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Communities at Risk in Wake of Failure to Address Rising Seas

Missions flown from the NASA base here have documented some of the most dramatic evidence of a warming planet over the past 20 years: the melting of polar ice, a force contributing to a global rise in ocean levels. The …

New York’s Staten Island Gets $56M to Control Future Flooding

New York officials say $33 million in federal Sandy relief will be going toward the purchase of about 24 acres on Staten Island to control future flooding. Sen. Charles Schumer and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the …

Bridgeport, Conn., Getting $10M to Help Protect City Against Coastal Flooding

Connecticut’s largest city is getting $10 million from the federal government to help protect it against another superstorm like Sandy in 2012. Bridgeport, Conn., officials told the Connecticut Post that the money will be used to engineer strategies to protect …

N.J. Awards $23.8M Contract to Build Steel Sea Wall in 2 Shore Towns

A northern New Jersey firm will get a $23.8 million contract to build a protective steel sea wall in two of the shore communities hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. The state’s Environmental Protection Department announced the deal with EIC Associates …

Massachusetts Bill Seeks to Create ‘Coastal Buyback Program’

A bill filed in Massachusetts Legislature last week would create a “coastal buyback program” allowing the state to purchase land that is repeatedly threatened by damaging tides or is located in flood plain areas. The program is part of a …

Vermont Already Preparing for the Next Big Storm

Vermont and federal officials Monday highlighted the state’s ongoing efforts to prepare for what is expected to be increasingly severe weather, most likely floods, in the coming years as the effects of a warming world continue to be felt. They …

FEMA: 17 New Jersey Towns Recognized for Reducing Their Flood Hazard Risk

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said 17 New Jersey municipalities are being recognized in two awards ceremonies this week for reducing their flood hazard risk through FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS). Residents in participating municipalities are eligible for incremental premium …

FEMA Grants Helping to Raise Flood-Prone R.I. Homes

The owners of eight flood-prone properties near Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly, R.I., are using federal grant funds to raise their homes and businesses high enough to minimize any future damage. The Westerly Sun reports that eight property owners are …

Hoboken, N.J., Aims to Become National Model for Flood Mitigation

The city of Hoboken, New Jersey, was nearly swallowed by the Hudson River during Superstorm Sandy last year. Three of its electrical substations and most of its firehouses flooded, businesses and homes were submerged, and people were trapped in high-rises …

Local Leaders Planning for Climate Effects

When it comes to climate change, local officials have a message for Washington: Lead or get out of the way. Local governments have long acted as first responders in emergencies and now are working to plan for sea level rise, …