Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation III: Road Flooding

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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.

January 25, 2019

The third of a Three Part Series

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    9:00

    Introduction/Purpose of workshop/Series 

    • Juliana Barrett, Connecticut Sea Grant

    9:15-10:00

    SLAMM II

    • David Kozak, Senior Coastal Planner, Land and Water Resources Division CT DEEP

    Model results of tidal wetland migration and road flooding under various sea level rise scenarios

    10:00-10:15

    Break

    10:15-11:15

    Physical/Engineered Responses to Road Flooding

    Various approaches to identifying and prioritizing road flooding issues, as explored by municipal planners, conservation officers, and engineers including consideration of environmental and natural resource impacts, basic engineering concerns and local “political” issues.

    11:15-Noon

    Legal Issues: Review Legal Factsheet: Responding to Nuisance Flooding of Coastal Highways: Options for Municipalities

    • Read Porter, Senior Staff Attorney, Marine Affairs Institute and Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program, Roger William University School of Law and Olivia Thompson, Legal Intern and Student, Roger Williams School of Law

    Noon-12:30

    Lunch

    12:30-1:30

    Environmental and Regulatory Implications of Adaptation Alternatives

    • Harry Yamalis, Environmental Analyst II Land and Water Resources Division, CT DEEP
    • Jeff Caiola, Assistant Director, Land & Water Resources Division, CT DEEP
    • Paula Kullberg, Senior Project Manager, Regulatory Division, ACOE

    1:30-2:30

    Panel Discussion and Q & A