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Expert predicts river could rise six feet by 2100

Oct 25, 2013 8:14 am
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="282"] Potential impact of sea level rise on Hudson, Athens and Greenport.
(Scenic Hudson via the Register Star)[/caption]

John Mason is reporting in the Register Star an expert is warning the Hudson River could rise between three and six feet over the next 87 years. Sacha Spector, the director of conservation science for Scenic Hudson spoke to the Hudson Common Council Legal Committee Wed., Oct. 23, presenting information about land use and planning tools for addressing these eventualities. He said the moderate scenario is a three-foot rise in the river level by the end of the century, putting more than 40 homes at risk of inundation. The worst case scenario would threaten 82 homes on more than 88 acres of land as the result of a six-foot rise in the river by the year 2100. Spector recommended several tools for community use, including the Adaptation Took Kit, from the Georgetown Climate Center, and he also suggested inviting a FEMA representative to town to help clarify the community rating program, and the changes that are under way with the federal flood insurance program. The Council will vote next month on the creation of a Conservation Advisory Committee, which will take on matters related to sea level rise, the landfill cap, storm water and energy efficiency. Read the full story in the Register Star.
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