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This tab includes laws, legislation, regulations, agency guidance, and executive orders relevant to the coastal sector.  

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Caltrans Guidance on Incorporating Sea Level Rise - for use in the planning and development of Project Initiation Documents

May 16, 2011

This guidance document was developed by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) pursuant to Executive Order S-13-08, issued by then Governor Schwarzenegger in November 2008. It provides guidance to Caltrans staff Project Development Teams on how to assess the vulnerability of transportation projects to sea-level rise (SLR) impacts and incorporate adaptation into the programming and design of vulnerable projects. 

Related Organizations: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

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PlanMaryland (MD 2011 Executive Order 01.01.2011.22)

December 19, 2011

PlanMaryland - "A Sustainable Growth Plan for the 21st Century," is an executive policy plan for sustainable growth that provides a framework for a collaborative process between State and local governments to address climate change and sea level rise impacts. State agencies are directed to target their resources to help achieve smart growth at the local level - supporting Maryland’s counties and municipalities to identify their growth and preservation areas to meet land use, planning and development goals.

Related Organizations: State of Maryland

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Creation of “Adaptation Action Areas” in Florida's Community Planning Act

June 2, 2011

The 2011 Florida Legislature passed the Community Planning Act (CPA - HB 7207) making significant changes to the state’s growth management laws, including the addition of optional adaptation planning for coastal hazards and the potential impacts of sea level rise. The Adaptation Action Area (AAA), as defined in the CPA, is an optional comprehensive plan designation for areas that experience coastal flooding and that are vulnerable to the related impacts of rising sea levels for prioritizing funding for infrastructure and adaptation planning.

Related Organizations: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)

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Virginia SB 964 (2011): Coastal resource management; Living Shorelines; VA Marine Resources Commission, et al. to develop integrated guidance.

April 29, 2011

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) was directed by SB 964 in 2011 to develop and implement a general permit regulation that authorizes and encourages the use of living shorelines as the preferred alternative for stabilizing tidal shorelines.

Related Organizations: Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

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Guidance for Addressing Climate Change in California Coastal Conservancy Projects

April 4, 2011

The Coastal Conservancy’s Climate Ready program focuses on protecting important coastal resources and habitats from the current and future impacts of climate change, along the California coast and within the San Francisco Bay. The 'Guidance for Addressing Climate Change in California Coastal Conservancy Projects' provides grantees and Conservancy staff clarification, information and resources to assist in understanding and applying the Conservancy’s adopted Climate Change Policy and Project Selection Criteria.

Related Organizations: State of California, California State Coastal Conservancy

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California Coastal Conservancy Climate Change Policy and Project Selection Criteria

November 10, 2011

The California Coastal Conservancy’s Climate Ready program focuses on protecting important coastal resources and habitats from the current and future impacts of climate change. The Conservancy is collaborating with local partners and other agencies to prepare communities along the California coast and within the San Francisco Bay for climate change. The Conservancy updated its "Climate Change Policy and Project Selection Criteria" on November 10, 2011.

Related Organizations: California State Coastal Conservancy

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California Ocean Protection Act (amended 2011)

January 2011

The California Ocean Protection Act (COPA) was signed into law in 2004 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, establishing the California Ocean Protection Trust Fund and the Ocean Protection Council (OPC). As amended in 2011, COPA is also a tool in assisting city governments to plan for climate change adaptation and sea level rise.

Related Organizations: California Ocean Protection Council

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Roadmap for Restoring Ecosystem Resiliency and Sustainability

March 2010

Created by the Louisiana-Mississippi Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Working Group of the Executive Office of the President, under President Obama, this strategy document, or "roadmap," provides guidance to Working Group members to address policy, process, and legal hurdles to coastal restoration in the region. It outlines specific actions to take place over 18 months in 2010 and part of 2011 for these participating agencies. It also lays the foundation for a long-term vision to be achieved jointly with the states in the region.

Related Organizations: Executive Office of the President of the United States

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Virginia's Coastal Zone Management Program

June 2010

The Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (CZMP) is a network of Virginia state agencies and local governments, established in 1986 through an Executive Order, which administers enforceable laws, regulations and policies that protect Virginia’s coastal resources and foster sustainable development. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) serves as the lead agency for the “networked program,” that manages the state’s coastal resources by administering the laws and regulations that protect wetlands, dunes, subaqueous lands, fisheries, and air and water quality - within the Virginia coastal zone.

Related Organizations: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality , Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

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National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes (National Ocean Policy, Executive Order 13547)

July 19, 2010

The National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes - or the 'National Ocean Policy' - was enacted by President Obama in 2010.  The purpose of this Executive Order is "to achieve an America whose stewardship ensures that the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes are healthy and resilient, safe and productive, and understood and treasured so as to promote the well-being, prosperity, and security of present and future generations."

Related Organizations: National Ocean Council, Executive Office of the President of the United States

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