Past Workshops & Agendas

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    Climate Adaptation Academy

Managed Retreat in the Age of Climate Change

Workshop held on November 13, 2020

When talking about community response to climate change issues, retreat is the "R" word. But it is already happening in coastal states throughout the country, including here in Connecticut. Is it a good or bad idea? Will we be forced to retreat due to sea level rise in 30 years or 50 years? What does it mean to a community and how do we manage it? This workshop was intended to begin the discussion about managed retreat in the face of climate change. Examples of retreat in Connecticut were also be highlighted.

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Living Shoreline Workshop Part III


A Design Charrette

The third workshop of a three part series was held on September 15th, 2016 at Harkness Memorial Sate Park Waterford, CT. 

You are invited to participate in a Living Shoreline Design Charrette at Harkness Memorial State Park. Teams made up of workshop participants will design a living shoreline for the on-site beach/dune, bluff or tidal wetland system. The designs will be presented and critiqued from a regulatory perspective by a panel of municipal, state and federal officials. The goal of this charrette is for participants to gain a better understanding of living shoreline designs and what will and will not be permitted in Connecticut. 

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Living Shoreline Workshop Part II

The second workshop of a three part series was held on June 24th, 2015 at Avery Point campus in Groton, CT. 

The 2nd in a series of workshops, Living Shorelines II focused on an integrated approach to living shorelines and review examples of living shorelines installations in CT and other states.

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Living Shoreline Workshop Part I

The First workshop of a three part series was held on January 9th, 2015 at Avery Point campus in Groton, CT. 

  • What are living shorelines?
  • How are they important to Connecticut?
  • What is the process for permitting living shorelines?

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Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation Part III

The third of a Three Part Series, held on January 25, 2019 in Haddam, CT

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.

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Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation Part II

Building on the foundations from the Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation workshop held in November 2015 and the participants’ questions it generated, we present 4 fact sheets that address many of these questions. The afternoon session delves into two major climate adaptation issues with numerous legal ramifications: elevating structures and resilience of roadways.

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Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation Part I

The first in a 3 part series of workshops exploring how sea level rise and climate adaptation efforts may be addressed through legal concepts like the Public Trust Doctrine and regulatory processes like permitting and how climate adaptation may change how we look at those concepts and processes.

Environment Chairman Rep. James Albis provided opening remarks.

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Water: Too Much or Not Enough?

March 31, 2017

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Impacts of Increased Precipitation on Connecticut Communities-What to Expect

October 10, 2014

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Climate Adaptation Academy

May 2014

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For Citation Purposes: Connecticut Sea Grant & University of Connecticut’s Center for Land Use Education and Research. (October 14, 2016). Past Workshops and Agendas.