New York Officials Propose Regulations for Projecting Rises in Sea Level

November 3, 2015

New York conservation officials are proposing regulations for establishing official state projections of rising sea levels.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says the projections will reflect the best science available and will help coastal communities better prepare for extreme weather.

That has included flooding for Long Island and New York City, with some damage from Superstorm Sandy three years ago still being repaired.

Public comments on the proposed regulations will be accepted through Dec. 28 after they’re published in the State Register.

The regulations are proposed under the state law enacted in 2014 that requires applicants for certain permits and funding to demonstrate they’ve considered future risks due to sea-level rises, flooding and storm surges.

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