New York CRS Highlights

The New York State Coastal Management Program (CZMP) within the Department of State partners with the Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, state and federal partners, and coastal communities to support flood mitigation activities credited through the CRS. 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 CZMP encourages communities to participate in the CRS through the Climate Smart Communities (CSC) certification program, which provides guidance for voluntary climate adaptation and hazard mitigation actions.

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. The CZMP supports updates to LWRPs to incorporate hazard and climate risk assessment and adoption of land use mitigation strategies such as stream buffers and flood overlays.