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California Biodiversity Initiative: A Roadmap for Protecting the State’s Natural Heritage

September 1, 2018

The California Biodiversity Initiative was enacted by Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-54-18 in order to “improve understanding of the State’s biological richness and identify actions to preserve, manage, and restore ecosystems to protect the State’s biodiversity from climate change.”

Related Organizations: California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Department of Food and Agriculture, California Natural Resources Agency

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Maine Act to Help Municipalities Prepare for Sea Level Rise (LD 563)

May 29, 2019

Maine Governor Janet Mills signed into law LD 563, “An Act to Help Municipalities Prepare for Sea Level Rise” in May 2019. The law amends the State’s growth management and local land-use planning requirements (at Title 30-A, Chapter 187 of the Maine Code) to address the effects of sea-level rise. It allows coastal municipalities and “multimunicipal” regions including coastal municipalities to consider sea level rise projections and potential effects on buildings, transportation infrastructure, sewage treatment facilities, and other municipal or private facilities.

Related Organizations: State of Maine

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CA AB 3012 State Coastal Conservancy: grants: climate change projects

September 21, 2018

AB 3012 authorizes the State Coastal Conservancy to address climate change impacts on California’s coastal resources through funding projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, address extreme weather events, sea level rise, storm surge, beach and bluff erosion, salt water intrusion, flooding, and other coastal hazards that threaten coastal communities, infrastructure, and natural resources.

Related Organizations: California State Coastal Conservancy

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New York Regulation - Part 490 - Projected Sea-Level Rise

February 2017

New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) finalized this regulation establishing statewide science-based sea-level rise projections for the three distinct coastal regions of the state: Mid-Hudson, New York City/Lower Hudson, and Long Island. The projections, which were required by the 2014 Community Risk and Resiliency Act (CRRA), will be used and considered by state agencies and applicants in state permitting and other decisionmaking processes, as required by CRRA.

Related Organizations: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

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New Hampshire Coastal Resilience Incentive Zone Program for Municipalities

September 3, 2017

In 2017, New Hampshire passed a new law, New Hampshire Revised Statutes § 79-E:4-a, that enables municipalities to create a tax incentive program to encourage resiliency in coastal areas. Municipalities can establish “Coastal Resilience Incentive Zones” (CRIZ) in their jurisdictions to grant property owners tax relief for undertaking “resilience measures” for qualified properties or structures identified as impacted by storm surge, sea-level rise, or extreme precipitation projections.

Related Organizations: State of New Hampshire

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Rhode Island H 5042/S 1005 2017: Flooding and Sea Level Rise Training for Municipal Planning Boards and Commissions

September 27, 2017

Rhode Island has approved legislation that requires all members of local planning boards and commissions to participate in a training program on the impacts of flooding and sea level rise to the state. One of the priorities is to help ensure that local decision makers can calculate the effects of sea level rise and flooding on development and land use in flood plains. The training is a free two-hour course required once every two years, for both coastal and inland municipalities - as flooding is expected on inland rivers and waterways as sea level rises as well.

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

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New York City Waterfront Revitalization Program

June 2016

In June 2016, New York City updated its local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) to require development and redevelopment projects to consider and mitigate against the risks posed by climate change and sea level rise.   The LWRP is the city’s policies for management, use, and development of waterfront properties and coastal resources pursuant to the state's Waterfront Revitalization of Coastal Areas and Inland Waterway Act (NY Executive Law § 910 et seq. (McKinney)) and the federal Coastal Zone Management Act.

Related Organizations: New York City Department of City Planning, City of New York, New York

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Rhode Island Special House Commission to Study Economic Risk Due to Flooding and Sea Level Rise - Final Report

May 12, 2016

In June 2015, the Rhode Island resolution H-5478 created an 11 member special legislative study Commission whose purpose was to study and make recommendations concerning the economic risks relating to, and resulting from, sea rise and flooding in Rhode Island, and who would report back to the General Assembly by January of 2016. 

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

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New Hampshire SB 374: Requiring the Department of Environmental Services to update coastal flooding trends

May 20, 2016

New Hampshire Senate Bill 374, effective July 19, 2016, requires the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Service (DES) to convene a multi-agency group to update and summarize coastal flooding trends every five years, based on sea-level rise, extreme precipitation and storm surge projections.

Related Organizations: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, State of New Hampshire

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New York Tidal Wetlands Guidance Document

November 22, 2017

From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), this document offers guidance on permitting requirements for public or private living shorelines projects in the Marine and Coastal District Waters of New York (Lower Hudson River to the tip of Long Island).  Intended for permitting staff, design professionals, and property owners, this guidance encourages living shorelines over other hardening approaches for flood and erosion control and promotes consistent permit determination for living shoreline projects.

Related Organizations: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

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