New Hampshire SB 374: Requiring the Department of Environmental Services to update coastal flooding trends

New Hampshire Senate Bill 374, effective July 19, 2016, requires the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Service (DES) to convene a multi-agency group to update and summarize coastal flooding trends every five years, based on sea-level rise, extreme precipitation and storm surge projections.

The Commissioner of DES will convene representatives of the Department of Transportation, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Office of Energy and Planning, and other agencies, at least every five years commencing July 1, 2019, to supervise an update to the storm surge, sea-level rise, precipitation, and other relevant projections recommended in the coastal risks and hazards commission 2014 report "Sea-Level Rise, Storm Surges, and Extreme Precipitation in Coastal New Hampshire: Analysis of Past and Projected Trends." This report was prepared by the Science and Technical Advisory Panel of the New Hampshire Coastal Risks and Hazards Commission. The Commission is developing an updated version focused on projected storm surge, sea level rise and extreme precipitation. 

The coastal flooding report as required by HB 374 is to be distributed to all state agencies, municipalities in the coastal and Great Bay region, the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of the Senate, and the chairs of the House and Senate committees with jurisdiction over issues related to such projections.

Publication Date: May 20, 2016

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  • New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
  • State of New Hampshire

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