Maryland kicks off coastal initiative


Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced the first four projects that will start the state's new Coast-Smart Communities Initiative.

Created in response to the Maryland Commission on Climate Change Action Plan, the initiative provides financial and technical assistance to coastal communities to address vulnerability to the impacts of rising sea levels and climate change.

"With more than 4,000 miles of coastline, Maryland is one of the most vulnerable states in the nation to the impacts of sea level rise," O'Malley said in a statement. "Even as we work to aggressively address the drivers of climate change - by reducing greenhouse gas emissions - we must also ensure our coastal communities are ready, adaptive and resilient now."

Out of the nine proposals received, four projects were selected and will begin in October, including:

  • The development of a strategic plan targeting sea level rise and climate change in Anne Arundel County.
  • Improvements to Caroline County's flood-plain and storm-water management programs.
  • A sea level rise adaptation and response plan for Annapolis that includes a vulnerability and impact assessment, as well as outlining policy response options.
  • An integrated community and watershed design project for the town of Queenstown.

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