Massachusetts StormSmart Coasts Program

StormSmart Coasts is a program for coastal management decision makers and communities, providing the latest and best information on coastal weather and climate hazards. The successful launch of the Massachusetts StormSmart Coasts initiative in 2008 led to the development of a national network in 2009. The network is a partnership of coastal decision makers supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center, Northeast Regional Ocean Council, Gulf of Mexico Alliance, and others which represent the StormSmart Coasts Network.

The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) developed the StormSmart Coasts program to:

1.  Assist communities and people working and living on the coast by providing information, strategies, and tools to help address challenges arising from erosion, flooding, storms, sea level rise, and other climate change impacts.

2.  Promote effective management of coastal landforms, such as beaches and dunes.

Major StormSmart Coasts initiatives include:

  • Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Pilot Grant Program
  • Coastal Community Resilience Grant Program
  • StormSmart Communities
  • StormSmart Properties
  • Shoreline change project

The StormSmart Coasts website provides information on how to address the challenges arising from storms, floods, sea level rise, and climate change, and provides a menu of tools for coastal floodplain management. Although the site focuses on Massachusetts, the links (and sub-links) under "StormSmart Coasts Building Blocks" and "Background and Resources" are useful for state and local governments for all coastal states.

Resources on the website range from legal analysis of "No Adverse Impact", to guidance on how to interpret FIRMs, to an example bylaw for accommodating projected sea level rise in development. "Building Block" resource categories include: hazard identification and mapping, planning, regulations and development standards, shore protection, infrastructure, emergency services, and education and outreach.

Publication Date: 2008

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