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Albany County planning for climate change

Feb 06, 2023 12:47 pm

Noah Zweifel reports in the Altamont Enterprise that Albany County is recommending more than 20 projects to mitigate climate-change impacts locally in its draft climate resiliency plan. In 270 pages, there are 20 long-term, large-scale projects and several smaller-scale projects in the plan. “The threats [of weather] are not new,” Albany County’s Economic Development and Sustainability Coordinator Luke Rogers said at a recent public-input meeting. “It’s the frequency and severity that has increased over time, and we see that nationwide. We see it globally. There’s a lot we can do to fight climate change — we take seriously reducing our emissions — but that is really a regional, national, and global issue. Arguably, on the resilience front, there’s even more that we can do to directly prepare the county to address and be ready for these climate threats when they do arise.” Albany County identified towns along the bank of the Hudson River, and the City of Albany and at high risk. Coeymans, in southern Albany County, has the greatest degree of risk over the largest area, with the entire town appearing to be at moderate risk or greater. Heat and flooding are the largest risks identified in the report. Many of the projects proposed in the plan are shifting to more renewable practices, and are already taking place. Expanding the county-wide trail network; building out the county’s network of rain and stream gauges; and electrify the county’s vehicle fleet are among the recommendations. Read more about this story in the Altamont Enterprise.

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