The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) submits to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) our comments concerning proposed regulation, 6 NYCRR Part 490 – Projected Sea Level Rise.
Adaptation and sustainable planning are needed to minimize the impacts of climate change, including sea level rise. As the State’s climate preparedness planning efforts move forward, providing clear guidance on how state agencies must address likely sea level rise in their financing and permitting decisions is crucial. The Community Risk and Resiliency Act was enacted to encourage advanced planning for the effects of climate change. Thus, once the proposed sea level rise projections are adopted, the actions and responsibilities specific state agencies will take to address climate risks must be clearly articulated.