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Congresswoman Claudia Tenney: DEC Must Take Action to Protect New Yorkers from Future Flooding Damage

DEC’s Restrictive Rules Prevent Communities and Homeowners from Preparing for Heavy Rainfall

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Washington, October 31, 2017 | comments
Today, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) called on the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to implement sustainable flood mitigation to protect upstate New Yorkers. In a letter to the DEC Commissioner, Rep. Tenney requested that the agency provide information on work being undertaken to address infrastructure issues and implement flood mitigation measures to prevent future damage as a result of flooding. 

Rep. Tenney’s letter follows another weekend of severe weather in upstate New York that caused communities in Oswego County to declare a state of emergency.

“Following July’s devastating flooding, I called on the DEC to work closely with communities to implement more sustainable and effective flood mitigation, but many residents have expressed frustration in the lack of response. It’s time that the DEC provide our communities with the answers they need. If the agency fails to address these very serious infrastructure issues, our communities will continue to face devastating damages,” said Congresswoman Tenney. “Additionally, the DEC’s onerous rules, most notably Article 15, have restricted the ability of property owners and municipalities to take commonsense mitigation steps necessary to prevent future damage.”

Rep. Tenney has been actively involved in these issues as a state official in the New York State Assembly and remains concerned about the DEC’s interpretation of Article 15 regulations concerning the state’s streams and waterways. Rep. Tenney has called on the DEC to emphasize the importance of placing the safety of the human environment as the state’s top priority.

In early September, Governor Cuomo requested a major disaster declaration in response to July’s devastating storms that impacted 15 counties in New York State, including 7 counties in the 22nd District. Rep. Tenney immediately called on President Trump to grant this request.

Read Rep. Tenney’s letter below.

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