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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.