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Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Regulations

May 10, 2013

The Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Regulations, 310 CMR 11.00 et seq., were last revised as of May 10, 2013, and now contain language that requires all state agencies to prepare for climate change impacts, in addition to limiting greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Establishing the Washington Coastal Marine and Marine Resources Advisory Councils (2013-14 ESB 5603)

July 28, 2013

Effective July 28, 2013 under Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Engrossed Senate Bill 5603 established a Coastal Marine Advisory Council and a Marine Resources Advisory Council. The Coastal Marine Advisory Council was created to be a forum for discussing a variety of coastal water issues and to provide recommendations to the governor and legislature on coastal waters resource management issues. The Marine Resources Advisory Council was created to focus more specifically on issues of ocean acidification and provide recommendations to the governor and legislature of actions to reduce the effects and sources of ocean acidification.

Related Organizations: Washington State Department of Ecology

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New Hampshire Senate Bill 163: Establishing a commission to recommend legislation to prepare for projected sea level rise and other coastal and coastal watershed hazards

July 2, 2013

Senate Bill 163 establishes a Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission for the State of New Hampshire.  The commission is directed to recommend future legislation in order for coastal communities and the state to better prepare for rising sea levels and other weather-related hazards.

Related Organizations: State of New Hampshire

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State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document 2013 Update

March 15, 2013

The State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document was developed by the Coastal and Ocean Working Group of the California Climate Action Team (CO-CAT), with scientific support from the CA Ocean Protection Council’s Science Advisory Team and the California Ocean Science Trust.

Related Organizations: State of California, California Ocean Protection Council, California Climate Action Team (CAT)

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Climate Change and "Coast Smart" Construction (Maryland Executive Order 01.01.2012.29)

December 28, 2012

On behalf of the State of Maryland, Governor Martin O’Malley has signed the Executive Order (01. 01. 2012. 29) Climate Change and “Coast Smart” Construction on December 28, 2012 - a landmark initiative to increase the State’s long term resiliency to storm-related flooding and sea level rise. The Executive Order enacts a number of policy directives, including directing all State agencies to consider the risk of sea level rise, flooding and extreme weather to be taken into account in the construction or reconstruction of all state buildings and facilities - and structures to be elevated two or more feet above the 100-year base flood level.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, State of Maryland, Maryland Commission on Climate Change, Maryland Department of General Services

Author or Affiliated User: Governor Martin O'Malley

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Maryland Climate Change and "Coast Smart" Construction (Executive Order 01.01.2012.29) – Application to Transportation Infrastructure and Facilities

December 28, 2012

On December 28, 2012, then-Governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley, Executive Order 01.01.2012.29, Climate Change and “Coast Smart” Construction, directing all state agencies to consider the risk of coastal flooding and sea level rise in the siting and design of state structures to avoid or minimize impacts. The order applies to all state facilities and structures, including transportation facilities.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, State of Maryland

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CA SB 1066 - Climate Ready California Coastal Conservancy

September 27, 2012

The California State Coastal Conservancy, established in 1976, is a state agency that uses entrepreneurial techniques to purchase, protect, restore, and enhance coastal resources, and to provide access to the shore- working in partnership with local governments, other public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private landowners.

Related Organizations: California State Coastal Conservancy, State of California

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Connecticut Coastal Omnibus Bill - An Act Concerning the Coastal Management Act and Shoreline Flood and Erosion Control Structures (SB 376, Public Act 12-101)

2012

In 2012 the Connecticut General Assembly passed Public Act 12-101, ‘An Act Concerning the Coastal Management Act and Shoreline Flood and Erosion Control Structures.’  For the first time, the concept of sea level rise was incorporated into the Connecticut Coastal Management Act (CMA)’s general goals and policies of coastal planning.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), University of Connecticut

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San Francisco Bay Plan (California)

October 6, 2011

The San Francisco Bay Plan contains the policies that the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) uses to determine whether permit applications can be approved for projects within the Commission’s jurisdiction, which consists of the Bay, salt ponds, managed wetlands, certain waterways and land within 100 feet of the Bay.   On October 6, 2011, the BCDC unanimously approved an amendment to the Plan to update the 22-year-old sea level rise findings and policies and more broadly address climate change adaptation.

Related Organizations: San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)

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Sea-Level Change Considerations in Civil Works Programs (USACE EC 1165-2-212)

October 1, 2011

Developed in 2011 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), this circular provides guidance for incorporating the direct and indirect physical effects of projected future sea-level change across the project life cycle in managing, planning, engineering, designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining USACE projects and systems of projects. The guidelines apply to all USACE elements having Civil Works responsibilities and is applicable to all USACE Civil Works activities. This guidance supersedes all previous guidance on this subject, and expires on September 30, 2013.

Related Organizations: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

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