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Coastal Sector Adaptation Strategies

This tab includes strategies for how to adapt to climate impacts in the coastal sector, including best practices and legal and policy analysis.

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Miami-Dade (Florida) Sea Level Rise Task Force Report and Recommendations

July 1, 2014

The Miami-Dade Sea Level Rise Task Force was created by the Miami-Dade County Commission in July 2013 to assess the potential impacts of sea level rise for future development planning, and was charged with providing a comprehensive assessment of the impacts of sea level rise and storm surge on the region over time.

Related Organizations: Miami-Dade County Climate Change Advisory Task Force (CCATF), Miami-Dade County, Florida

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Assessing the Legal Toolbox for Sea Level Rise Adaptation in Delaware: Options and Challenges for Regulators, Policymakers, Property Owners, and the Public

May 21, 2014

From the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at Widener Law, this report reviews the legal tools available for sea level rise adaptation in the State of Delaware, and analyzes the legal issues related to the use of each tool. The report also discusses the current status of the tools under Delaware law, and provides recommendations for changes needed in Delaware law to make them more effective.

Related Organizations: Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at Widener Law, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kenneth T. Kristl, Harry Cook, Rebecca Drowos, William Eppler, Joshua Grajewski, Kari Hassett, Jay Patel, Adam Wojewodzki, Justin Forcier

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

July 2012

This article published in the Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal examines two sea-level rise adaptation approaches that could be applied in Connecticut: a local-level approach using zoning and floodplain regulations, and state-level approach modeled after cutting-edge sea level rise regulations adopted by neighboring Rhode Island. For each method, the authors examine what measures can be implemented now given existing legal authorities delegated to state agencies and municipalities; what measures will require additional delegations or amendments to existing statutes or regulations; and what level of government is best suited to implement different measures (state or local).

Related Organizations: National Sea Grant Law Center, Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jessica Grannis, Julia Wyman

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Climate Change and the Puget Sound: Building the Legal Framework for Adaptation

June 2011

'Climate Change and the Puget Sound: Building a Legal Framework for Adaptation,' from the Center for Progressive Reform, identifies both foundational principles and specific strategies for climate change adaptation across the Puget Sound Basin.  This manual provides an analysis of adaptation options within the existing legal and regulatory framework in Washington state.

Related Organizations: Center for Progressive Reform

Authors or Affiliated Users: Robert L. Glicksman, Catherine O’Neill, Yee Huang, William L. Andreen, Robin Kundis Craig, Victor B. Flatt, William Funk, Dale Goble, Alice Kaswan, Robert R.M. Verchick

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Stemming the Tide: How Local Governments Can Manage Rising Flood Risks

May 2010

This case study analyzes Virginia local governments' authority to use existing land use powers to adapt to the impacts of sea-level rise and flooding. Specifically, this study looks at local authority to implement policy options identified in Virginia’s Climate Action Plan. State and local government officials in other states may find the study helpful in determining how local government land use powers in their states may be used as part of a climate adaptation plan. .

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Shoreline Impacts, Setback Policy and Sea Level Rise - Hawaii

April 2009

Published by the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP) at the University of Hawaii's Sea Grant program, this project analyzed legislation proposed to change Hawaii's coastal setback laws. ICAP prepared this whitepaper at the request of then Senator Shan Tsutsui, whose office sought a technical evaluation of Senate Bill 468 (relating to shoreline setbacks). ICAP finds that SB 468 as originally introduced would have a beneficial net impact on coastal resiliency for the State of Hawai‘i.

Related Organizations: Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy, Hawaii Sea Grant, University of Hawaii

Authors or Affiliated Users: Dennis Hwang, Maxine Burkett

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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New Frameworks for Managing Dynamic Coasts: Legal and Policy Tools for Adapting U.S. Coastal Zone Management to Climate Change

June 2008

This paper, published in the Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal, identifies policy and governance reforms that could make coastal communities and ecosystems more resilient to the effects of sea level rise.

Related Organizations: Environmental Law Institute (ELI)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Sandra S. Nichols, Carl Bruch

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Assessment of Redefining Florida's Coastal High Hazard Area

January 2008

This report examines how a 2006 legislative change to Coastal High Hazard Area (CHHA) policies of HB 1359 changed the CHHA boundaries and may compromise resiliency and land development in Florida's coastal communities, particularly in light of concerns regarding climate change and sea-level rise.

Related Organizations: Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at FAU, Florida Hurricane Alliance

Authors or Affiliated Users: James F. Murley, Ana Puszkin Chevlin, Ann-Margaret Esnard, Rachel Kalin

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Rising Seas, Coastal Erosion, and the Takings Clause: How to Save Wetlands and Beaches Without Hurting Property Owners 

1998

This law review article discusses ways in which states can protect their public trust lands from sea-level rise while remaining respectful of property owners' rights and investments. The article examines land use planning options by which coastal states might retain some of their public trust tidelands 'in perpetuity' no matter how much the sea rises, at least in areas that have not yet been developed.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Author or Affiliated User: James Titus

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Local Land Use Response to Sea Level Rise

This report summarizes selected local land use ordinances and regulations that include specific mention of sea level rise or that incorporate appropriate policy responses that may be used to address sea level rise. While developed for The Nature Conservancy Long Island, it is a useful resource for any coastal state.

Related Organizations: Pace University School of Law, Land Use Law Center, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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