The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) administers the National Floodplain Insurance Program (NFIP), where the CRS is available for communities to adopt. There are 1,500 NFIP participating communities in New York and 34 of those communities are participating in the CRS. Though the CRS program is voluntary, there are a number of agencies involved in mitigation efforts in New York, including the New York DEC, the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES), and Department of State (DOS) – home to NY’s CZM Program – which are all still continuing the development of mitigation efforts. For instance, the New York Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) was established to provide assistance to 124 New York communities on resiliency and recovery in response to Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee. It is managed by the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, and the DOS provided staff to support the effort. The DEC is also encouraging communities to participate in the CRS through their Climate Smart Communities (CSC) certification program. CSC is a program that works to guide voluntary efforts from communities on climate actions, including reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) – which, in turn, enables communities to become recognized for their high performance and leadership.
Under the Waterfront Revitalization of Coastal Areas and Inland Waterways Act, the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) encourages local governments to develop or amend a planning document that addresses issues that affect a community’s waterfront. Some of the efforts that NY is 18 currently using to address waterfront issues includes preparation or updates to the LWRP to encourage the assessment of climate risk, including flood risk. Buffers and overlays may be recommended as land use measures to reduce flood risk.