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:
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