Consider climate risk of potentially eligible projects for the Drinking Water Revolving Fund.

Statutory Language: 

CRRA § 13: “Section 1161 of the public health law, as added by chapter  413 of the laws of 1996, is amended to read as follows:

§   1161. Eligible projects;  priority  ranking.  Subject to the provisions of section thirty-two of the chapter  of  the  laws  of  1996 which added this section, in consultation with the commissioner of environmental  conservation, the commissioner shall establish and maintain a list of potentially eligible projects and shall establish,  pursuant  to rules  and  regulations,  a  process  for  listing  potentially eligible projects identified by  potential  recipients  and  a  priority  ranking system  for  the purpose of providing financial assistance to recipients for such projects under this title.  In establishing such   system, the commissioner  shall  take into account the public health significance of such potentially eligible projects which shall include, but need not  be limited  to,  an  assessment of
(i) public health and safety;
(ii) population affected;
(iii) attainment of state drinking water quality  goals and  standards;
(iv)  taking  into  consideration  the  water resources management strategy pursuant to title twenty-nine of article fifteen  of the environmental conservation law;
(v) taking into consideration future physical  climate risk due to sea level rise, and/or storm surges and/or flooding, based on available data predicting the  likelihood  of  future extreme  weather events, including hazard risk analysis data if applicable; and [(v)]
(vi) compliance with state and  federal  law,  rules  and regulations."