‘Mother Nature’ bonds proposed at critical time for New York’s climate resilience, backers say

March, 2020

If voters cooperate, in less than a year New York could begin girding for climate change with a well-funded wave of projects designed to protect the state’s woods, wildlife, waters and communities from increasingly severe storms and shifting weather patterns.

But that gives little time to prepare, so state officials are blanketing the state, gathering feedback and explaining what projects will be eligible for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s planned $3 billion Restore Mother Nature Bond Act. The measure must first pass the Assembly and would then go to the voters in November. Funding would begin in the winter of 2021.

A bond-act roundtable, sponsored by Adirondack North Country Association, came to Lake Placid Monday, attracting conservationists, government officials, planners and other interested parties.

“We believe people will respond strongly and realize how critical it is to protect our resources,” said Alicia Barton, president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. “We have reached a critical moment in staving off the worst effects of climate change.”

Read the full article in the Adirondack Explorer.