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Feb 9, 2010 6:57 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton looks to create climate change action plan

Feb 9, 2010 6:57 PM

Houses along East Hampton’s coastlines aren’t yet inundated by the sea, the Napeague stretch isn’t underwater and sea level measured in marshes here is climbing too slowly to quantify in the near term, but climate change planning could be coming soon to East Hampton Town Hall.

Town Board members last Tuesday heard from Dennis Mildner of the New York State Department of State’s Division of Coastal Resources, who urged the town to take advantage of state grants to complete a plan for how East Hampton will take action on and adapt to climate change.

“You would be the first community on Long Island to do such a study, and that would be appropriate,” he told the board at the February 2 work session. He added that because East Hampton is surrounded on three sides by water, it is among the most vulnerable communities in the state.

The grants, which are a 50/50 matching grant that can be matched by hours worked by town employees, are administered through the Environmental Protection Fund to towns and villages that have Local Waterfront Revitalization Plans. East Hampton’s LWRP was finished in 2007 and was approved by the federal government at the end of 2008.

Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson and Town Board member Julia Prince, who has been pushing green initiatives since she began her term on the board in 2008, were both particularly intrigued by the plan, though all members of the board said they were supportive.

Town Natural Resources Director Larry Penny, who was at the meeting, said that as a nationally certified floodplain manager, he would be delighted to take the project on. Planning Department Director Marguerite Wolffsohn also said at the meeting that she thought the Planning Department could handle the task.

Mr. Mildner said that many templates for the study are available through his office. In addition, the City of Albany’s Planning Department completed a comprehensive sustainability and climate change plan last year, in addition to an LWRP update, with funding of $130,000 through the grant program. Grant applications are traditionally due in September, though the new grant cycle has not been announced yet this year.

This potential project is not the first of East Hampton’s sustainability-
oriented actions. Last June, the Concerned Citizens of Montauk and the Group for the East End paid $600 for state-of-the-art carbon footprint 
mapping software from the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, to be implemented by the town.

Albany implemented the same carbon footprint-mapping program in its comprehensive plan, which included a bicycle master plan and elements designed to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. “Let’s get that started,” said Ms. Prince.

Mr. Mildner also told the Town Board that nine areas in East Hampton, totalling 25,000 acres, are slated to be designated as “scenic areas of statewide significance.” He said that a list of the areas would be released by the state within one to two weeks.

“We should feel proud about having 25,000 acres,” said Mr. Wilkinson.

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Good for East Hampton. Everyone should read James Hansen's, "Storms of My Granchidren."
By number19 (107), Westhampton on Feb 12, 10 2:41 PM
"aren’t yet inundated by the sea" Yet implies that it will happen, but the wild, baseless claims that Al Gore and others have made about the dire consequences of too much carbon in the atmosphere have been proven by reality to be utterly without merit. In fact, a new article just published by Dr. Schwartz of BNL seeks to explain why the predicted warming simply hasn't happened. The computer models have been wrong. The data is inaccurate. The UN report is full of misleading, out and out false statements. ...more
By RichardBlumenthal (24), Westhampton Beach on Feb 12, 10 4:27 PM
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Mr. Blumenthal, I am so glad you did not get elected. Only the most insane, stubborn, and moronic among us would ever deny climate change.
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Apr 11, 11 3:36 PM
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Thousands of the world's most respected scientists say global warming is real and human's are a major contributing factor, yet the far-right always points to one or two who disagree and claim they are correct.

Folks like Mr. Blumenthal are too committed to their right-wing ideology and corporate interests to act in any way to help solve a very real problem.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Apr 11, 11 4:43 PM
Climate change...21st Century dragon quests, the carbon sequestration the modern search for witches and there magic. Carbon footpint, the troll under the bridge. Over the last 420,000 years there have been four full glacial to interglacial cycles without human help. Explane to me how you could have prevented these cycles or moderated these cycles to the ideal steady state climate, and tell me what the ideal climate might be! After that, we might have an intelegent conversation, Otherwise note ...more
By Lost Tribe (66), East Hampton on Feb 12, 10 4:28 PM
Junk science!
By RemembertheDucks (54), Eastport on Feb 12, 10 9:24 PM
Funny how they make it sound like FREE MONEY. It's wasted tax dollars, on a project nobody needs. If you want to be an Al Gore flunky, raise your own Green, and keep you hands out of my pocket! Do all the studies you want, when Hugo or Katrina hit Long Island, Montauk will be an island, and all your studies will go out to sea with Nappeague, Fire Island, and Dune Rd.

People make plans, and God laughs...
By BGinEH (15), East Hampton on Feb 13, 10 8:27 AM
The climate change denialists on this page are simply wrong. for every 1 climate change denialists there are 9 climate scientists warning us about climate change. Most of the denialist specialists are paid flunkies of the fossil fuel industries. There was an article in the NYT the other day about the chair if the IPCC and who was the denialist quoted inthe article. a political scientist, not a REAL scientist.

I assume everyone here has heard of the "scientific method?" If not it posits ...more
By number19 (107), Westhampton on Feb 13, 10 9:24 AM
Lost Tribe, no kidding about your point about the interglacial periods. You should read Hansen's book to understand these interglacial periods. There is no doubt that the earth has intermittently cooled and warmed. Where we live was under a kilometer-thick layer of ice. That is not the issue, the issue is that there have been climate "forcings", some provided by nature. The issue is now humans are providing/contributing to the forcing.

An analysis of air bubbles trapped in ice sheets reveals ...more
By number19 (107), Westhampton on Feb 13, 10 9:40 AM
Not to be an alarmist, but in a short 2.5 billion years the sun is going to engulf the earth. Nothing anyone can do about that. The contribution mankind does to "climate change" is negligible next to the forces of nature.
By RemembertheDucks (54), Eastport on Feb 13, 10 11:19 AM
Sea level goes up about 1.6 mm per year. LI rises from glacial isostatic rebound by about 2.4 mm per year. In 100 years we'll have risen up out of the sea by 8cm more than the sea went up. We're "golden" no matter the cause, nqatural or anthropogenic.

Manbearpig has taken $100,000,000 to the bank since he left office 9 years ago. GET IT? If not go to the contrarian sites and learn the physics of the greenhouse effect that makes life here possible. 95% from water vapot THREE PERCENT from ...more
By Lost Tribe (66), East Hampton on Feb 13, 10 10:14 PM
Well this is an inconvenient truth....I know we can call it Climate change in stead of global warming. ya that should work.

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By joe hampton (3109), south hampton on Feb 14, 10 11:36 AM
City of Albany Climate change plan. I can't stop laughing!!!!
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Feb 14, 10 9:31 PM
It's over. Dr. Phil Jones fessed up. No "Warming" since 1995. And more. It is an article today from the Brit. paper the Mail online. The true believers won't give up, tho, just watch.
By Lost Tribe (66), East Hampton on Feb 14, 10 9:49 PM
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What do we do if the climate changes back??????????
By montaukman (98), easthampton on Feb 16, 10 7:32 PM
Does anyone hear the purse jingling here? This will require matching contribution from the Town...that means your tax dollars. Now is not the time to be spending my money on theoretical plans for a municipal government. Don't you dare!
By ehboardwatcher2010 (21), sag harbor on Feb 17, 10 12:37 PM
If "change" comes back? Turn on the A/C or heat as the case may be!
By Lost Tribe (66), East Hampton on Feb 17, 10 3:50 PM
Do we even know what the "change" is? Is it global warming? Or global cooling? Or what? Maybe the forestry consultants would have a better idea than I do.
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