Are Washington capital grant programs explicitly addressing climate change and sea level rise issues?
By Felicia Olmeta-Schult, Washington Sea Grant State Fellow at Washington Dept. of Ecology, Shorelands & Environmental Assistance Program
We reviewed the list of grant programs funded under the 2017-2019 State Capital Budget and 2018 Supplemental Budget. Programs were selected based on the language used within their description and mission statement. This effort resulted in a baseline inventory of 60 capital grant programs potentially funding projects in areas vulnerable to sea level rise (SLR). However, this list may not be exhaustive.
We then assessed if the programs funding guidelines did mention or not terms such as sea level rise and climate change. Of the 60 programs, we found four which included climate and sea level rise language within their funding guidelines:
By Michael Godfried, Senior Planner, UW Institute for Hazard Mitigation Planning & Research
Washington State Emergency Management Division has just released the Manual for Tsunami Vertical Evacuation Structures. The Manual was produced by the University of Washington Institute for Hazards Mitigation Planning and Research and funded by a National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Grant.
Please go to the following link: https://www.mil.wa.gov/tsunami
The Manual provides a process for communities to follow to plan, fund and build these structures and includes guidance on specific roles, funding sources and recommendations. Over 30 interviews and 2 public meetings in Ocean Shores and Aberdeen helped to inform the content of the Manual. The appendices document the public process and list valuable resources for communities.
By Nicole Faghin, Coastal Management Specialist, Washington Sea Grant
Washington State boasts 3,000 miles of coastline dotted with over 9,000 homes and critical infrastructure valued at more than $5.25 billion. The state’s Shoreline Master Programs (SMPs) play an important role in managing the land and environment affecting these resources. As we face increased storms and coastal flooding, we need to ensure our goals, policies and regulations address planning for and accommodating future conditions.
Starting in 2019, cities and counties in Washington State will begin to periodically update their SMPs. This may be an opportunity for communities to explore ways to incorporate sea level rise into these planning and regulatory documents. The question is where to start with this effort, and how should this issue be raised?
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