State to Hold Sea-Level Rise 'Listening' Meetings

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has until Jan. 1 to adopt a regulation establishing a prodecure to make official sea-level rise projections, and the D.E.C. will hold a series of meetings to hear public comments on the project over the coming week.

The closest will be at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley on Tuesday starting at 1 p.m. D.E.C. staff will describe the requirements of the 2014 Community Risk and Resiliency Act and scientific information it is using to set up its sea-level rise program. The D.E.C. has said that these official sea-level rise projections will serve as the basis for far-reaching policy decisions and will be available to local governments concerned with coastal flooding and other threats.

Additional meetings will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Operation Splash in Freeport, Wednesday at Hunter College in Manhattan, and next Thursday in Albany at the D.E.C. headquarters. Those intending to be present for the Albany session have been asked to register in advance at climatechange@ dec.ny.gov. That meeting will also be available for online participation via WebEx and to those who would like to join by phone. Details are at dec.ny.gov.