In November 2017, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) jumped into the waters with other coastal states by publishing the final version of the Department’s guidance document, Living Shorelines Techniques in the Marine District of New York State. See New York State Dep’t of Envtl. Conservation, Tidal Wetlands Guidance Document: Living Shoreline Techniques in the Marine District of New York State (2017), available at http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/fish_marine_pdf/dmrlivingshoreguide.pdf (hereinafter LS Guidance). Three years of staff time culminated in New York’s soft answer to coastal flooding in today’s era of superstorms, sea level rise, and crowded coastal development.
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