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Sep 15, 2015 5:06 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton Seeks Coastal Resiliency Study

East Hampton Town officials are seeking protections from coastal storms. KYRIL BROMLEY
Sep 15, 2015 5:23 PM

East Hampton Town will use some $435,000 in state grants over the next year to study and develop a strategy for regulating future development near low-lying areas of coastline, an effort to minimize the impact of future severe storms, like Superstorm Sandy, on the town.

Town officials hope the study will help the town craft a plan of action for mitigating impacts but also expedite the securing of aid money for recovery efforts when a severe storm does impact the region.

At this Thursday’s meeting, the Town Board is expected to issue a request for proposals from engineering companies to assist the town in developing a coastal assessment and resiliency plan. The plan will assess which parts of the town are most vulnerable to impacts from severe storms and help craft policies for mitigating those impacts in the future.

The study will be paid for with a $250,000 grant from the New York State Department of State.

“They will be identifying what our areas of risk are, so that we can adapt and move out of harm’s way if we have to,” Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc said on Monday. “And, in the event of a major storm, the places that have these kinds of plans in place are the first places to get recovery money.”

Mr. Van Scoyoc noted that the process for the development of the plan requires that members of the general public be consulted and involved in the crafting of policy recommendations.

Part and parcel with the resiliency study, the town will use $185,000 in grants to conduct topographical surveys of the town’s coastline, creating detailed maps that can show where storm surge and wind-driven waves could impact developed regions, particularly as overall sea levels continue to gradually rise in coming decades, as expected, due to global warming.

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