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Managing the Retreat from Rising Seas: Lessons and Tools from 17 Case Studies

July 15, 2020

This report, produced by the Georgetown Climate Center, features 17 case studies about how states, local governments, and communities across the country are approaching questions about managed retreat. Together, the case studies highlight how different types of legal and policy tools are being considered and implemented across a range of jurisdictions — from urban, suburban, and rural to riverine and coastal — to help support new and ongoing discussions on the subject. These case studies are intended to provide transferable lessons and potential management practices for coastal state and local policymakers evaluating managed retreat as one part of a strategy to adapt to climate change on the coast. The case studies in this report were informed by policymakers, practitioners, and community members leading, engaging in, or participating in the work presented in this report. This report was written to support Georgetown Climate Center’s Managed Retreat Toolkit, which also includes additional case study examples and a deeper exploration of specific legal and policy tools for use by state and local decisionmakers, climate adaptation practitioners, and planners.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Katie Spidalieri, Isabelle Smith

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Georgetown Climate Center Managed Retreat Toolkit

July 15, 2020

Managed retreat, or the voluntary movement and transition of people and ecosystems away from vulnerable coastal areas, is increasingly becoming part of the conversation as coastal states and communities face difficult questions on how best to protect people, development, infrastructure, and coastal ecosystems from sea-level rise, flooding, and land loss. Georgetown Climate Center’s new Managed Retreat Toolkit combines legal and policy tools, best and emerging practices, and case studies to support peer learning and decisionmaking around managed retreat and climate adaptation. 

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Georgetown Climate Center, Katie Spidalieri, Annie Bennett

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Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington: Past, Present and Future

June 2012

This study provides the first comprehensive regional projections of the changes in sea level expected in California, Oregon, and Washington - posing serious risks to the infrastructure, development, and wetlands along this 1,600 mile shoreline. California Executive Order S-13-08 directed state agencies to plan for sea-level rise and coastal impacts, and asked the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies to establish a committee to assess sea-level rise. Oregon, Washington, and several federal agencies joined California to sponsor the study.

Related Organizations: The National Academies, State of California, State of Washington, State of Oregon, National Academy of Sciences, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Maryland's Living Shoreline Protection Act of 2008 (HB 973)

April 22, 2008

In its January 2008 interim report, the Maryland Commission on Climate Change recommended that the state begin to actively address the impacts on the natural environment of shore erosion induced by sea level rise. The Commission's report recommends a unified approach to shoreline management. Specifically, the Commission suggests that the state resolve management conflicts presented by the current statute and regulatory practice of permitting shore protection alternatives based on the order of preference.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of the Environment

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Louisiana Executive Order Number JBE 2020-19 on Coastal Resilience

August 19, 2020

In August 2020, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed Executive Order (EO) Number JBE 2020-19 to require all state agencies to pursue Louisiana's coastal protection and adaptation goals and incorporate resilience planning into every state agency's operations. To accomplish these goals, the governor established the position of Chief Resilience Officer and resilience leads in each state agency to coordinate actions with Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan to make the coast more resilient in the face of climate change.

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Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Study for the City of Los Angeles, California

December 2013

From the University of Southern California (USC) Sea Grant Program, this vulnerability assessment is a summary of initial research on the potential impacts of sea level rise on Los Angeles’s resources and population, coastal and shoreline assets. The report contains the findings of a coastal vulnerabilities study, as well as the results of physical, social and economic vulnerability assessment studies that were commissioned by the City and USC Sea Grant.   In the final section, a suite of adaptation measures for sea level rise is provided, along with several recommendations for moving forward.

Related Organizations: Regional AdaptLA, University of Southern California Sea Grant, Susanne Moser Research and Consulting, Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC), ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Authors or Affiliated Users: Phyllis Grifman, Juliette Hart, Jill Ladwig, Alyssa Newton Mann, Marika Schulhof

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Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers

2010

In this document the NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) provides guidance to state coastal managers on developing and implementing a climate change adaptation plan. After an overview of climate science and coastal impacts, the guide walks users through the entire adaptation planning life cycle, using coastal specific examples, case studies and resources within each stage.

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

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Delaware Sea Level Rise Initiative

September 2011

The Delaware Coastal Programs Section of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is leading a multi-year Sea Level Rise Initiative to help assess, prepare for and minimize the potential impacts of sea level rise. The Sea Level Rise Initiative Project Compendium was released in September 2011, which provides an inventory of all of Delaware Coastal Programs' projects related to sea level rise. It is intended to help increase collaboration between agencies, reduce redundancy and overlap in projects relating to sea level rise and to relay information about new data, information and tools.

Related Organizations: University of Delaware, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

Author or Affiliated User: Susan Love

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California Coastal Management with a Changing Climate

November 2008

This report examines the challenges California's coastal managers will face as a result of a changing climate, the adaptation tools available, and the extent to which federal, state, regional and local institutions are prepared for changing conditions. It demonstrates that climate change will reinforce the management tradeoffs that are already present, bringing new challenges to the balancing act between nature and coastal development.

Related Organizations: Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Ellen Hanak, Georgina Moreno

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Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Vulnerability to Climate Change - Phase I: Sea-level rise and coastal storms

July 2008

On April 20, 2007 Governor Martin O'Malley signed Executive Order 01.01.2007.07, establishing the Maryland Commission on Climate Change. The Commission created four Adaptation and Response Working Groups to develop the adaptation portions of the state's Climate Action Plan. With a focus on sea-level rise and coastal storms, the four groups were: Existing and Future Built Environment and Infrastructure; Financial and Economic; Human Health, Safety and Welfare; and Natural Resources.

Related Organizations: Maryland Commission on Climate Change, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Department of the Environment, Maryland Department of Planning

Resource Category: Planning

 

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