The State of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Program - Red Book

Section 145 of the Coastal Resources Management Program, Climate Change and Sea Level Rise, was adopted on January 15, 2008. This section presents the scientific findings of sea-level rise and implications to the state of Rhode Island.

A primary policy outlined in the amendment includes a directive, under existing legislative authorities, for the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) to review its policies, plans, and regulations to proactively plan for and adapt to climate change and sea-level rise. The policy also calls for the Council to integrate climate change and sea-level rise scenarios into its operations. 

A second policy establishes a base rate of expected sea-level rise of 3-5 feet by 2100. This base rate is to be used in the siting, design, and implementation of public and private coastal activities and to insure proactive stewardship of coastal ecosystems under these changing conditions.

The development of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Program was undertaken in 1973, approved by the CRMC in 1977, and federally-approved in 1978. In 1983, its first five chapters were replaced by this document, commonly referred to as the “Redbook.” This 2008 amendment document replaces Chapters 1 through 5 of the program adopted by the CRMC in 1977.

As of January 2018, the following Notice appears on the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Program website

"The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Program (RICRMP), or Red Book, has been reformatted in accordance with the RI Code of Regulations (RICR) and its specified format. This reformatted Red Book was adopted by the CRMC Council on October 24, 2017, and became effective November 29, 2017. Upon adoption of this RICR formatted Red Book and amendments, the existing Red Book is superseded in its entirety. For ease of use and transitioning to the new format, each of the newly formatted sections references the previous section numbers and labels."


Publication Date: January 15, 2008

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