New Hampshire Setting SAIL (Science, Assessment, Implementation, and Legislation) Project

The New Hampshire Setting SAIL (Science, Assessment, Implementation, and Legislation) project supports state and local implementation of recommendations from the New Hampshire Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission’s (NHCRHC) report, Preparing New Hampshire for Projected Storm Surge, Sea-level Rise, and Extreme Precipitation, through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The New Hampshire Coastal Program (NHCP) leads the project through a public-private partnership with the New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (NHCAW). NHCP and NHCAW conduct outreach and provide technical assistance to prepare New Hampshire for climate change by assisting in state and local project implementation, outreach to state government agencies, and general coordination.

The Setting SAIL project conducts education and outreach, provides technical assistance, and awards small grants along three tracks. First, NHCP, NHCAW, and other project partners conduct outreach among New Hampshire’s coastal municipalities and state agencies to educate them about the NHCRHC’s report and assess their priorities and abilities to take action. Second, project partners provide technical assistance to municipalities to implement the NHCRHC’s recommendations. For instance, through the project, the City of Dover drafted a Climate Adaptation Chapter for its City Master Plan. Third, Setting SAIL helps state agencies comply with Senate Bill (SB) 452 that requires them to “conduct an audit of law governing coastal regions” and then identify “appropriate actions” to better prepare for climate-related risks, such as storm surges, sea-level rise, and precipitation events. Setting SAIL staff are also helping to identify and inventory agency assets vulnerable to storm surges and sea-level rise. Collectively, these three project tracks are intended to carry out the NHCRHC’s recommendations and make New Hampshire more resilient.

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