The Department of Ecology is currently updating the rules that implement the Shoreline Management Act (SMA), including the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines (WAC 173-26).[i] Part of Ecology’s rulemaking scope[ii] is to consider including a new section on planning for sea level rise.
On April 1st, Ecology hosted a workshop bringing together key technical experts and select shoreline planners who have been working on addressing sea level rise in Washington. The workshop sought to:
· Clarify the intent and parameters of Ecology’s rulemaking process;
· Understand the state of the science and upcoming research that will help inform community planning for sea level rise;
· Identify lessons learned from current planning; and
· Gather ideas for changes to Shoreline Master Program Guidelines and areas to develop supporting implementation guidance.
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