Coastal Management in the Face of Rising Seas: Legal Strategies for Connecticut

This article examines legal strategies to help state and local governments reconcile these governance challenges when adapting to sea level rise (SLR). In the context of Connecticut state law, this article examines how land use regulations can be used to ensure that coastal development is more resilient to SLR impacts and less harmful to coastal ecosystems.

The article provides case studies of two different approaches to SLR adaptation developed in two nearby states, a local approach developed for Maryland, and a state-level approach implemented in Rhode Island. Each approach is then tested against Connecticut law to determine (1) what measures are legally feasible in Connecticut, (2) what measures can be implemented immediately given existing authorities and what measures will require additional delegations or amendments to existing statutes or regulations, and (3) what level of government is best suited to implement the different measures (state or local).


This case study was published in the Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal Vol. 5, No. 1 in the summer of 2012.





Publication Date: August 2, 2012

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