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StormSmart Coasts Workshop February 17, 2011

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South Coastal Region StormSmart Coasts Workshop

Sponsored by:
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management,
Buzzards Bay Action Committee, and
Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program

Thursday February 17, 2011
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

New Bedford Fort Rodman Community Center
1000 South Rodney French Boulevard
New Bedford, MA
Get Directions (the grey-roofed building south of the arrow inside the gate)

The workshop is free.

Storm Smart Coasts Pilot Projects and South Coastal Partnership Opportunities Workshop

New Bedford Wastewater Treatment Plant
Conference Room
1000 S. Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA
Thursday, February 17, 2011 • 9 AM to noon


Private and public development and redevelopment continue Private and public development and redevelopment continue to expand in flood and erosion prone areas of coastal communities. Simultaneously, due to the expected impacts of climate change, the intensity of coastal storms may increase over the coming years. When combined, these two factors portend an increase in the potential harmful impacts to people and property in coastal communities. The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) StormSmart Coasts initiative through its web-based suite of tools and pilot projects seeks to help communities improve efforts to manage coastal floodplains within their towns and reduce future storm impacts.

The StormSmart Coasts Workshop will remind communities of the tools available on the CZM StormSmart Coasts website, summarize the first round of pilot projects, and discuss community opportunities for participation in an upcoming second round of pilot projects. These efforts are designed to enhance local management of coastal floodplains in Massachusetts. The program and workshop target municipal officials including staff and members of Planning Boards, Conservation Commissions, Zoning Board of Appeals, Department of Public Works, Building/Engineering Departments, Boards of Health, and emergency management officials.

The workshop will provide information about CZM's StormSmart Coasts website, which was created to support local efforts to improve the management of coastal floodplains in Massachusetts.


9:00 a.m. Registration (coffee and pastries provided)
9:25 a.m. Introductions and workshop goals (Dave Janik, CZM)
9:30 a.m. StormSmart Coasts program philosophy and web resources (Rebecca Haney, CZM)
9:45 a.m. 2008-2010 Community Pilot Projects (Julia Knisel, CZM)
• Boston: inundation mapping and review of regulatory tools to address sea level rise
• Hull: visualization of storm surge at higher sea levels and incentive for building higher
• Duxbury, Kingston and Plymouth: increasing public and contractor awareness of flooding issues and mitigation measures
• Falmouth: multi hazard mitigation plan with a climate lens
• Oak Bluffs: coastal floodplain zoning bylaw and special permit regulations �" process and parameters for development
11:00 a.m. Break
11:10 a.m. Requirements of towns to apply and participate in 2011-2013 Community Pilot Projects �" climate adaptation and local planning teams (Rebecca Haney, CZM)
11:20 a.m. Brainstorming potential projects (participants facilitated by Dave Janik, CZM)
12:00 p.m. Adjourn

Contact Tracy Warncke at (508) 291-3625 x10 or to register for this free workshop. For more information, contact CZM South Coastal Coordinator David Janik at (508) 291-3625 x12 or email him at