Statement from The Nature Conservancy on the Release of New York State Flood Risk Management Guidance

Albany, NY

Today, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released State Flood Risk Management Guidance, a critical step in the implementation of the Community Risk and Resiliency Act and furthers New York's commitment to reducing flooding vulnerability across New York.

Stuart F. Gruskin, New York chief conservation and external affairs officer for The Nature Conservancy, issued the following statement:

“Our climate is changing, and it’s essential we protect our communities by preparing for sea level rise, flooding, and storm surges. We commend Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) for developing State Flood Risk Management Guidance. This critical guidance will enable state agencies to prepare for future risks such as more frequent storms, rising seas, and inland and coastal flooding across New York.

We applaud the work of NYSDEC in developing this guidance to help our communities prepare. When we take future risk into account, we can better protect our people, businesses, and infrastructure. By releasing this guidance, Governor Cuomo continues his leadership in creating a safer and more resilient New York.”

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