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We the undersigned residents of Mill Street, Cross Street, and Tanners Lane ask the City of Hudson Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) to exercise prudence by not drawing undo attention to the City's only residential neighborhoods potentially impacted by climate-induced sea-level rise.The two, of course, are related.
In June 2016, a climate survey for Hudson prepared by the Hudson River Estuary Program reported that, by 2100, 120 households in Hudson might be impacted by sea-level rise: 38 with flooding; 82 with inundation.
The prediction is based on Scenic Hudson's sea-level rise projections, whose worst case scenario estimates sea-level rise to be 72 inches by 2100. There are other models that predict a future that is not quite so dire, and some believe that one of the more conservative models, one that does not predict flooding and inundation for 120 Hudson households in 2100, should be the one that informs the CAC's Open Space and Natural Resources Inventory.
It is feared by some that accepting the worse-case scenario that the sea levels will rise six feet in the next 83 years would have the immediate effect of new city government regulations and requirements, having to do with building materials and methods and flood insurance, being imposed on the residential properties most at risk of being impacted by sea-level rise.
For more information about the issue before the Conservation Advisory Council, visit the CAC website, Conservation Matters.COPYRIGHT 2017 CAROLE OSTERINK