Survey Available: Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan

In the summer of 2023, the city began working with the engineering firm, Seamon Whiteside, on a Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan. To view the scope of the project in more detail, please see the following documents:

Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan RFP

Seamon Whiteside's Response

As the threat of rising sea levels continues to impact coastal communities around the world, it is crucial for the city to develop strategies to mitigate the risks and ensure the long-term sustainability of our community. The Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan is a proactive and forward-thinking approach to ensure the long-term sustainability and resilience of our community.

The Sea Level Adaptation Plan will help steer policy and funding decisions to address the challenges posed by rising sea levels and protect our community from potential impacts. This plan is being developed through the collection and analysis of data, collaboration with experts, and engagement with local stakeholders.

In addition to coastal protection, the plan will focus on enhancing our community's resilience through sustainable and green infrastructure development, such as rain gardens and permeable pavements, to manage stormwater runoff and reduce the strain on our drainage systems.

To date, the city’s consultant has hosted a series of stakeholder meetings and compiled sea level rise data to help determine the appropriate planning horizon and develop realistic expectations for the amount of rise the community can expect over that horizon.

The next steps will include engaging the residents to learn about the challenges, opportunities, and opinions that will be incorporated into a future plan.

Please help the city with this important initiative by taking a short survey by August 1, 2024. This survey will help create the foundation of this important plan and help ensure that our community is prepared to handle the challenges the future will bring.