FEATURES & HIGHLIGHTS
Climate Adaptation Academy Workshop
Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation III: Road Flooding
Held on January 25, 2019
This UConn Climate Adaptation Academy workshop highlighted road flooding. We focused on projected road flooding with sea level rise along with concurrent impacts to tidal wetlands and marsh migration. We then explored various approaches to identifying and prioritizing road flooding issues including consideration of environmental and natural resource impacts, basic engineering concerns, local “political” issues, applicable regulations at both the state and federal levels, and legal options and concerns for municipalities. READ MORE.
Municipal Issues & Needs for Addressing Climate Adaptation in Connecticut
Coastal municipalities are facing a significant number of challenges in planning for, and adapting to, changing weather patterns and climate change. Lack of resources and staff expertise make it more important than ever that research and support designed to assist municipalities with resiliency planning and implementation be something they can truly use. This study, designed to collect information on what exactly coastal communities can “truly use,” was one of ten tasks comprising the Municipal Resilience Planning Assistance Project, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2015 and coordinated by the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA). All ten tasks were focused on the coastal counties impacted by Storm Sandy in 2012.
From June 2016 to February 2017, officials from twenty municipalities in Connecticut counties impacted by Superstorm Sandy were interviewed to develop a list of their most pressing concerns and needs with respect to climate resiliency. A second objective was to determine what standard of authority and data uncertainty associated with research on sea level rise and floodplain mapping municipal officials are willing to accept, with regard to including this information in their planning and regulatory documents. The information in this report can be used by researchers and state agencies so they can provide resources that municipalities find applicable to their needs and defensible when used.
Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation: Four New Legal Fact Sheets
A number of questions were raised at Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation, a conference held by UConn CLEAR's and Connecticut Sea Grant's Climate Adaptation Academy in late 2015. The Marine Affairs Institute & RI Sea Grant Legal Program at Roger Williams University School of Law reviewed the questions, which came from the audience during the course of the conference. The Legal Program then developed four fact sheets addressing the following topics:
- Takings and Coastal Management,
- Property and Permitting Boundaries at the Shoreline,
- Governmental Tort Liability for Disclosure of Flood Hazard Information, and
- Flood and Erosion Control Structures.
NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED TO HELP COASTAL PROPERTY OWNERS AND BEACH ASSOCIATIONS
GROTON, CT---Connecticut Sea Grant announces a new website intended to assist coastal Connecticut beach property owners and beach associations with hazards such as impacts from storms and associated erosion and flooding. The new site helps users evaluate threats and prepare to protect property from further damage. A variety of actions, depending on the scale of damage and cost, are provided, including options such as dune restoration, repairing seawalls, moving landward or elevating structures. The new site is accessible at http://beachduneguide.uconn.edu
“We hope this website will be a valuable resource for both coastal property owners and managers in helping to protect infrastructure as well as the natural environment” said Dr. Juliana Barrett, one of the site’s creators. Barrett is an associate coastal habitat educator with Connecticut Sea Grant and UConn Extension. The site was based on Maine Sea Grant’s Coastal Hazards site; we have added our own special touches in adapting to Connecticut.
NEWS & UPDATES
- Coastal Storm Preparedness Story Map for ConnecticutAs part of NOAA’s Coastal Storm Awareness Program, ten social science research and related technology transfer projects were funded to improve public response to coastal storm hazard information. In one of these studies, Marlon et al. (2015) found that the majority of coastal Connecticut residents (70%) are either unsure or unaware if their home is […]Posted on December 11, 2018
- Climate Corps Begins its Second YearWith the start of the fall semester, the UConn Climate Corps began its second year of operation with 24 students enrolled. The Climate Corps is a unique blend of classroom education, service learning, and Extension outreach supported by the Provost’s Office. Students take a fall semester class that emphasizes town-level impacts, issues and responses related […]Posted on December 11, 2018
- Upcoming Climate Adaptation Academy on Road FloodingLegal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation III: Road Flooding REGISTER NOW NOTE: Registration Closes Jan. 18, 2019 Building on the foundations from two previous Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation workshops and the participants’ questions they generated, this session will focus on the legal and physical challenges municipalities are facing due to road […]Posted on December 11, 2018
- Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation: Four New Legal Fact SheetsA number of questions were raised at Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation, a conference held by UConn CLEAR’s and Connecticut Sea Grant’s Climate Adaptation Academy in late 2015. The Marine Affairs Institute & RI Sea Grant Legal Program at Roger Williams University School of Law reviewed the questions, which came from the audience […]Posted on March 27, 2017
- New Website Launched to Help Coastal Property Owners and Beach AssociationsGROTON, CT—Connecticut Sea Grant announces a new website intended to assist coastal Connecticut beach property owners and beach associations with hazards such as impacts from storms and associated erosion and flooding. The new site helps users evaluate threats and prepare to protect property from further damage. A variety of actions, depending on the scale of […]Posted on August 8, 2016
- New Guide for Coastal Conservation and Climate ChangeClimate change is altering coastal environments and how conservation is approached. To address this challenge, NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management has produced a new Guide for Considering Climate Change in Coastal Conservation, along with a companion How to Consider Climate Change in Coastal Conservation self-guided online resource. These products are now live on NOAA’s Digital Coast under “Training” […]Posted on August 1, 2016
- Adaptation Clearinghouse 2.0 Launches With Powerful New Tools for Adaptation ProfessionalsThe Adaptation Clearinghouse was recently relaunched with a fresh makeover and new tools to assist state policymakers, resource managers, academics, and others who are working to help communities adapt to climate change. CHECK IT OUT!Posted on July 13, 2016
- Try the new Climate Resilience ToolkitsClimate change is here now, and we need to prepare for more extreme weather events and build more resilient communities and ecosystems. Check out these easy-to-use tools, including interactive maps and visualizations, that will help prepare your community for the impacts of climate change. See how you can help your community or business get ready. […]Posted on November 19, 2014