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For Release: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

DEC Announces Sea-level Rise Projection Meetings

Public Comments to Help Develop Regulation

The public will have an opportunity to comment on projections of future sea-level rise at four public information and listening meetings the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. The Community Risk and Resiliency Act (CRRA), signed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in September 2014, requires DEC to adopt a regulation establishing official state sea-level rise projections by January 1, 2016. CRRA also requires DEC and other state agencies to develop guidance on implementation of CRRA by January 1, 2017.

DEC staff will present background on the Community Risk and Resiliency Act, and scientific information DEC is considering as it develops its regulation to establish sea-level rise projections. Participants will have the opportunity to provide additional input for DEC's consideration before it proposes a draft sea-level rise projection regulation. Additional information on CRRA and the sea-level rise projection regulation is available.

The meeting dates and locations are as follows:

Tuesday, June 23: 1:00 p.m. at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 340 Smith Road, Shirley, Suffolk County

Tuesday, June 23: 7:00 p.m. at Operation Splash, 202 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport, Nassau County

Wednesday, June 24: 10:00 a.m. at Hunter College, West Building, Room 511, 67th St. and Lexington Ave., New York City New York County

Thursday, June 25: 2:30 p.m. at DEC headquarters, Room 129, 625 Broadway, Albany, Albany County

Individuals planning to attend the June 25 meeting in Albany are asked to pre-register by e-mailing climatechange@dec.ny.gov or calling 518-402-8448. Failure to pre-register may result in delayed entry to the meeting. Those attending must present photographic identification.

DEC will make the June 25 meeting in Albany accessible via webinar service. Instructions for accessing the webinar.

For further information, contact Mark Lowery, Office of Climate Change, (518) 402-8448 or e-mail Mark.Lowery@dec.ny.gov.

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