This week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hosted the first meeting of community leaders and the Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI), where he announced up to $300 million in funding available for communities impacted by Lake Ontario flooding.
The Governor also announced the launch of a new website to help local leaders and members of communities experiencing flooding to seek immediate help from the state. On the site, residents can obtain information ranging from how to request resources, to lake level data, to permitting and grant information.
Basil Seggos, Commissioner of New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation, remarked that the increasing intensity and frequency of storms and ongoing issues created by a changing climate “continue to challenge those of us who love the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence region and want to see it thrive. That is why Governor Cuomo directed DEC and other members of REDI to prioritize the protection of our coastal communities and their infrastructure by developing a comprehensive agenda to improve shoreline resiliency.”
To learn more about the effort, click here.