage dedicated to the Community Risk and Resiliency Act (CRRA). The deadline for public comments is August 20. Comments should be submitted by email to and include “CRRA Comments” in the subject line or by mailing written comments to DEC, Office of Climate Change, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1030.

The guidance documents describe how sea-level rise and riverine flooding projections adopted by NYSDEC in 2017 should be incorporated into project design in specified facility-siting, permitting, and funding programs. The CRRA Act seeks to address issues related to climate change in New York State by adopting official sea-level rise projections; consider sea-level rise, storm surge and flooding for applicants of certain programs; implement smart growth public infrastructure policy; provide guidance on natural resiliency measures; and develop model local laws concerning climate risk.

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